Thursday, March 3, 2016

Creating a Plan for the month of March

I am still in a bit of denial that it is March already.  It seems like we just turned the calendar to the New Year.  I have been chasing time lately, and it isn’t a good thing.  To help me get on track with my yearly goals, I have decided to make some March goals.


Typically March is a long month in Maine, but it looks like Punxsutawney Phil got it right this year, that it will indeed be an early spring.  And with an early spring, I immediately think about all the spring tasks that we have to complete every year.

On the top of the list is garden planning.  I talked a bit about my big garden plan for the year – but I have yet to order seeds, and that really needs to be at the top of my list.  I do not start everything I grow from seed, but, I do want to get to that point eventually.  I like to order seeds, and I also like to go to our local green house to buy seeds.  It is something I involve the kids with, when they help pick out the seeds and grow the vegetables, they are more likely to eat the vegetables.

Once the seed order is placed, and once the ground is workable, I need to start my garden cleanup.  I’m not sure if I will be able to do this in March or not, it will depend on the weather, and how much rain we have.  Some years I have been able to rake out the gardens in the middle of March, and others it has been buried in snow until the end of April, so while this is a goal of mine for March, it may not end up happening until April.


With my thoughts already moving to the outside cleanup, I know that I need to really tackle the inside.  Once spring is here in full force, taking the time for “spring cleaning” is very low on my priority list.  It is replaced by the need to be outside in the fresh air and sun, which is only normal after spending the winter inside.  I need to concentrate on finishing up our big house purge.  I have been pretty diligent about getting rid of things, but there is still more that needs to be sorted and put away.

I pulled out all of our memory boxes yesterday, and trying to go through that stuff is incredibly difficult, which is one of the reasons that I always end up leaving it until a later date.  Last year I went through most of my old pictures, getting rid of what didn’t mean anything to me, but these boxes are things that I think I want to keep, but really have no space for.  I may just stick them in our attic and deal with it at another point in time. 

Going through the kids clothes this month is important.  Jack has some clothes that no longer fit him, but I haven’t weeded them out to pass on to his cousins yet, and I know that I need to sort through Lucy’s clothes as well.  This is my least favorite thing to do, but if I can get it all done this month, then I won’t have to think about it when the sun is shining and we all want to be outdoors.


March is also the start of homeschool planning for me.  This is the first year that I am reporting to the state for homeschooling, so not only am I thinking about next year, but I also need to think about putting together Emma’s portfolio for this year.  We are close to our total days requirement, and we are finishing up all of the workbooks that she has.  In fact, I think I may have miscalculated how much time to spend on things.  She has about 10 lessons of math left, and 2 pages of her handwriting.  We finished all of her required readers before Christmas, so I have been supplementing with anything I can find.  Jack finished his math books for the year and his handwriting book as well, so all of that stuff needs to be replaced.  When I planned this year, I thought that things would take us a bit longer than they did.  Not a bad thing, just a “wow, I need to order new books now” thing.

I feel like I am constantly planning homeschool related things, which is probably OK, but I need to flesh out what we plan to do for the rest of the year.

With all of the planning that I do need to do, I would like to take a “planning retreat” this month.  Don’t think of this as anything fancy.  I still nurse my baby, so I can’t be gone for too long.  Eventually, when the kids are older, I would love to do a weekend retreat at a nice bed and breakfast where I can think about all the ideas I have and work on self-care.  But, for now, I plan to send Matt and the kids to the library and work at home, where I have access to all of my books and supplies.  If I can get 4 hours of uninterrupted time (honestly if I could get 1 hour of uninterrupted time), I should be able to get a lot accomplished.  However, being a mom who is with her children pretty much all day every day, I may have to ease myself into a planning retreat.  Typically, when I do get a few moments of time without interruption, I spend that time waiting for the interruption and in turn get nothing accomplished – mom life and all.  But, if I can put together a plan before I have the time, then I will be able to get everything done that I need to.  It seems so simple – put a plan in place – but it took me quite a while to figure that out!

Books – I have read 15 books out of 100 for the year, which puts me 1 book behind schedule right now.  That isn’t too bad.  I would like to catch up and stay on track for the rest of this month.  With homeschool planning comes a lot of reading, but it isn’t adult reading of course, it is pre-reading books for the kids, making sure I have the right history books, the right readers for Emma (challenging enough to read without inappropriate content), and homeschool books in general (Playful Learning, Thomas Jefferson Education, Charlotte Mason Companion).  I hope that I can finish some books for me, but am not worried if that doesn’t happen.

Overall, it looks like it will be a busy month, like every month seems to be lately.  If I do get all of these goals completed, I will feel really good going into April.


What are your plans for March?  Do you set up monthly goals as well as yearly goals?

24 comments:

  1. Holy moly, I can't believe you have already read 15 books this year. That is amazing.

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    1. My thoughts exactly. 15 books. That is like my goal for the year! Though I am just getting myself into reading. I didn't think I would like reading from a kindle, but my hubby bought me one when I become ill five years ago and I have read much more than I ever thought I could!

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  2. I am so impressed by your reading! I thought I was doing well with 5, LOL!! I love being organized and always feel like I get so much more accomplished. My parents order from that seed company and love it!

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  3. I love planning and I'm amazed at how much you've got going on and still managed to read 15 books. I am a planner addict too, had an EC last year and doing a Plum Paper this year with a blog planning addon. I planted our seeds this week. I'm sooo ready for spring! Best of luck with your March goals, I was working on mine earlier too.

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  4. Sounds like some great goals. I've been meaning to sit down and write mine out and since my baby girl is due in May I really have a lot to get done!

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  5. 15 books and only one book behind schedule is pretty amazing well done hun you are doing a great job. Good luck with putting Emma's portfolio together.

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  6. I am getting my closets cleaned out and making donations to the VA. Im behind on my training for a spartan race..... but maybe I'll catch up this month!

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  7. You're all set for the entire month?! That's awesome! I've been looking to do this with my blog and dinners. Do you have my tips for creating a monthly calendar?

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  8. I haven't even read one book yet. That is pretty impressive!

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  9. I love doing a little mini retreat to plan everything out and get some work done. It is amazing what a day can do for your pysche.

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  10. It's nice to plan out your whole month ahead of time! Def keeps you accountable ! Good luck with your list.

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  11. You're doing such an awesome job with your goals. Love how you break them down monthly.

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  12. Can you believe March is here already!!?? Great job on your goals. I have planner and I have to write down all my events I'm invited too and my kids school functions.

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  13. Sounds like a lot of planning, but hard work always pays off! Good luck :)

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  14. I find monthly goals are more manageable than yearly goals. Sometimes I adjust my goals each week. I'm not sure what I have planned for March beyond job hunting. Must plan some fun in there too.

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  15. It does look like it is going to be a really busy month for you guys. It's amazing how quickly your schedule fills up when you are a parent.

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  16. Sounds like you have a lot of planning to do! Impressed that you know what you need to get done.

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  17. Planning is so important to get things done! At least for me. I find myself much more productive if I plan my day/week/month and year. I love your notebook, it is so cute!

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  18. Wow! That is so impressive that you're on track to get that done. I know it's going to take some work, but it will be worth it!

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  19. I'm looking forward to working on my fruits and vegetables garden this spring. That's one of my main goals for the latter part of March!

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  20. These are awesome goals and I love how posting here helps keep you accountable! I'll have to try this!

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  21. My goals this month are mostly biz related - to finish and send out my podcast sponsorship kits, to get 2 more clients (actually 1, I booked 1 last week), and to keep plugging away on my site. Personally, I need to get the house decluttered a bit more. :)

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  22. Love your planner! Yes I do both, yearly and monthly goals!

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  23. I would LOVE a planning retreat! That sounds like a lot of fun. Thanks for linking up with #BloggersGetSocial at the Get It Together link up! <3

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