It’s been a weird week. I have been in a bit of a funk lately and have been attempting numerous productivity and positivity tips and tricks from Buzzfeed and The Muse. Some have stuck, some I still struggle with, and some I have bailed on. I also found a new podcast and tried something new.
Let’s start with fails:
- Bullet Journal – I don’t think this is for me. I am currently on a quest to eliminate paper from my life. Though I do love a cute and sassy journal, I just can’t commit.
- Yoga – I am not ready to let this go just yet, though I haven’t practiced since Wednesday. A lot of my podcast and Internet heroes talk about the importance of meditation, and I am hoping yoga can help me out here. I am really digging Yoga with Adriene – Hoping she will reel me back in.
- Morning Pages – This one is a struggle too, but I want to give it another shot. Even if it doesn’t help with productivity or feeling better about things, I have no problem with challenging myself to write more.
What went well:
- Goals – I have gushed about my Google email + tasks process previously, but now its even better! Google Goals are even more life-changing. I waste so much time everyday and never seem to make progress on specific projects (Skillcrush, my needlepoint anniversary gift for Tyler that was due in May, reading for funsies) or even mundane daily tasks (teeth whitening, watering the plants, ironing). But Goals changes all of that. You can put in your goal, how many times per week, and the duration, and Google schedules it in your free time! Even better, if it turns out that you schedule something during that time, it will get bumped or if you hit “Defer,” it will also bump to your next free time. Sounds simple, but made such a difference for me!
- Millennial – I’m going to call this as a success, however it is really challenging me. Even though the term “millennial” makes me want to yarf every time I hear it, the tagline had me hooked: “A podcast about what people never teach you – how to maneuver your 20s.” I flew through the first season within a day or two and started questioning everything in my life. Unlike the host (Megan Tan), I am fortunate enough to have been employed since graduation, but I still have no idea what I want to do with my life. It makes me think – Which is more challenging: to be employed with no direction -or- to be unemployed and know where you want to go? Regardless, it’s all a challenge nonetheless. I will be leaving my 20s this October and embarking on a new decade, but I still feel as lost with the same questions (and more).
- Small Group – I started checking out a new church this year, and it has been great, especially this week. I began the week strong with journaling, working out, a positive attitude, etc – but that fizzled out around Thursday. Thank goodness, I was trying out a small group that night. This group is called C.A.U.L.K. (I have no idea what that stands for) and is centered around home maintenance and repair. (Perfect, right!?) I showed up and was nervous. I was able to help by employing my faucet installation skillz. Turns out everyone in the group was pretty cool, and we were able to help out another church member by: re-wiring a light post, burying the cable, installing a faucet, and assembling a swing set. After this session, I was refreshed and already looking forward to next week. (Hopefully, there won’t be any Kool-Aid involved…)
Overall, some ups and downs, but a solid week. What’s new with you? What new things are you trying? Are you amidst a 1/4, 1/3, or mid-life crisis? How do you deal?