Wednesday, April 14, 2010

my own worst enemy

the other side of planning
it's unpleasant and counterproductive to go through the day thinking about all the things one is NOT doing -- even while doing completely worthwhile things, such as taking care of patients, being with one's significant other, or catching up on much-needed sleep.

i know this, and i often write about it! but sometimes, i do it anyway. this is because i am ambitious and goal-oriented and i love to plan. these can be great qualities, because i'm usually quite productive, and i enjoy the process.

but sometimes i go overboard.


here's today's schedule, for example. while i am really, REALLY jazzed up about my spring cleaning project, i just wasn't able to tackle the kitchen yesterday and i'm not sure there's really room in today's schedule to handle the bathroom. life got in the way: i worked longer than planned (a busy shift, culminating in a tap on a writhing, undersedated 3 year old -- oof), and then josh's car broke down, so i had to pick him up.

all completely reasonable reasons for 'failing' to get everything i wanted to done yesterday. moreover, like anything else, i want to give these tasks the time and energy they deserve! so perhaps i'm going to have to spread my spring cleaning out a bit.

but what i do not have to do is feel bad about it. planning is good, but life happens. i got a late start on this AM, as i took josh to work. but instead of seeing it as a fail because i have less time to write this post, it was an opportunity to do something nice for him AND to spend a little extra time with him this morning.

just because something wasn't thought of ahead of time doesn't make it any less worthwhile. i know i need to work on my flexibility and even on leaving more wiggle room in my plans so that everything isn't a rush. and with that, i'm off to work . . .

notes from yesterday
welcome to anyone who is visiting from the happiness project website! i was over the moon to have been linked on gretchen rubin's page. come back anytime!

re: my clutter picture -- i admit it was underwhelming. there is plenty more clutter in other areas of our apartment (which is tiny -- so stuff builds up fast!), just not really in the bedroom. i expect the other before photos will look a bit more haphazard.

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4.13.10

workout: 40 minutes cycling (indoor, intervals) + weights
- 2 x 12 pushups
- 2 x 12 squats with tricep press, 10 lb
- 2 x 12 lat pulldowns, 55 lbs
- 2 x 10 tricep press-downs, 15 lbs
- 2 x 12 lateral/forward raises in lunge, 5 lbs each arm
- 2 x 15 ball plank-to-tucks/pikes

also not as planned: was dinner. the upside: it was exactly what i wanted.


raisin bran spiked with granola + bananas = carb-fest galore. and a delicious one, at that.

reading: 10 PREP questions -- almost done with the assigned series we had to get through for the year!

3 comments:

  1. I feel that way sometimes too, especially if I run out of time to work out.

    I am grateful when Jason does the dishes too! Although I'm not sure if he's ever done them without me asking him to.

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  2. I'm so grateful when Daniel does any chore without me asking. He'll always do what I ask him to, but when he sees a need and takes care of it himself... wonderful.

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  3. "just because something wasn't thought of ahead of time doesn't make it any less worthwhile."

    amen! i totally needed to see this written out. i am such a scheduled person too that it's hard to enjoy something that isn't written down in my agenda book! flexibility is something that is soooo hard for me haha. i know that youve probably blogged about it but any tips to make it easier?!

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