Similar, Very Similar, Only available in XS but on sale) | Tee: Express (White currently out of stock, Similar that I also own and recommend) | Jeans: Express | Locket: Pictures on Gold (Gift) | Boots: Target (Similar) | Ring: c/o Megan Auman | Bag: Amazon | Nails: OPI "Let's Be Friends"
When it rains, I reach for my crossbody bags more often than not because I need a dedicated hand for my umbrella. This black crossbody is just the right size to hold my essentials and only $30. I like it so much I ordered the burgundy as well! To see what I carry in my everyday handbag and my strategies for quickly switching my belongings between bags, see this post.
This locket was a gift from my family and I uglied cried when I opened it because it has my favorite picture of my dad with my favorite quote of his. (More on that here.) It's the perfect size and the perfect meaningful gift. Not only am I grateful for such a thoughtful gift, but I'm also happy to be introduced to this brand because now I have some new ideas for special gifts to give people!
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This year, I'm doing my best to stay on track with my New Year Goals and any other goals I make throughout the year by checking in here on Mondays and sharing my motivational ups and downs. One of the specific things I want to improve this year is my punctuality and time management. Over the last three weeks, I've tried to observe myself objectively and analyze why I run late for some appointments or why certain projects or tasks take me longer than they really should. It's been an eye opening effort and frankly, I'm a little disappointed with myself and my results. There's one main interruption in my life that slows me down (because I let it) so much more than it should throughout the day and takes up more of my time than I really think it does, and that's my iPhone. Having constant, convenient Internet access via my always-within-reach iPhone has so many advantages, but it's my Achilles heel when it comes to time management. For example, if I'm doing my morning workout and resting between sets with weights, I might think I have time to scroll through Instagram a bit and reply to a photo or comment (so hey! I'm really saving time by doing this now instead of just sitting here)...but then I end up pausing the DVD player because it took me longer than I thought to type the reply or I wanted to check what size I'm wearing in a certain piece of clothing because I had a question about it. And that's just one example of a dozen instances I've noticed throughout the day where, "I'll just do this one thing on my phone" ends up taking 3-5 minutes instead of the 30 seconds I think it will take.
And it's not just the Internet and Social Media. It's texting, too. I'd much rather text than talk on the phone 99% of the time, but even when I'm pressed for time I find it so hard to ignore text message alerts. I think to myself, "I'll just quickly see who it is and what they said." Which leads to, "It will only take me 10 seconds to reply so I'll just do that right now before I forget." Wrong...it always takes me longer than I think to write a message because auto-correct or voice-to-text don't get what I want to say and I have to fix it, or I need to add just the right emoji to convey my true sentiments and I have to hunt for the Unicorn emoji for a full minute before I find it because it's not in my most-used section.
So all that is to say that I'm very motivated to change some of my bad habits. I'm becoming one of "those people" who are always on their phone and I don't like it. At this point I'm still not 100% sure exactly how I'm going to address the problem. I've been thinking about how I help my kids manage their time by requiring them to be off their tech devices at a certain time in the morning to focus on getting ready, and I think I need to do that myself. And during the day when I'm working on a blog post or some other task, I need to not allow myself to take a break/go off task until I've worked a certain amount of time or completed a certain amount of work.
Just being aware of my bad habits has helped me improve a bit, but I have a ways to go. I just finished my second audio book (also discussed in my New Year post) and am ready to start my third, so I decided to pick one that can hopefully help me with this. I just started listening to The Power of Habit (it has a 4.5 star rating with almost 4,000 reviews) with fingers crossed that it gives me the motivation I need to make some positive changes!