Thursday, August 11, 2011
I am cleaning out and organizing my closet this afternoon! I'm getting rid of worn-out and ill-fitting clothing, plus setting up the closet so I can easily find things. Any suggestions for closet organization would be really useful!
A more substantive post about how I felt going through the clothes and just general progress updates will follow this evening, but I wanted to solicit help early on!
Tuesday, August 09, 2011
I was in good spirits today. I got in my morning workout (Day 8 of the Thirty Day Shred) and got a good amount of job search stuff in the morning. I ran some errands in the afternoon. All in all, a decently productive day so far. Best of all, I'm thinking positive thoughts and not being hard on myself. Despite the setbacks I've experienced, between the opportunities available to me and my own initiative and hard work, I can make a good, satisfying career for myself.
I have set my sights on a time management goal that's manageable. I am aiming for one focused, single-minded hour (with two five minute breaks) of focused work on career/networking stuff or independent writing each day. These days, I have been doing a lot of errands and watching TV in the evening while doing career work. I get an good amount of work done, then. But I need at least one focused hour. This is less important now than it will be during the school year, because now, I basically have all day to do it. But I think it's a small, good goal to start with. I am going to take 9-10pm today for it!
Monday, August 08, 2011
Last week I started crying while doing the 30 Day Shred. It wasn't because it was hard (although it was hard), it was because it was morning, I had woken up somewhat late and I was beating myself up for not having done enough the day before, and being slow to get to doing more that day. That feeling came over me again today during BFBM, although I didn't actually start crying.
I finished my summer job, and will not have much of a formal schedule until next week. I have a lot to do, but sufficient time to do it. I need to apply to some jobs and organize my room (as part of my new goal to be more organized). I know the sadness I feel is irrational, based in disappointment in myself from things past. All I can do is stay motivated and know my plan for the day. I only spend about 30 minutes exercising a day, and I have the whole day to catch up.
I have been consistent in exercising each morning and I am proud of that, but I feel less successful in my new goal of being more organized. However, I know I can't let this more successful area of my life suffer in my quest to be more organized and have better time management.
Saturday, August 06, 2011
I bought The Spark two weeks ago. I am still working my way through it (I'm super busy), but I love its mindset that the tools it advances aren't just about losing weight: They're about building a better, healthier life.
I have been pretty disorganized my entire life, just because I thought I could get away with it and it saved time. I always thought it would be good to become more organized, but that I didn't really need to, and besides, those people who were super-organized were not as "fun" or "spontaneous" as I was. After a few disappointments this year, I am realizing that I need to improve my organization and time planning. But not in the way that I used to do it, which was a crash-diety kind of way (I need to clean my room because my parents are coming! I need to get myself prepared for a big test!), but in a real lifestyle change way.
I actually lose by being disorganized and not planning my time well. I lose time; when something is missing and I don't know where it is, it takes a while to find it. I lose confidence; I can't invite people into my room without shame. And I end up less able to perform; when I don't manage my time, I can get too wrapped up in completing one task and not do everything I need to do before a deadline.
The idea of criss-crossing really spoke to me, because there are some aspects of my life that are working that I can use to motivate and teach me how to succeed here. Setting small goals and aiming for streaks are tools I plan to use in improving my organization and time planning. I'll be blogging about this, along with my health goals from now on.
Sunday, July 24, 2011
I am a motivated and ambitious person. I have a wonderful personal life, and that's what's most important to me. However, I really do want to succeed in my career, too.
I have had a less-than-perfect first year in law school. I've done above-average, but not stellar. I am interested in some competitive jobs, and while I know I still have a chance at them (there are two more years, after all), I feel sad about not having done a perfect job first year. Law school awards all its internal prizes on the basis of first year. I know I need to do research into what is needed for my chosen career and continue to work hard and try to achieve at the level necessary to get there. But I feel very heartbroken. I was a real achiever in college and high school. The fact that I have failed to distinguish myself in the first year of law school will influence the rest of my career, and every time I process that fact, I feel unspeakably awful.
This won't impact my weight management goals. In fact, my healthy habits will hopefully help me deal with this crisis. I actually think I want to work harder at working out and eating right so I can have it as a stress-reliever and an alternate source of focus and self-confidence. I want to do more yoga to help with self-affirmation.
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