I hope you have found it easy to do Dawn Planning each morning, and that it has helped you achieve a bit more on your own plans.
Here’s the 2nd part of Daily Paperwork:
Set a timer for 30 minutes and take these actions after work or before dinner each day to make the evening more relaxing:
Make ‘Do or Diarise!’ your motto.
Getting down to business now, let’s look at routine paperwork. Track your activities 3 times daily, starting with...
Diarise all of the day’s planned activities according to your Weekly Plan – which came from your Monthly Plan, which in turn came from your Quarterly Plan, remember? You are sticking to those, right?
Add any necessary actions called for from:
You’ll be amazed how much you can fit into a day if you strike a good balance of pressure and pleasure :-)
Groove in Dawn Planning every day so you’re ready for the 2nd piece of Daily Paperwork coming up in the next post.
If mornings are frantic,
get into the habit of doing Dawn Planning the night before.
As mentioned in Reminder 13, winter is drawing to a close here in the South-West. August marks a particular change which locals have become well aware of. For example, last weekend it was like early spring -- beautiful and warm. Next thing? Heavy rains and bitterly cold winds. We’re sort of used to August being fickle like that.
In fact, noticeable shifts like this usually happen before the 3 months are up. This has long been recognised by the original inhabitants of the South-West of this state, who have identified six seasons. I’ve summarised these in the table below.
The Six Seasons of South-Western Australia
The descriptions at http://www.bom.gov.au/iwk/nyoongar/ are much better. Please take the time to look at this site for the official information on Indigenous Weather Knowledge.
One of the great ways you can use this information is to keep your wardrobe weather-ready. Get tips from my wardrobe upgrade download (upgrade download?) on my DIY page.
If you’re on a tight budget, just smarten up accessories or staples.
Remember to discard/recycle any superseded items.
Talking about self-care plans (as I briefly did in Reminder 12), how’s your appearance bearing up as winter draws to a close?
By the way, whenever I mention weather, I'm talking about what's current in the six seasons of Australia's south-west. Six?? Yep -- more about that next time...
In your Quarterly Plan, you may have set particular goals for health and/or gorgeousness.
If so, now’s the time to catch up on those steps, too.
Now you’ve set the home up with a few security measures, housekeeping routines and essential supplies, let’s consider the people who live with you, or are close in your life.
Plan and shop for a special family meal designed to maintain (or restore) family harmony – see The Guide on my DIY page.
This might be awkward at first, or even difficult if clutter of various kinds has taken over the household. Ignore any problems that this exercise may literally bring to the table, and just follow the guide every 8 days or so. Things should gradually improve.
‘Special’ in this case needn't mean a 3-course gourmet affair. The real requirement is that it be food everyone looks forward to!
PS: Is your First-Aid Kit fully stocked? Not to alarm you or anything...
Pop that on your shopping list, too. :-)
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Add mopping to your Weekly Cleaning 2 routine, after vacuuming the floors – but only if you've been doing the edges & fiddly bits from Weekly Cleaning 1. Dust bunnies do not like water. Vacuum or sweep them up first.
Break your shopping trips up in ways that help you eat well and save money. For example, if it’s convenient (too convenient?) to get to the shops, try this:
Sunday -- Buy fresh food from the butcher and greengrocer.
Thursday -- Top up food staples and household supplies.
Every few Saturdays -- Do other planned shopping.
Naturally, you should always take a list, and stick to it.
If an impulse-buy tempts you, write it on the list for next trip of that type.
You’ll put the item to better use if its appeal holds that long :-)
Decluttering your food stocks is a surprisingly uplifting chore for every six weeks or so.
By now you’ve had the chance to put in routines for weekly planning, end-of-week tidy-up, and weekend cleaning. You’ve diarised your long-term plans, and made a start on them, yes? Now, here’s your next Every: Every month you should check-in on those long-term plans, and write a new Monthly Plan. Let’s do one for August!
Monthly Review & Planning
1. Review progress against your Quarterly Plan (Reminder 1) to prioritise this month’s to-dos.
2. Break the tasks down into slightly more detail to give 4 weeks of progress.
3. Diarise these tasks.
4. Add other intentions & expectations for August.
5. Make space for these by maintaining other Everies learnt so far, beginning with Weekly Cleaning 1.
Reward yourself for July’s progress.
Set a nice treat to look forward to for carrying out your August Plan :-)
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