Well. Quite well.
Then I had a colleague that came to the grad student office sick.
Sick people should stay home.
Then I got sick. For a whole week.
I stayed home. Still recovering.
Still managed to get some work done in front of my computer. Productivity down however.
A few years ago a good friend introduced me to this blog:
She is a hilarious blogger who is living a different sort of life than she had planned. I read her blog in early January and she had decided not to make any New Year's resolutions. Instead she was creating monthly goals that she wanted to try to achieve. Well, some were daily, some weekly, and some monthly. Purl even made herself a beautiful (and tacky in a fun way) Kindergarten version of a star chart on a piece of large clipboard paper. Turns out it worked for her and she remembered her goals all month, plus she now has an almost fully decorated chart full of shiny, red, happy stars.
I am in.
I made my list.
I made it twice.
Here it is:
1.) 1 hour of exercise
2.) 5 servings of veg & fruit
(called 5 A Day in the UK; picked this up while traveling)
3.) 3-4 hours of work on thesis
4.) to bed before 11 PM
6.) 1 shopping/grocery trip
7.) 2 healthy dishes made
8.) do 1 large cleaning job
9.) 1 fun night out planned
One of my awesome sisters (I have a few) made family calendars and every day I write down the number of the goals I achieved in the day's respective calendar box.
You might wonder about the simplicity of some of these goals. I am in grad school and basic self cleaning, eating and care takes a back seat to many other projects. You've been there. You know what it's like to wonder if you neeeeeed to shower one day, or if you haaaave to buy healthy food this week, because it takes time and that time could be used on one of those projects. You've been there. This is to keep me clean, healthy, happier, and keep my energy hustle level up to get my thesis done. February went well. Very well. March has slowed down because I am sick. Once I am over this, I am back. Full force.
If this is your thing, give it a try and let me know how it goes.
Thank you Purl!