I talked previously about just how excited I was to get started on all my goals this year. A month later, I feel like I’m falling behind. And this is your yearly reminder that up in the northern latitudes, SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder) is a big thing. Even though we are heading in a better direction, days are still pretty dark. I got a reminder of this earlier this week, courtesy of a friend, and let me tell you, it was a bit of a shock. I don’t know about the rest, but at least for me, I work so hard to hold on until Christmas that I forget that just because we’re heading toward the light doesn’t mean that we’ll immediately get there. And apparently, I needed that reminder.
I think I’ve mentioned before that I have a tendency to just keep loading my plate when I have the energy. The trouble with that is that once that juice runs out, I can’t keep up with all of the things that I decided I want to get done. Immediately, if not sooner. So here I am, sitting at the end of January, having done quite a lot of things this month, feeling like I’ve already fallen behind.
Things I’ve done in January:
- Finished jeans
- Made a long-sleeve t-shirt
- Made two Sirocco jumpsuits
- Put up 4 blog posts (plus this one, eventually)
- Put out 4 vlogs on my YouTube channel
- Learned some SEO to get more views both here on my blog and on the vlog
- Went through comments from my novel’s first readers
- Made decisions and did the fixes based on those comments
- Prepared for the next stage of edits
- Got comfortable deadlifting 40 kg. Next up heading to 50 kg
- worked a full-time dayjob
- Spent some good cuddle-time on the couch with my partner
- Washed the dog
So all in all, I managed to get quite a few things done this month. A lot of them are pretty big things as well. And when I stop to think about it, I’m actually pretty happy about everything that I’ve managed to do. It got harder toward the end of the month as SAD kicked in, but I still got so much done!
Productivity can be such a struggle sometimes. And when it is, it can be helpful to remind yourself of all the things you’ve done.