my own worst enemy

April 14, 2010

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.



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!


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