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Q5 Time Tracking

December 5, 2023

I feel like it’s time

4 weeks left in 2023 – that doesn’t seem like it can be right, but it is. 3 weeks and 6 days, actually. (Is anyone else thrilled that 1/1 is a Monday? Seems so . . . appropriate!)

During those weeks I hope to:

  • CELEBRATE. Josh’s birthday, Hanukkah, Genevieve’s birthday, New Years’ Eve — truly excited for each of these!
  • RECOVER. Continue to slowly ramp up running (and including cross-training) in order to start my 2024 running year strong. I would love to do a 5K in January to test out my fitness in (hopefully) good weather and then the A1A half.
  • TEST out some new routines for the new year. Love the idea of a test run.
  • ENJOY moving into my new planners 🙂
  • REST. I have no call this month, and Josh is off the next two weekends — that will be so nice. Soccer will be on hiatus starting December 15th until January. I am not running high mileage. I feel like this is such a natural chance to rest. Even with the above celebrations. We all need it.

With all of that in mind I think it’s time for another round of time tracking. I find this practice really useful once a season. I’m not sure I successfully followed through in the fall but I feel ready to give my time use some extra attention for the next week or so.

Magical Realism

I read this over the weekend. Turns out if you are going to procrastinate getting to your book club pick, this was a good choice.

I am actually not entirely sure how I feel about this book, but I am glad to have read it and am VERY interested to discuss at book club! Magical realism aside, I really loved the author’s writing style so I will be looking forward to reading whatever she releases next.

(To me, this reminded me of Kevin Wilson’s Nothing to See Here – where a totally unfeasible version of reality is nonchalantly presented as plot device. I am not sure I love this. Yet I enjoyed both books!?)

Headspace . . .

Speaking of habits I am going to attempt 10 minutes of headspace before my afternoon patients start coming in. We will see if this turns into a head-on-desk mini-nap which is honestly okay too.


  • Reply Tamara December 5, 2023 at 5:11 am

    I loved Nothing to see Here! I’ll have to check out this one.

    • Reply Sarah Hart-Unger December 6, 2023 at 1:22 pm

      I didn’t see them compared elsewhere but to me that was the closest in style!!

  • Reply Coree December 6, 2023 at 4:21 am

    I’m not a massive fan of magical realism but Shark Heart seems like a fun read!

    Resisting the urge to buy a planner since I end up in Notion anyways, despite my best intentions. I think with lots of complex writing projects, the Notion project DB just makes more sense for my work. Although I always print out my weekly to do list because highlighting something is more satisfying than ticking a box.

    I feel like my year ends when the plane lifts off to take us to my parents, so I’ve got 2 weeks, eeks… but we arrive home the afternoon of the 31st, which feels quite nice. Start the new year at home, with a few days off before we go back to work (the 4th, my in-laws are coming to cover the 4th/5th before T goes back to school on the 8th).

    I’ve got a long list of things to do over the next 14 days but some fun things mixed in – a Christmas trip to the theatre (Snow Queen) with a friend and her kids, a cinnamon bun party, an exhibition while I’m in London for work with my best friend. So I’ll arrive at my parents exhausted, but that’s fine, they’re amazing at taking care of everything/letting us get some extra sleep.

    • Reply Sarah Hart-Unger December 6, 2023 at 1:21 pm

      I’m always interested in digital hybrid combos, such as you printing your Notion! Love that we can combine the digital and the analog in ways that truly work for each of us.

  • Reply Megan Atkinson December 6, 2023 at 5:19 am

    I enjoy listening to all your planner talk. It makes me feel like it’s ok to switch planners and not feel stuck using one I don’t love. One of these days I’ll have to try the Hobonichi, as you speak so highly of them. I would love to be entered into your planner giveaway!

  • Reply Corey December 6, 2023 at 4:20 pm

    Yes! I read Shark Heart and kept wondering why I was so nonchalantly accepting of the plot line! Such a mind twist. My new favorite small talk is to ask people which animal they’d choose

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