Did I just blink and March was gone? Or does every month pass quicker and quicker?
So… March! Even though I just said that it passed in a blink of an eye, I (somehow) managed to get a lot of things done.
If I were to pick the word of the month, it would be Productivity. Because for the first 3 weeks of March I was running errands like crazy. Ticking things off my To-Do list along the way. Until I got ill…
That was the first time (the trend of 2019’s firsts continues) in my life that I felt that spike of energy level. It just dropped from 100 to 10 in one night. And the last week has been a struggle to even get up in the mornings.
I consider myself a morning person. When I was in school and Uni, I would never stay late studying. My strategy was to go to bed earlier, so I could wake up at 5 a.m. and revise before the test. The time until around 1 p.m. is when I’m the most productive. So waking up tired was a very nasty experience. Gladly, I’m slowly getting over the cold, pushing through as usual!
1. We went to Arrifana, Portugal for a day out!
It’s a beautiful place! The weather was cooperating (except the wind). The views were stunning. We managed to get a few nice photographs and had lunch in the restaurant on the top of the hill.
It’s one of the most popular surfing places in Portugal. But we went there for the view, sunny weather and tasty meal!
After sitting in the Office and classes, in front of computer screen 24/7, these little getaways are a must! We went during the first weekend of March and weren’t able to schedule any other getaways since. But it will be one of the first things I’ll try to do next weekend! I might even take some books with me for an impromptu photo shoot. 😉
Look at me stalking the seagull and eating all the olives! I even managed to snap a shot of the seagull flying off. Very proud of myself *pat on the back*.
2. I achieved 6 out of 7 goals!
If you remember, last month, I set up a few Reading and Blogging goals for March. Nothing too serious, no specific TBR either. Just a few guides and rules to accomplish more things. I didn’t really go back to check on them, until this morning when I started writing this post. And, to my surprise, I actually stuck with most of them!
✅ WRITE MORE OFTEN
✅ DEDICATE TIME TO EDITING & PUTTING TOGETHER BLOG POSTS
✅ BRAINSTORMING IDEAS REQUIRES TIME
❌get caught up on reviews
After pitiful 2 posts in February, I picked up my game in March, with a total of 12 posts! I also was very good at:
- writing and preparing all posts during the weekend;
- scheduling three weekly posts
- even joining in on TTT (Top Ten Tuesday) meme!
For purposes of brainstorming ideas, I acquired a notebook that is no always with me, to take notes of all random thought that pop up in my head during the day. It’s been surprisingly handy. I also started to use my Google Calendar more, color-coding my blog posts and adding reviews / book releases to stay on top of them as much as possible.
The only goals I failed to complete is to write all pending reviews. My goal was to finish March without any reviews to write. But it’s just not possible. As I keep reading more and more books, it’s going to be more difficult to catch up.
✅ NO TBR LIST
✅ LISTEN TO AT LEAST 1 AUDIO BOOK
✅ READ 10 BOOKS
The only book I absolutely had to read in March was «A Time of Blood» by John Gwynne. It comes out on April 18th and I needed to have that time to prepare my post (I’m very excited about it! Can’t wait for you all to see!).
Also, it was very liberating to just pick books according to what I felt like at a given moment, without following any lists, listening to 2 audio books and reading a total of 10 books along the way!
According to GoodReads I’m 9 books ahead of schedule and very happy about it!
March was a very good reading month. I loved most of the books, with my favorite one being «To Best The Boys» by Mary Weber! Finished it during one Sunday afternoon. I was supposed to just start reading it, as I picked it up as “Herbology” book for my OWLs Read-a-Thon, but once I started reading, I couldn’t put it down. Now I need to find another book with a plant on the cover… ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
My least favorite, unfortunately, was «Nine Perfect Strangers» by Liane Moriarty. Arrgh… I felt like strangling all of the characters. The ONLY reason I finished the book, was because I listened to it during my weekly commutes.
There were so many amazing posts from all of you. I picked a few that really sparked my interest:
- Lashaan from Bookidote wondered What do we comment on Book Reviews.
- Lottie shared her Guilt Free DNF Philosophy with a few reasons why she sometimes DNFs books!
- I absolutely loved Meghan’s movie review of «The Girl on the Train», it took me back to when I was reading the book (incredible experience!)
- And also Beth’s detailed and very convincing review of «King of Scars».
- Marta’s fun post about the Stages of Accepting a Book made me giggle and nod ferociously acknowledging my behavior in a few of the stages.
- I also loved Julianna’s post about Things Book Bloggers shouldn’t feel bad for! I could definitely relate to some (all) of them.