Foreword: As my lovely friend Steph over at Chaotic Kitchenette recently reminded me, "We have to work on your blog... I like reading it, you just have to actually blog, duh." I left out all of her wise brainstorming so that I don't spoil the surprise! Without further ado... For the first time in 2016, I have two full weeks (!) at home without a single day of travel. I'm sure by the end of it, I'll be antsy. But right now as I'm just over halfway through it, I'm ecstatic. Also a little bit hungover / exhausted from an awesome weekend, but that is neither here nor there.
That said, it's always a struggle for me to balance doing all of the ~adult~ things I need to get done (laundry, groceries, cleaning, blah blah blah) with all the fun things I'd prefer to do (cocktails with friends, cooking elaborate dinners, finding new gyms on ClassPass to try out). Something that I've recently found helpful is making a list of #goals - I know, it's obvious - of things I both want and need to get done while I'm home. Inevitably, some procrastination tasks sneak their way in there... I deep-cleaned my stovetop instead of revamping my client's processes last Thursday, for example... but it does help make sure I stay on track. I somehow always seem to find a way to take care of things that didn't actually make it onto the list for whatever reason. And I don't know about you, but I'll be damned if I can't cross off a chore! So I always always write it on the list, just to mark it as complete immediately thereafter. But I digress.
I'll spare you the lists themselves and leave you instead with a little gem of a Chrome add-on that my sister turned me on to. It's called Momentum and it gives you a great little workspace every time you open a new tab. The picture refreshes each day, it includes the weather, your favorite links, and my personal favorite (you guessed it) the To-Do list in the bottom right corner. You can drag and drop the items to arrange them by priority, which, when I'm really desperate, helps me focus. I'll pick one easy thing to gain momentum (hey! I get it!) and then the next thing doesn't seem quite as terrible. And if you hate To-do lists, just download the plug-in anyway. It gives you pretty pictures every day.
To-dos aside, I definitely loved being able to take this weekend to really unplug without knowing I have to be up for an early Monday flight! I loved taking it easy on Friday night, but then split festival time between Windy City Smokeout on Saturday and Pitchfork on Sunday with great groups of friends.
On that note, it's off to do some more procrastinating goal accomplishing!