A Glimpse into my Planner – Second Quarter 2020 Review
In 2018, I did a monthly recap post. Last year, I did two recap posts: one at six months and one at year end. This year I’m taking a quarterly approach. We’ll see how this works out. You can read the first quarter 2020 recap here.
I started doing the recaps because I wanted to give you a glimpse into my planner – my very favorite life-changing planner. I know that sounds like a bit much, but this planner covers it all!
A quick overview of the Kitlife Daily Planner
- The Big 3 – This helps me prioritize. What three things MUST I get done today?
- Be Grateful – I note three things for which I’m grateful on that given day.
- Be Active – This is where I track my daily workouts.
New this year
- Self-care – I note one thing that I do that day to care for myself, anything from a nap to doing laundry or cleaning the house.
- Eat Well – This can serve as a place to note meals planned for the day or something I observe about how I ate or a reaction I had to a certain food such as it left me feeling bloated or left me satisfied.
In the extra space on each day, I make note of things the Lord shows me during my daily quiet time.
This planner reduced my desk by three books. Everything is now in one place, and I love it! So let’s get into the glimpse of the 2nd quarter of 2020.
2nd Quarter Highlights
Coronavirus – When I think of highlights, I usually think of something positive and worth celebrating. However, that’s not the case here. What makes COVID-19 a highlight is that it is certainly a memorable and significant part of the second quarter of 2020. For all of April and into May, we were instructed to quarantine in our homes. This impacted school, work, relationships, finances, etc. Coronavirus began in the first quarter of 2020 and has clearly defined the second quarter of the year. I’m sure it will continue to impact our lives. Maybe at the end of 2020, I’ll write an entire post on how this pandemic impacted my year. All has not been lost, that’s for sure.
Zoom calls – Everything was done by Zoom, the most significant being a weekly call with the Membership Community. One member recently shared this: “I so appreciate our zoom meetings. When the pandemic began this group was a lifeline for me.” Before all of this, we met up virtually about once a month, but when they asked for more support during such an uncertain time, I was happy to do it.
Mile A Day Streak – We started a streak in the Faith and Fitness Sisterhood on Memorial Day, and it continues to July 4. Participants committed to covering at least one mile a day walking, running, biking, swimming, elliptical, etc. The “mode” they chose was up to them; the only requirement was to move daily and cover at least 1 mile.
- DIY Latte
- Kindle Unlimited
- Kroger pick up
- Live sports
- Shelby Roadrunners
- Wins in the Membership Community
Throughout the second quarter, our local running group continued to meet. Although we maintained social distance and often ran in smaller groups, it was good to have that community and keep some sense of “normalcy” in our routine. My run streak continues even though my knee arthritis flared up recently. June 30th has me at Day 264.
I’m constantly reminded of the power of God’s Word and the benefits of meditating on it.
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Self-care during the second quarter has included things like a brownie and coffee, business training, nap, affirmations, allowing myself to cry, ignoring thoughts of comparison, house cleaning and laundry, and car maintenance. I also had my annual physical with my general practitioner. It’s important to maintain your wellness visits. If something was postponed due to the virus, please follow up and get that appointment on the schedule.
There’s no right or wrong for self-care. Simply put, self-care is doing something that makes you better. Sometimes that means I need a time out such as a nap, reading, or a Hallmark movie. Other times self-care is getting some things done – grocery pick up, laundry, paying bills, or making and attending an appointment. Self-care can be lifting weights, eating healthy foods, and drinking adequate amounts of water. It can also be a massage, a spa day, or a coffee date.
I imagine you’re getting the point. It’s important to acknowledge our needs and do something that makes us feel better, something that simply makes us better, every day. There’s no need for it to be a big deal. In fact, you likely practice self-care more regularly than you realize. I like that my planner has a blank for it to help me assess my day and my time a little more closely to help me recognize the things I do, why I do them, and how they impact me and those around me. Let’s not forget that self-care is important because it helps you and me care better for those around us.
I used this section to keep a food log simply to write what I ate. No macros or anything like that. It helped me pause to think about what I really wanted to eat and why. I began this because I found myself mindlessly eating and taking a bite of this and that without making a conscious choice about my next meal or snack.
Well, that could be anything. I sure didn’t see a pandemic happening in 2020 but it did nonetheless, and we’re adapting. So I can only share a couple of things that I’m working on but I remain open to the Lord’s guidance and pray that I will listen and obey.
I’m restructuring my free group and pouring more time and attention into the membership community. That simply means about 3 posts weekly in the Faith and Fitness Sisterhood and ongoing daily support and accountability in the membership community. That’s where we’re diving into Made to Crave Devotional and continuing the Mile A Day streak..
I’m working on a Food Freedom Series that will happen in the Faith and Fitness Sisterhood.
Can you commit to 100 days of something to help you become a better you? That’s the next challenge I may be posing for you.