My new "Month to Month Plan", why didn't I think of this sooner!

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I have this new thing in 2014 where I’m devoting a month at a time to different activities.  I call it my “Month to Month Plan”.   January was devoted to getting my blog up and running and working on some artwork.  February was all about my cake for the Great Cake Bake.  In March I am going to focus on getting started on renovating our old house in Maryville and studying for my LEED exam.  This doesn’t mean that I don’t do anything else in those months, only that the major focus is on one or two things.  I do plan to continue writing my blog posts every week.  That will be one constant throughout the entire year.  I am happy with this system so far.  It allows me to focus all of my attention in a certain area and not worry that everything else will fall off my radar, because I have the other stuff scheduled for another month.  It is great and has relieved a lot of stress for me, and guilt that I’m abandoning some of my passions.  This is helping me to squeeze in a little of everything in an organized way, and in a large enough time frame that I am actually accomplishing something before moving on to the next thing.  You can really get a lot done in a month when you’re only doing one or two things (and all of this is done in my spare time of course, I’m leaving out my day job and exercise and other constant stuff).  I actually wish that I had thought of this years ago.  I have always struggled with trying to find the time to do all of the different hobbies and things that I want to do.  And one month is the perfect amount of time for me to devote to a hobby before I start getting bored or burned out and ready to move on to the next thing .

            I’m interested in learning how other people  juggle a variety of different interests.  If you have a great method for balancing different areas of your life, please leave a comment below, I’d love to hear from you!