It’s hard to believe that six months of my mat leave is already over. Well technically I’m already halfway trhrough the seventh month which leaves me with five-ish months left of maternity leave. This blog post is just some free writing because I have a ton of thoughts and I need to get them out. I don’t want to over edit this post because then I’ll probably won’t hit publish.
When I first started my leave, I set a lot of goals for myself during this time. One of the biggest priorities I had established for myself was to stay motivated and productive. With setting that goal I managed to get a lot accomplished sooner than later during my leave. Setting such a big goal (essentially dreaming big) also help me learn about myself.
I’ve learned that I’m a creative. I need to do something creative everyday to feel fulfilled.
Being fit and working out is important to me. I feel good when I make getting a workout in a priority.
I’ve learned that writing publicly makes me more intentional but also highlights / serves as a reminder of my failures (which obviously doesn’t bother me very much as you can go through my weekly goals and notice many of the tasks repeated week after week because they never got done).
I’ve learned some really cool productivity hacks such as using the microphone on my iPhone to write blog posts and lists, the effects of bullet journaling on my everyday life. And that #DocumentYourDays is important as reflecting back helps you correct as you move forward.
I’m inspired by motivational quotes, journaling, inspirational people on social media. (I already knew these things but it’s a good reminder to myself).
Matt leave it’s both invigorating and isolating (more on this in a future post).
I’ve also learned that being self-motivated within an unstructured day takes a lot of work and effort.
Self care is really important.
Creating more than I consume prevents burn out (and overall anxiety).
I am not perfect and and I shouldn’t get let myself get down and out if I can’t do everything right from the get go. I’ve learned that its more about doing something a little bit better a little bit every day.