I am currently lacking a bit of my blogging mojo (can you tell?) and I am employing some help from friends in the form of stealing post ideas (this time again from my friend Elisabeth). You might be familiar with her regular posts of recent demerits and gold stars — so I am jumping on the bandwagon today in order to check in on what has – and what hasn’t – worked these first few months of the new year.
- Snoozing the alarm one too many times. I want to blame this on jetlag because I am technically going to bed early enough to get enough sleep, but when wake-up time comes around, I still want to keep snoozing for a little bit longer and it makes my morning routine a bit rushed.
- Not reading as much as I’d like to. I know that sounds like a self-imposed problem. Obviously, I am opting to do “other things”. I once again realize that I have too many competing hobbies. The struggle is real.
- Not doing enough strength training. I had a good routine at the beginning of the year and then I dropped the strength training a bit. I know it’s all a matter of organizing my workouts accordingly. I’ll be on it.
- Standing up for myself at work. I mentioned it somewhere before, I can be a very patient, “going-with-the-flow”, “wait-and-see”-kinda person at work, and naturally, sometimes people take advantage of that. One of the things I want to do in 2023 is be more assertive and speak up when it’s warranted (not just when it feels inevitable). I am learning (slowly, but surely) that speaking up and saying ‘no’ occasionally will earn you some respect. (Who knew?) I have my performance review coming up in a couple of weeks and try to prepare myself to be more self-confident in that conversation.
- Getting my outdoor bike tuned up. My bike had been sitting in the garage for the better part of the last year and subsequently, the tires had lost air. I called the local neighborhood bike shop last weekend and brought it in for a tune-up (check and fill tires, align tires, brake check, etc.) and now it’s ready to be used for leisure and to commute to the office once a week. I am so glad I got this done.
- Staying on top of small, but important things on my non-project-related, administrative work to-do list. I try really hard to get administrative things done early (if at all possible), e.g. filing my bank card statements, filling out IT inventory forms, etc. I don’t like to have these things lingering on my to-do list, plus it also makes a good impression on my supervisor if he doesn’t have to nag me to complete these tasks.
- Getting some routine check-ups scheduled and done earlier this year. I got my mammogram, colonoscopy, (follow-up from last year) endoscopy done in Q1 of 2023 and my next dentist cleaning is scheduled for later this month. I love being on top of these things (even if it’s hard sometimes to make these phone calls and set up the appointments. I know!).
- Easing myself back into my workout routine. Coming back from an extended break is never easy, especially when it comes to your established workout routine. It’s nice and important to take a break sometimes, but it’s almost like breaking a habit that you then have to get into again. I am trying to be gentle and not do too much too soon (especially after Covid made a brief appearance again).
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