Prioritizing, Procrastination and Pride
Wednesday, June 15, 2011
I put today at a 3.5 (out of 5) overall!
I've found one of my biggest challenges the last few days has been consistent completion of my weekly "streak" goals. I have been "cramming" good habits in late at night which puts a lot of pressure on me to choose between one goal and another. For example: Last night, I spent too much time driving around looking for the perfect pedometer (will write about that in another blog entry!), and as a result got home later than I anticipated, which put my "to do" list in peril. To add fuel to the flame, I found myself spending time online doing "easy" sparkpeople things and watching a good movie (Sorcerer's Apprentice- fun movie!), but procrastinating some of those "little but big" things that I want to make a habit of doing regularly.
I realized all this at 11pm, which of course caused me to panic, since one of my goals is to get 7 hours of sleep, which gave me just one hour (and that was stretching it). So… I managed to cram in an extra 1,000 steps, and did my back exercises, but had it been a regular night I would have lost my streak of 7 hour nights. Fortunately I was able to sleep later this morning, so I still qualified myself for a 7 hour night… it was not an ideal way to end the day (cramming), but I was happy to have gotten SOME of those little "BIG" things accomplished.
On the other hand, I'm quite happy to be getting back into my water habit. Between that, my 10K steps a day and literally pushing myself to bed so I get 7 hours of sleep a night, I'm already seeing my energy level becoming more consistent (although my BORING work tasks tend to counter-act on my energy levels!).
I'm also happy to report that since I've been walking at work and doing my back exercises every day, my back has held up MUCH better over the entire day. This indeed is great news- now I just have to implement some of these healthy habits EARLIER in the day so I can be more productive generally.
Eating right is by far the most challenging habit for me, due to being a VERY selective eater! I'm very proud of myself for today. Though I did eat more carbs then is probably best, I give myself credit - I chose carrots over junk food while I was at my computer this evening after work. I went to the kitchen for something to nosh while doing my computer stuff (because I had to focus on that task before ANYTHING else, including dinner), and actually WANTED something healthy. I saw a bag of carrots I had peeled the night before and thought they might do the trick , but since I am sensitive to cold food I hesitated. I found a great solution: I put the two carrots in the microwave for a total of about 25 seconds, and it was just enough to take the cold edge off of them. There were still cool spots, but it was very easy for me to just bite into them knowing it wouldn't bother my teeth.
I also learned something about myself that made me feel better about my procrastination. I have been procrastinating the task of emailing to the state 4-H dog leaders (I am chairperson of the NJ 4-H Dog Project Advisory Council), and as I updated and reviewed my "Getting Things Done" list, I realized that I had to make that task my TOP priority for the evening. I got to work on it, and an hour and half later, I glanced at the clock and sighed with weariness at how much time it was taking. But then I got a "spark" (intentional wording)! The reason I was procrastinating was because I really do care so much about doing an excellent job in this role that I put a lot of thought, skill and time into communicating process and objectives to my audience. Doing that takes time and frankly, it can really bite into my schedule. The positive twist on it was realizing that I really DO a great job when I put my mind to something!