Life was feeling really out of control last week BUT I feel like I have been able to corral everything over the past few days.
And I feel about 1000x better.
I still have a lot of balls in the air, but they feel . . . organized. Manageable. At least until someone gets the sniffles and our lives get disrupted again, I guess!
I even have a time slot (upcoming Monday AM – I am off before beginning a week of call) designated on my planner for reviewing and designing quarterly/monthly goals! Planning with actual thought put into it takes time and energy. If I’m going to be working hard and spending precious time on my goals . . . then I need to make sure the actual goals are the ones I want to be working towards.
In other news! I am almost done with I’d Give Anything and also White Fragility. The outside world may be a mess but my reading life is amazing. My current reading practice consists of non-fiction every morning first thing, and fiction in the evening (and randomly during the day if there is time!). I am not quite done with #5-6 on this list (but almost), so I am confident I will have finished 6 books in October:
1- Red at the Bone by Jacqueline Woodson (one of my favorite books all year)
2- I Was Told It Would Get Easier by Abbi Waxman
3- Brunch & Other Obligations by Suzanne Nugent
4- Minor Dramas & Other Catastrophes by Kathleen West (supremely entertaining)
5- I’d Give Anything by Marisa de los Santos (loving it)
6- White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo (not necessarily fun to read, but important)
This is well beyond my usual rate of 3.5. Admittedly some of these were not terribly long. But still – the obvious reason why is Operation 100. And I am much much happier spending my eyeball time on books (or good TV shows) compared to scrolling.
Honestly I’m not sure I’ll ever go back. Which makes me question whether I even want to have social media accounts in the first place, but I think that if I just use them to post big things (pix around holidays, announcements, and weekly podcast posts on the BLP account) then that’s a reasonable compromise. I know that means they won’t grow much but — honestly none of them were exploding anyway (!) so who cares.
It has worked really well for me to have a premade list encompassing the entire year! I have added to it (and moved things) but having the framework has allowed me to keep my library holds list moving without much thought. Otherwise I get stuck in that “WSIRN” space and I’d rather just be reading the next thing than perseverating on what to pick! I am planning to create a similar list for 2021. I’m ready for recs if you have them!!