Happy March!

March 1, 2023

A more routine month . . .

February was filled with fun things, as discussed yesterday. March appears to be . . . a bit more mundane. No holidays, no real travel, no family birthdays requiring party planning (though I will have to think of something to send my mom!), no big races or events. No days off from work.

Hopefully it will be a productive and peaceful month to work towards my goals, practice my routines, and just enjoy ‘normal’ life.

(Because the next couple of months after that will likely be action packed!)


I did my monthly planning session this morning! This involved:

  • Reviewing February’s goals
  • Looking at the March calendar
  • Looking at my Quintile 1 goals
  • Breezing through my annual goals list

It sounds like that would take a while, but honestly it was about an hour. And now I feel (mostly) set for this new month.


What does your March look like?

Just realized “submit all tax info to accountant” is missing from the goals list but is very necessary and starting to be a bit urgent. Haha. Will add it in!


  • Reply Gwinne March 1, 2023 at 6:58 am

    Well…I haven’t even set all my Feb goals yet. Haha. It’s veen a doozy of a month. Glad it’s over. Looking ahead to Friday to regroup a bit.

  • Reply Anna March 1, 2023 at 8:27 am

    I feel like months fly by too quickly, so I actually go from quintiles straight to weekly. So much less stress and pressure. I love it.

    • Reply Sarah Hart-Unger March 1, 2023 at 9:24 am

      Some people skip monthly 🙂 I get it! I think it’s a great time to break up quintile goals into actionable steps personally but I think it works without as well. Sometimes a more-in depth weekly planning once a month works, too.

      • Reply Yvann March 2, 2023 at 10:55 am

        Why why why has skipping months not occurred to me before?! this is a genius idea

  • Reply Chelsea March 1, 2023 at 10:44 am

    March is “get ready for the spring/summer” month for me. I have the kids signed up for the camps they are going to do, and I just signed them up for swimming, which finally opened today.

    We also need to finalize our activity reservations (already have hotel and flights) for Boston, but the Duck Tour, which we really really want to do, doesn’t take reservations until a month out.

    And we need to get everything on the books for our family trip to the Grand Canyon. We have all of our hotels except for our nights in Las Vegas, but we still need to book the flights and get tickets for specific things we want to do on specific days. Luckily we are going in late May/early June so hopefully we will still be ahead of the rush.

    I’m going to feel very glad when all of that is set, and we can just go and have a good time 🙂

    • Reply Sarah Hart-Unger March 1, 2023 at 11:03 am

      Yep!!! It’s a “prep for future” month here too – spring break trip, summer trip, finalize camp, etc!! Grand Canyon sounds amazing!!!

  • Reply Coree March 1, 2023 at 11:00 am

    Similar to you, I have some house organisation stuff I’ve not been able to make a start. Not for lack of time really, but for lack of motivation. I made myself a tick box for every 5 items on our household todoist app as an added dopamine hit in hopes that helps. It’s just a bunch of annoying things that will take 10 minutes a piece, but I need the time at home (that 12 day chunk mid-month with no travel) to just knock through them. It’s also the time to start properly thinking about the garden.

    Workwise, it’s a bunch of admin – shortlisting for scholarships, logistics for a study trip, marking, etc and then two writing things that absolutely have to be done.

    The teaching union has just announced 2 more strike days – but we’ve found that my son really likes the strike club that aftercare runs so he’ll go there. I’d like to have the flexibility to keep him at home and do something fun, but right now I’m in survival mode until the end of April.

  • Reply Lisa of Lisa's Yarns March 1, 2023 at 12:15 pm

    February was a nutty month so I am coming up for air in the month of March which should be quieter. I’m only traveling once but it’s not until the 2nd half of the month. We start the month off on a fun note as our oldest turns 5! He is very very excited about his birthday and I am, too. I love birthdays so very very much!

    I’m hoping that I get more workouts in during the month of March and get back on track with my 23 in ’23 outdoor challenge. February was pretty awful but it was a weird month with a lot of travel and I was extremely busy at work! So I am greeting a new month/fresh start with open arms!

  • Reply Gillian March 1, 2023 at 12:23 pm

    My March includes a lot of dealing with clothing. We have a trip to AZ planned the beginning of April that will hopefully require warm-weather clothing so I need to make sure the kids and I are ready for that.

    I also have a super quick solo trip to AZ for a wedding later this month–something to look forward to.

    Otherwise, helping my 15 yo plan for Sophomore year is high on the to-do list.

    I also want to start thinking about vacations for 2024 since our 23-24 school calendar just came out.

    • Reply Sarah Hart-Unger March 1, 2023 at 12:33 pm

      Ours did too. (And I hate it!! Winter break starting on a Weds? ONE half day is all the school they have Thanksgiving week (why even have a day at all then)? Oh well 🙂

      • Reply Gillian March 1, 2023 at 2:04 pm

        I am not in love with ours either. We typically get the week of Presidents’ Day and the week leading up to Easter which also encompasses the start of Passover. When Easter is early and Passover is late we usually get the week AFTER Easter and then the first two days of Passover, but instead we get the week leading up to Easter and the first two days of Passover. but there are only 3 weeks between Presidents Day week and the Easter. It makes it hard to use both weeks for travel if you have a job! Gah!!!

        • Reply Sarah Hart-Unger March 1, 2023 at 2:08 pm

          wow, Passover is almost in MAY next year! That is crazy!

      • Reply KGC March 1, 2023 at 2:50 pm

        @SHU – go on vacation over Thanksgiving!!! I know you have previously been hesitant to pull kids out of school for trips, but they could totally miss the half-day and you could have a weeklong family trip somewhere (if you wanted to). We did a family cruise over the week of Thanksgiving this past year and I had no qualms about pulling my kiddo out because he only missed two half-days on Mon/Tues of Thanksgiving week (also ??? why even have them? why not one whole day? why not the whole week off? or 2-3 whole days of school? so many questions, but no one consulted me when they made the calendar!).

        • Reply Sarah Hart-Unger March 1, 2023 at 3:07 pm

          In this case I would absolutely blow off the 1/2 day, but sadly I can’t – I’m on call!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Reply Sophie March 1, 2023 at 3:27 pm

      I had a kid home sick yesterday so gave up on work and spent the last hour planning March and beyond- it was great! Felt so frustrated before, and so zen after. I didn’t plan Feb at all, we were moving house and it was just survival mode.
      Felt so good to plan March. It’s a month of, I hope, productivity at work (I’m a researcher so that means writing results for publication and grants), and FUN at home, (as mentioned in my comment yesterday), a mix of family visits, musicals, romantic 2 night mini-break, and then leading into school break and lead up to Easter. We are starting it with Hand Foot and Mouth disease in the house (nooo), but even that cannot deter my positivity haha!

  • Reply rachelinwales March 2, 2023 at 12:39 am

    I like seeing how you use the EC pages – in 2022 I started using a Daily Duo and definitely could improve my usage/enjoyment. February was a busy month with lots of visitors, March is a quieter month so looking forward to getting back into sport and social routines, as well as a family holiday. I’ve also booked off a day for a personal Q1 review at the end of March which I am super excited about.

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