A story of the first two weeks of 2018, in two sentences:
In the first week, I felt on top of things. Then, in the second week, I didn’t.
Yup, that’s pretty much the whole story. Start to finish.
I threw myself into the new year with an amazing new word — “WELCOME” (you can read more about that here) — and a set of goals that lit the best kind of fire under my you-know-what. And in Week One, that translated into an intense rhythm to my days. I cranked the music, turned on my pretty new salt lamp (thanks to my sister!), barely even felt the temptation to break my no-desserts-during-the-week rule, and knocked things off the to-do list right and left. Hello, 2018. I’ve arrived.
This week, on the other hand, has felt a little different. I feel different. More tired. More focused on the weekend. More “Do I really have to cook dinner again tonight?” More distracted. And definitely more interested in a teeny, tiny taste of chocolate after lunch in the middle of the week (for the record, I haven’t caved yet!). I took Wednesday afternoon off to see a show with my family while they were visiting the city, but other than that, it’s been kind of a bummer of a week.
(P.S. Go see I, Tonya. It rules.)
Can anyone else relate? Is Week Two bringing you down?
I’m fully aware that the solution to all of this is nothing more than an attitude adjustment (and maybe a few nights of really good sleep), but while I go ahead and adjust that attitude, here are a few things I’m working on…
I’m working on not second guessing every little thing I say.
I’m working on forcing myself to ask stupid questions when I actually need the answer.
I’m working on jumping out of bed without checking social media, and on leaving my phone on the nightstand so I’m not tempted to carry it around with me all. day. long. All the important daytime stuff is on my computer. The phone can wait a few hours.
I’m working on stretching more.
I’m working on loosely scheduling out my days the night before, so I don’t have to waste time in the morning figuring out how I’m going to spend my time.
I’m working on figuring out how I can spend as much time as possible under my heated blanket. (It’s just the truth, OK?)
I’m working on jumping right into the early stages of big, scary-sounding projects instead of waiting until I think there’s going to be enough time to get them on the right track. Work happens in small chunks!
I’m working on Writer’s Block. I know it’s an occupational hazard, but do I really need to have it for a week straight?
I’m working on saving up my sweet tooth cravings during the work week and indulging in something really delicious over the weekend, instead of mindlessly snacking on candy that I don’t want that badly.
I’m working on being better at Twitter.
I’m working on being OK with not being at inbox zero at the end of the workday. I find that I’m better at processing how I want to reply to emails first thing in the morning than I am at 6 PM.
I’m working on learning how to use new tools for projects (I’m looking at you, Asana). Pen and paper will always have their place in my life, but I know I’m wasting resources by insisting on all analog, all the time.
I’m working on listening to more podcasts, and watching less TV.
What are you working on these days? I’d love for you to share in the comments below!