26 December 2023

Working on the mindset

 so I'm working on compartmentalizing the various aspects of my life and making them work together. I think the main thing I need to stop is the, I feel like doing X,Y,Z. That's what gets me into trouble. I don't feel like working so I'm going to cruise Facebook. I don't feel like painting so I'm going to do this. I don't feel like getting all messy with the resin so I'm going to do this. I don't feel like working out so I'm going to do this. That's the kind of thinking that gets me into trouble. It creates the cognitive dissonance that I was talking about last post. I know that I need to work out but in the moment I blow it off and then I feel bad. I can't do that. I just can't. If I schedule a workout I need to go unless I have some major injury. So I'm done with the cognitive dissonance. I think I will plan out my day each morning and take it from there. I need to have a couple of things I want to accomplish and those are the things I need to work on. 

In other news, I've been struggling with planners for the last few years and again, I think that has to do with my mindset. I don't like the super detailed planners because I keep telling myself that I don't have plans and goals anymore. Making it to retirement is my big plan. But that's not true. I have plans and goals for my fitness. I have plans and goals for my business. I have plans and goals for my traveling, etc. So I initially ordered a pretty simple weekly planner. It's a Rhodia with a week on the left side and notes on the right side. I've been using one for a while this year and it was working out well. So I ordered one for next year. But then I got caught up in the planner frenzy that is new years and I ended up ordering a Hobonichi Techno planner. It's a daily planner with lots of room for notes and lists and things. That's it. Those are the only two planners I will have this year. I am going to use the Hobonichi for my daily stuff, business, workouts, etc. and the Rhodia will be for keeping track of school stuff. So I hadn't even really articulated that until I was typing it out and I love that idea. So that's the way it's going to be. I already have the Rhodia and the Hobonichi gets here on Thursday. I am going to keep up the planners this year and I'm going to be organized. If it kills me. 

The truth of the matter is that I find I work much better if I plan things out and write them down. They get out of my head and then I don't have to think about them. That's where I get in trouble. If I have to keep thinking that I'm going to the gym later, I start to question that. But if I just schedule it and then put it in my planner, it's a done deal and I don't have to think about it at all. Robot mode. That's what I need Robot Mode. 

In even other news, my room is so amazing now. I spent the weekend working on it and all I can say is YES!!! It's so awesome. 

Here is the before: 

As you can see it is super crowded and there is just crap everywhere. Ugh. Being in this room gave me anxiety. 

Here is the after: 

A little rearranging, some bookshelves from Ikea, and getting rid of that pink monster chair and what a difference. There is still some straightening/organizing that I need to do, but I'm so happy with the way it turned out. I feel like I can breathe again in this room. I have a giant work area and can actually do more than one thing at a time. So that has been awesome. 

Alright, time to figure out my day and what I plan on doing. 

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