As I mentioned earlier this year, I’m writing monthly to-do lists to help me keep track of what’s on my plate. I thought it might be interesting to share these lists here, and to report back each month on what I was able to accomplish.
My April list focused on mostly fun and relaxing activities. I felt like I needed to take the pressure off as much as possible and that worked pretty well for me. The month really flew by, but I was able to do the following:
- Go to bed early every night, sleep in a little later in the mornings, and take naps on the weekend. Weekend naps have been especially prevalent over the past month and they have felt great!
- Watch all available Star Wars movies with my partner. We did it! This was such a fun project for the month and I enjoyed all of his extra commentary to the extreme.
- Finish the 1,000+ page mystery novel I’ve been working on reading for the last several weeks. Done! This was a fun one to dive back into after a couple weeks away. (It was Elizabeth George’s A Traitor to Memoryin case you need a good read.)
- Continue to have Friday date nights with my partner. Yep! Admittedly, some of these date nights included grocery pick-ups, but we continue to set aside this dedicated time each week.
- Draft five newsletter/blog posts & record and prep five podcast episodes. I kept up with this routine and it was a great way for me to think about what I wanted to reflect and share out each week with a larger audience.
- Edit and prepare season 3 of the Coach to Coach podcast for release in May. I made a little progress on this one. The first couple episodes are edited and ready for release in May (starting today!) and I can’t wait to hear what you think of the new season.
- Launch my coach training 201 course. Done! It’s going great so far and I’m starting to enroll for the new June coach training cohort (you can learn more and sign up for a Q&A session with me here)!
- Wrap up meetings for the spring 7 Weeks to Radical Self-Trust group coaching program. This went so fast and was such a wonderful way for me to end each Sunday for the past couple of months. I’m so thankful for this round’s participants.
- Email my coaching clients that have remaining sessions to remind them to sign up whenever they are ready. Done! Lots of great catch-up sessions with clients happened in April as folks are trying to process their new schedules, work environments, and shifting priorities.
Also, instead of my run/walk plan and strength training plan, I ended up transitioning to a daily yoga practice that’s been going great so far.
And now it’s time to plan for a new month of to-do items! Since things continue to be pretty uncertain, my list for this month will remain focused on activities meant to prioritize my mental, physical, and emotional health.
Here’s my May list:
- Complete the 30-day “Home” yoga series from Yoga with Adriene.
I spent April engaging in a daily practice of learning foundational yoga poses and now I’m ready to layer in daily sequences into my morning routine. This series focused on “Home” seemed like the perfect fit.
- Read a book on yoga. I celebrated one month of daily yoga practice by purchasing a book on yoga called Yoga Mind, Body & Spirit: A Return to Wholeness by Donna Farhi. I’m hoping to start and finish reading it in May.
- Continue to have Friday date nights with my partner. We’ve been getting back into movie watching on Friday nights, which has been a fun distraction.
- Draft four newsletter/blog posts & record and prep four podcast episodes. Keeping up with this routine will allow me to continue to reflect and share what might be helpful tips and strategies for others, so I’ll still be prioritizing content creation.
- Edit remaining episodes of season 3 of the Coach to Coach podcast. I’m running up again my release deadlines, so this will definitely be happening this month!
- Launch enrollment for the June coach training cohort. It’s amazing to me that it’s almost halfway through the year, but that means it’s time for me to open up coach training again for the next cohort. I’ll be reaching to folks on my waiting list to see who wants to enroll and getting all the onboarding materials prepped for the new group.
- Launch enrollment for my summer writing group program. Now that we’re in May, it means that summer is right around the corner. I know it’s been a weird season for focusing on writing, so I’m looking forward to supporting folks who are ready to get back into regular writing habits this summer. (Interested? You can learn more about the virtual writing groups program here.)
- Email my coaching clients that have remaining sessions to remind them to sign up whenever they are ready. I’m continuing to show up as a supportive thinking partner for whatever my clients might need during this season.
It looks like I’ve got a full list of fun things planned for this month! What are you looking forward to in the month of May?