23 February 2018
Prior to AltShift, I had fallen into a trap of not doing things. I always wanted to be at home and when I was at home I wanted to be 'resting'. I spent the vast majority of my life 'resting'. I don't know exactly what I was 'resting' up for, but lord knows I was a champ at 'resting'.
In the last few months, I have noticed a marked increase in my energy levels. I don't need to 'rest' as much. Yes, I do take down time and I have been known to lay on the couch on watch an hour or two of TV, but that is the exception and not the norm anymore. I come home from school and I don't need a nap anymore. Okay, so the other day I nodded off in my chair, but I wasn't that tired and when I woke just bounced right back up. But I still have some of my old habits. This is what a typical day looks like for me:
Walk home from school
Sit down to watch Dr. Phil (this is when I used to nap for 30 - 60 minutes)
Spend the next 2ish hours sitting in my chair watching mindless TV
Clean the kitchen
Sit in my chair and watch more mindless TV (and possibly nap some more)
I need to switch up these habits. I've said this before, but now it's more important because I have tons of energy. I sit here doing all kinds of crazy things on the computer because I have a ton of energy. So I need to change things up and not sit in front of my computer anymore.
I used to have hobbies, actually I still do I just don't do them much. I bought the material to make a quilt, I could work on that while I watch mindless TV.
I get home at 4pm ish. I could go to the gym a couple of days a week.
I could go for a short evening hike a couple of days a week.
I could just walk the neighborhood.
I could do some cleaning things.
I could do some organization things.
Clearly, there are many things I could be doing instead of sitting on my butt. So my idea is to create a list of things to do. Actually, 2 lists, one for inside and one for outside. Then cut them up and put them into jars. Then, when I get home from school, depending on whether I feel like staying in or going out, I will pull a slip and do that. I think that will help break the habit or the attitude that when I'm home I have to 'rest'. I've rested enough.
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