For some reason, coming back from a break somehow convinces me I can do all the things immediately. I become certain I can get everything done the very week I start back up. Not-so-spoiler: this did not (and does not) happen. You’d think I would learn. For example, let’s not talk about the current cleanliness of my house. Priorities, right?
In the spirit of doing more of the good things this year, I planned to sit down and plan out some ways to make that happen. That’s become a goal for this week instead.
I planned to sit down and plan out all the research and writing I need to do this semester (there may be a theme of “planning to plan” here).
I planned to go for a hike, but settled for walking the dog around the neighborhood.
I planned to read a whole book this weekend and got less than 1/4 of the way through.
But this isn’t about the things I didn’t do, so let’s talk about the things I did do:
I got my planner for the year….only about 10 days late. We can say this is why I’m a bit behind on planning things out. I need a planner with plenty of space for to-do lists and a schedule. Let the lists proliferate!
I got back to running, along with some strength workouts and a yoga class. I’m trying to do shorter but more frequent runs and workouts, 4-5 of each per week and 15-30 minutes. Timewise it’s not much of a change from my previous habits, but I’m finding the mindset shift to doing run + workout on some days more challenging than expected. If you do this regularly, give me your tips?
Last week I got in 3 runs for a total of 7.5 miles (I’ve got the “shorter” part of my new schedule down at least). And 4 workouts of about 20 minutes each. So this week’s goal is just to add another run.
I went to the dentist, which sucks for both me and the hygienist because I have sensitive gums. My hygienist is ever-hopeful that the pain/discomfort will be less with subsequent visits, and then I always have to tell her that it isn’t because, well, there is really no point in lying to your medical professionals. The positive side is we don’t have to do it again for a few months.
I did a decent amount of reading, despite not finishing my weekend book.
I made several recipes from the cookbooks I got for Christmas…reviews are forthcoming, eventually.
I dealt with some moderately bad fatigue (probably caused by trying to do all the things….), but I managed to convince myself to dial back on activity and got it mostly under control in a couple days. Now, if only I can remember to do that when things are more hectic.
Relatedly, I finally admitted that I’m not currently a morning person. Since I always have been a morning person, regularly feeling glued to the bed when I (kinda sorta) wake up is a new experience. And I have newfound respect for night owls who have to get up early. Tell me your secrets.
Do you suffer from “all-the-things-itis” when you get back from a vacation or break?
Night owls…how do you get yourself up in the morning?