At the beginning of April, I blogged about 3 goals I had for the month. Turns out, the universe had it planned that these three goals were going to be important for May as well, so I held back on my recap until now.
1. Be more organised for work.
This one turned out to be very important, because lately I've been struggling a lot at work (I didn't have the upper hand on my depression and anxiety that I thought I had). I implemented several things over the weeks. Firstly, reorganizing my desk and getting rid of all the clutter. Next, I streamlined my notebooks and notepads and post-its into one big book, so when I want to find my notes on something, I can. I also did a reorganising of my files on my computer (who else has complete chaos ruling in their "My Documents" folder?). Finally, I started using Evernote more consistently, which helps especially when I want to access my information from my laptop on my smartphone or tablet.
2. Journal more regularly.
I love writing, and I find journalling very therapeutic, even if it's just recording a train-of-consciousness. Yet somehow in the haze of things, I stopped doing the thing I love. A few months ago, my therapist suggested I started journalling again, and it took me a while to get back into the habit but I'm so glad I did! My absolute favourite journals are the A5 Buffalo Journals from Typo, and I always use fine-point Pilot BP-S pens. (Who else has an absolute favourite type of pen?) Since starting journalling daily at the beginning of April, I've already filled the half-written journal I was using and started on a new one. If you also suck at communicating your emotions (and, like me, tend to keep things to yourself until you're a meltdown waiting to happen), I highly recommend writing in a journal!
3. Make my bedroom a sanctuary.
I mentioned in my previous post that I'd gotten into the bad habit of coming home from work, heading straight for my room, leaving a trail of clothes across the floor and just collapsing into bed with my laptop. Obviously, this does not make for a happy lifestyle or a good night's sleep.
First things first, new sheets and pillowcases! The problem with white linens is that they tend to show wear-and-tear more easily (especially if you're spending a lot of your time in bed) (get your minds out of the gutter, people!), so replacing them with better quality linens was definitely in order. I was also fed up of my ceiling light - the silly energy saving bulbs take forever to warm up, and then when they do, they have quite a harsh quality. I now barely switch it on, instead relying on a lamp (with a soft, warm bulb) and several strands of fairy lights (around my headboard, my curtain rail and my full-length mirror). Changing the lighting has had a huge impact in the way I feel when in my bedroom.
I had also gotten a bit bored with my room, so one evening I decided to move all the furniture around! Having my bed on an opposite wall, and now having a dedicated nook to do my makeup, has been a pleasant change.
Most importantly, I try not to just collapse onto my bed first-thing (because then my evening is basically over). If I need to work, I take my laptop to the living room and get things done there. From now on, I'm going to try maintain a separation - bedroom is for relaxing only! It's probably not going to be perfect, and there will be bad days, but it's a start!