I have two posts that I absolutely need to write today so, obviously, instead I’m writing a last minute one now because the idea came into my head and I don’t want to waste this sudden spark of inspiration. Queen of procrastination right here.
Okay, so let’s get on with it or whatever.
I’m still unemployed.
Sigh, I know.
But, to be fair, aside from being absolutely and excruciatingly poor (like, down to the last £30 of my overdraft poor) I’m really enjoying having the time to properly work on my blog.
I mean, please don’t get me wrong, if someone offered me a job I’d start tomorrow (someone plz hire me) because at the end of the day, I desperately need a wage. But if I’m looking at silver linings, I really love working from home, I REALLY love having so much time to focus on my blog and I really love having so much time to myself.
I’m a very self-motivated person and I’ve always worked better in a more casual environment. Even at Uni I’d be more productive from my bedroom or a coffee shop than in the library. But, obviously, there are exceptions and sometimes when I’m working at home I just want someone to tell me what to do, how to do it and when to do it for. Sometimes I have days where a routine is just impossible and I sit on the sofa with Netflix instead. Sometimes I choose to work on an evening rather than during the day or sometimes just not at all.
Which is why I want to introduce some things into my daily routine. (Which, admittedly, is currently virtually non-existent since Christmas and that annual January slump.) Not all of these are work/productivity based, but I definitely find that I work better with a more set routine in place. So here are the things I want to add/change.
Waking up earlier
Back when I was first made redundant I continued with my getting up early routine, waking up with Joe and getting up when he went to work. I still wake up when he does, but now I tend to laze in bed until 9am/10am, then make breakfast, then get to work and it’s putting a serious dent in my productivity. I need to get back to getting up when Joe leaves and starting my day earlier.
Going to the gym
I’m lucky if I go to the gym once or twice a month at the moment. I have to keep paying for it because I’m on a year-long contract, so I may as well flipping get my money’s worth. I’m aiming to go at least three times a week but four if I can manage it, even if I’m only there for 30 minutes a time. I need to play about with timings and decide when in the day I prefer to go, but I’m thinking it will be best for me to go mid-morning.
Write my to-do list the night before
I get very anxious when I know I have a lot to do and writing lists helps SO much. The only problem is I leave it til morning then forget things I said I’d do yesterday. I know a lot of people that write their to-do lists the night before so I’m definitely going to try and adopt this.
Replying to emails is my least favourite task. I don’t know why I hate doing it so much, probably because I’m really bad for leaving them until my inbox is filled to the brim and a little overwhelming. I need to start replying to them every day or every other day depending on how many I’ve received.
I’ve noticed myself drinking less and less water recently, favouring cups of tea. I love tea, but when I drink a lot of it on days I’ve not had enough water, I get the worst headaches and I get VERY agitated/anxious. (Just for context, I’ve been crazy sensitive to caffeine since being on anti-anxiety medication.) So lots of tea is fine, but also lots of water at the same time.
Less screen time in the evenings
I want to spend more time reading (my current to-read list is HUGE) and less time on my phone on an evening. Spending all day on social media is SO often enough for me without then spending all evening being consumed by it, too. I think I just generally need to treat blogging/social media like my 9-5 job until I get another 9-5 job to be honest.
Hopefully I’ll be able to start being more consistently productive again now the days are getting a little lighter – the dark mornings and evenings does absolutely nothing for my happiness levels. I’ll be sure to keep you updated with anything else I decide and anything I manage to form a habit of!