I would have been posting earlier today, but my laptop needed updating and it took waaaay longer than I expected!
So the past two days I’ve been a bit lazy and ill, BUT the week before that I managed to get myself on a not-nocturnal schedule and was being super productive!
I wanted to share the things I started doing in those days to boost my productivity and keep myself feeling proud and motivated to keep going, instead of curling up in front of Smallville (because I finished Gotham Monday, haha) all day and night.
1. All the advice you’ve ever heard before.
I know, I know, I’m a revolutionary full of new ideas.
Seriously though, most of what I’ve done the past few days are implementations of things everyone tells you will change your life for the better like eating three meals a day, drinking lots of water, sleeping 7 to 8 hours a night, not sitting for extended periods of time. And those are four of the things I’ve started doing that have made me feel a hell of a lot better.
I was in the worst habit of eating one meal a day and snacking on popcorn or sweets when I was hungry the rest of the day. It was shitty, I’d have sugar crashes and always felt hungry, so I started forcing myself to eat three meals a day. A huge breakfast, a moderate lunch, and whatever my parents were having for dinner.
I also started drinking a bottle of water (from a reusable bottle, of course) with every meal and trying to do the same between every meal as well. This kept me needing to pee every hour or so which made it hard to nap, meaning I was ready for bed at like 8 PM. Lol.
As for staying active, since I was waking up early I started walking my dog first thing in the morning and again about an hour before bed. Now she’s gotten used to it and has basically become my alarm clock! I also started playing music almost constantly, in the shower, while I cook, and clean. I put on music I know I’ll dance to, it gets my heart rate up and helps me get my steps in during the day. It also prevents me from turning on the TV for background noise, slowly getting sucked in, and accidentally watching two hours of cartoons.
2. Making my bed.
My mother would be so proud I’m recommending making your bed every day as something to help you stay motivated. It helps me in two ways: prevents procrastination/ naps, and creates a space ready for work. Surely, I’m not the only person that procrastinates with cleaning? I used to do it a lot in college, a few days before a big test or project due date is the time our apartment would be deep cleaned and I’d do all my laundry. I’m still doing the same shit in grad school, except the house is bigger. Making my bed every morning makes my room look cleaner and makes me feel like I can sit at my desk to work without being tempted to nap or randomly stripping the bed to wash my sheets.
3. Keeping a schedule/ a to do list
Like my first blog post, I’ve been making a to-do list everyday and doing my best to accomplish all the tasks. However, my first priority last week was to get on a better sleeping and eating schedule so I could be productive during the daylight hours instead of knocking out my to-do list between midnight and sunrise. To keep myself from remaining nocturnal I created a schedule with all the things I wanted to do in a day. I knew I wanted to walk Sadie twice a day and eat three square meals, I knew I needed lots of internet time for school work, job searches, and side hustles, and I knew that, since I’m still the unemployed one, I’m in charge of the majority of the housework. I scheduled my mornings and evenings accordingly: wake up, walk Sadie, shower, eat, chores, work, eat, work, chores, chill, eat, walk Sadie, shower, and bed. Most of my day is free to do whatever, but my goals for food and exercise are easily reached when sticking to that schedule.
4. Not beating myself up.
It’s such a privilege to be in a situation where finding a job is not life or death and to only have my education to really worry about during the day. Regardless, I sometimes feel overwhelmed by the pressure around me to be doing well in school and looking for/ finding work. A lot of the pressure is from my parents, I know they mean well- they’re worried about money for me and for themselves. Most of the pressure is from myself though. I want to be excelling as a student, especially after the stumble I had this past summer. I want to be a professional, but I want to find a job that feeds my passions and challenges me, where I can contribute to my community and the world, but also make good money. I want to be out experiencing my community and the world without worrying about taking too much time off from my studies or (finding) work.
But, you can’t be actively working toward your goals every second you’re breathing. Taking care of yourself by staying in bed when you’re sick or taking a day off from work or school to hang out with someone you love or to clean out your garage can be just as important for achieving. So when I don’t get everything done in a day or I watch an extra episode of Smallville after breakfast instead of doing the dishes, I don’t beat myself up- I reflect on why it happened and remind myself I’m not perfect.