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How is it already May 21st? I’ve been blogging for two months now on Totally Booked and I can’t believe how quickly time is going. They say time flies when you are having fun! They also say that time goes faster as you get older, and I most definitely agree with that too! Now that the Ontario government has announced that we are starting Phase 1 of re-opening the economy during the pandemic, my focus has turned to how will I plan my time as I transition back to work. My public library will be re-opening soon and I am not sure how much longer I will be working from home. I want to make sure that I can still do my blog work and complete the online courses that I have started in the last few months. So this month, Katie Currently is planning, most definitely. Which works out well, because planning is actually one of my favourite things to do!
In case you are a new reader here, Currently, Katie Is is a series on my blog where around the middle to end of the month I share an update on my life and various aspects of it. I enjoy this as a way for me to get a bit more personal with you, my readers. My hope is that you’ll reach out and share what you are currently up to with me. So here we go!
Currently I Am Reading:
Three different books. As part of my daily plan, I have added reading to my morning routine. Each morning I read at least fifteen minutes of a personal/professional development book. Right now I am reading Get Your Shit Together: How to Stop Worrying About What You Should Do So You Can Finish What You Need to Do and Start Doing What You Want to Do by Sarah Knight. It’s the book club pick for the Thrive Blogger book club that I am in. (Side note, if you are a fellow blogger, Thrive Blogger is a great resource filled with blogging tips, a helpful blogging community, a book club and more! So check it out if that interests you.) In short Sarah Knight’s books is about time management, goal setting, and life planning.
As an audiobook I am reading Girl Logic: The Genius and The Absurdity by Iliza Shlesinger. She is one of my favourite female comedians. Her book is a collection of essays and humorous stories about the way women think. Our girl logic, as complicated as it may be for others to understand, is actually one of our strongest weapons. I am loving it so far, and it’s read by Iliza herself so it’s almost like listening to her stand-up!
Lastly, I’m reading If You Must Know by Jamie Beck. This is the first book in the Potomac Point Series, and it’s the first book of Jamie Beck’s that I have read. I’m also enjoying it so far. It’s about two sisters Amanda and Erin who have a complicated past and couldn’t be more opposite. It takes place in a small, coastal town and it’s just a great summer read so far. It is one of my most anticipated summer reads as well! Shout out to Netgalley and Amazon Publishing for providing me with a digital advanced readers copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. It publishes on June 1st, 2020.
You can watch for more detailed reviews of these books in my May Monthly Wrap Up post in a few weeks.
Currently I Am Watching:
Last Man Standing. I am catching up on episodes from Season 7 and Season 8. I love the humour of this show and I have always been a Tim Allen fan. Home Improvement was one of my favourite 90’s shows and I binged watched the series in university. Even though Last Man Standing has undergone a few cast changes and a network change, I still really enjoy it. It’s a great family comedy.
As I get busier and busier, I do find I am watching less television and movies. I’m preferring to spend my time reading or working on a project. But when I do need to relax, watching something is a great way for me to do so.
Currently I am Listening To:
The acoustic singles that were released this week from Taylor Swift’s City of Lover concert. A concert video was released on Disney Plus this week of Taylor’s September performance in Paris to release her album Lover. My favourite acoustic performances were Death by A Thousand Cuts and Lover.
I love Taylor Swift. Always have, and always will. Although as a thirty-one-year-old, I tend to keep my inner fangirl more in check then I did ten years ago.
Currently I Am Working On:
SEO (aka Search Engine Optimization) for Totally Booked. One of my goals as a newer blogger is to increase my blog traffic. I want to grow my reader community. I also want my posts to show up in Google search engine searches. I’m reading up on how SEO works and what strategies to implement when writing my blog posts and on my site. I am hopeful that implementing strategies sooner rather than later will be beneficial to the growth of my site.
I am also planning on creating a Blog Newsletter and allowing my readers to subscribe for updates and other news. That is one of my May blog goals so look for that coming soon!
Currently I Am Enjoying:
The start of warmer temperatures and sunny days! Finally, our temperatures are rising here in London, Ontario. We are consistently seeing 21 degrees Celsius (70 degrees Fahrenheit for my American readers) days with sunshine, and that temperature is rising.
I love warm weather. If I could live somewhere that was warm all year round, I definitely would. This weather means I can read outside on the back deck in my lounge chair, enjoy long walks in the neighbourhood, go for drives with my windows open, and so much more! I am generally happier in the summer because of the weather. Summers go fast so I hope to soak up and enjoy every minute of it. Even though I know this summer will be unlike any other with social distancing measures in place. Many traditional summer events and activities are cancelled. Fortunately, we didn’t have any major travel plans lined up so we aren’t missing out in that way. But maybe a backyard bbq with family and friends, or drinks at a local pub’s patio can happen in the near future!
Currently I Am Practicing:
Batching tasks and setting priorities. As I mentioned, I’m starting to figure out how I am going to plan my time when I return to work. I want to keep up with weekly blog posts, creating Instagram content, and also my own personal development and learning. Not to mention, I also have to stay on top of my reading so that I have books to blog about!
So I’ve been thinking about how I can batch tasks. What tasks do I complete in a week that are similar that I could schedule to do in one chunk of time? For example, I can plan out my Instagram posts for the week on a Sunday. That involves taking photos and writing captions. Then deciding which day I post which photo.
Writing a blog post each week is also a priority. I typically need 3-5 hours at least to write and edit a post, then add links and create marketing images. Sometimes more or less depending on the post. So I have to decide if I am going to always write on the weekend or break that up into chunks before and after work.
Reading is a priority, so I am learning to plan out my reading based on the average number of pages I read in a day. This way I will stay on top of the Advanced Readers Copies from publishers that I am reading. Plus manage my book club picks and books that I am reading for various lists and blog content. And also just for personal enjoyment.
Last but not least, of course, is making sure I prioritize time with friends and family, and Aric. Those relationships are very important to me. I want to make sure I’m not too caught up in my own goals to spend time with those that matter most.
How has your month been going? What are you currently up to? Reach out and let me know!