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Baby Steps

So I haven’t posted much after I made that really optimistic and grand sounding post a few months ago.  Part of the problem for me, like it is for Jay, is that I feel tremendous pressure to write something great, or at least interesting.  Well, my life hasn’t really been interesting as of late, and so I can’t really draw inspiration from that.  In fact, I’m pretty much in a rut.  I haven’t done much to advance my goals, and have just settled back into a routine.  I’m not very happy with this, and need to find a way to get myself back on the grind.  So in response to Jay’s challenge, I’m going to start by doing two things that will help me get back in the swing of things, and start working towards my goals.

The first thing I’m going to do is to start going to bed and waking up earlier.  Now this may not seem like a big deal, but I feel that is very important for me.  Currently, I work at evenings and nights, and when I get home, I eat dinner, watch some TV or read, and go to bed at around 3-4am, sometimes later.  The next day, I’ll wake up around noon and the day is practically over already.  I feel like there’s not enough time to write or work on anything important, so I just don’t do anything, and sit at the computer or go out for a little bit, until it is time to go back to work.  So my challenge is to start waking up during morning hours!  I’m setting the goal at going to bed at 1am the latest, and waking up no later than 9pm.  Baby steps.  I’ve been trying this schedule the past few days, and it’s not as easy as I thought. The snooze button is not my friend!  But, I have been getting up earlier, and generally feel more productive, so once I get into the habit of it, I should be an early bird in no time!

The second thing I’m going to do is to start eating healthier. This is something that Jay challenged himself to do as well.   I know a lot of times, I’ll feel lazy or just don’t know what to cook for dinner, so I’ll take the easy way out and just order out.  This is not a good thing.  We discussed that eating healthier and going out to eat less is not only good for our health, it’s also good for our wallet.  Plus, it’s always easier to eat healthier when you’ve got someone in the same boat as you, and who you know won’t be munching down on chips and cookies while you’re stuck with a carrot stick. We spend so much money eating out, and on unhealthy snacks, when instead we could be saving that money for more important things like travelling.  So I’m going to start looking up healthier recipes to cook and planning my meals in advance, so that I know what ingredients to buy and exactly what to make for dinner. I’m also cutting out the junk food and buying healthier snacks and more fruits and vegetables.  It’s a lot easier to eat healthy when you only have healthy food in your house.

So those are the two things I’m going to start doing to get out of this rut.  I think it’s going to boost my energy level, and in turn, increase my productivity.  Later on, I hope to be able to add more things to do that are a bit more ambitious, but for now, I’m just going to focus on these things one step at a time.  Baby steps.