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Mike Wazowski: Settling Back into Routines (or "Routines")

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Congratulations! And thanks for the heads up on the micro masters stuff. I watched a whole bunch of lectures on algorithms on the MIT open courseware site a while back. They have some awesome free stuff on there! I'm sure that's separate from the micro masters thing, but I think it's awesome that they are offering some cheaper, and in some cases free, options.

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21 hours ago, Mike Wazowski said:

Weekend update: Didn't do so hot on routines, especially bedtime. I think I need to realize that when bedtime is slipping and Netflix binges are happening, it's usually linked to a depressive-type episode (mine tend to be VERY slow building so they're sneaky).

GOOD observation. Though I do wonder (completely speculating from the outside) that your need to constantly be ON all the time may mean you could actually benefit from more down time in general? Though not at the expense of sleep. Just having total RELAXXX mode (not trying to hit some kind of metric for how successful your relaxation effort is even!) can be very helpful. 

 

21 hours ago, Mike Wazowski said:

Listing the above out is definitely helping - and I'll be sure to journal / reflect as needed in the ole BuJo to try and keep tabs on this going forward.

Yesss. Excellent.

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5 hours ago, Deckard Gainz said:

Congratulations! And thanks for the heads up on the micro masters stuff. I watched a whole bunch of lectures on algorithms on the MIT open courseware site a while back. They have some awesome free stuff on there! I'm sure that's separate from the micro masters thing, but I think it's awesome that they are offering some cheaper, and in some cases free, options.

Thanks man - and totally, MIT does a truly awesome job with making their learning materials available to a wide audience. EdX, the platform my micromasters is hosted on, was either started at MIT or by their alumni, I think. Really cool that a storied institution goes out of their way to help the whole world become a little bit better educated.

 

11 minutes ago, raptron said:

GOOD observation. Though I do wonder (completely speculating from the outside) that your need to constantly be ON all the time may mean you could actually benefit from more down time in general? Though not at the expense of sleep. Just having total RELAXXX mode (not trying to hit some kind of metric for how successful your relaxation effort is even!) can be very helpful. 

Prooooobably? I think there's some quality / quantity of downtime need that I'm not hitting on the reg - which maybe leads to crashes like the one I'm currently slogging through. And sleep slipping is certainly part of it, plus maybe recognizing that chatting on a dating app (grindr in this case) is actually NOT a particularly restorative activity to me - I should probably be classifying it more like a chore than a leisure activity (the actual dates are fun, the messaging to try and make them happen with less established personal dynamics...much less so). And screen time (Netflix, or reading stuff on the Internet) is also not especially restorative for me personally, same with eating moire than a small taste of treat food - I know all this, but I periodically need to remind myself to get back to the restorative stuff with a slightly higher activation energy (like finding the book I've been reading most recently and getting over to my comfy reading spot on the couch - not *that* much effort, but just enough to be a bit of a barrier). And I know the above sounds a lot like metric-ing about my relaxation - I promise it's less that, and more making sure that I pick stuff that feels like total RELAXXX mode and not "relax" mode.

 

I think if I trace back, I had a couple nights of crummy sleep after getting back from Austin (6/1-ish) and haven't really had a restful evening to recharge since. Maaaaybe I know what I'm doing tonight, haha.

 

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Yesss. Excellent.

:D thank God I picked up this habit of written reflection from one of the nerds here - probably @RedStone.

 

Week 4?, Day 1 (Monday): Reasonable if not amazing day at work - I woke up late from staying up late - still haven't broken that late night habit (not great). Skipped the gym and prayer in the morning, neither by conscious choice the night before (also not great). I think I'm going to lower the bar for the last week or so of this challenge - all I want is to get in bed at reasonable hours (or be up late for something fun and SOCIAL); do 1+ each of strength, pilates, ankle prehab, and shoulder prehab; and keep on channeling Hermione Granger for my grad school work (currently on track to finish everything due next Tuesday well in advance, plan is to slowly start working ahead by at least a week from all deadlines so that I have a buffer when I take weekend trips and/or when stuff starts getting harder).

 

Found out about some teacher shuffling happening in my dance classes starting next week - I'll have to rethink lesson plans for my ballroom kiddos and flesh out some real good unit plans for my latin kids, but I'm excited about the change for both styles - I'll be getting some of my favorite students who got moved to other classes, plus some kiddos with glaring opportunities that I want to get my hands on. And my dance partner is no longer stuck co-teaching with me (where we wouldn't get the full bang for the buck of two hyper-organized teachers), he'll instead get to nail it with some of the more experienced girls who'll benefit from his hyper-disciplined and methodical approach (and deep knowledge of topics they REALLY need right about now).

 

In happy news, my 401(k) rollover stuff is mailed, so one less stressor squawking in the back of my mind (and that was a big one - dealing with slips of paper that represent most of your life savings is understandably stressful, I think). And I've got my updated driver's license from the state after about 2 weeks of waiting (still beats going in person to change it, and now I can more easily get a library card and update my voter registration, both of which are pending on the moving task list). Also nailed down a time for a friend to grab the biggest item from my donate / give away pile, and working on finalizing the handoff for some other miscellany with another friend. Then all I'll need to do is schedule one pickup, hang up some painting panels and I'll have a totally clear living room floor! :D

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Y'all, I just remembered a WAAAAY better answer for why conversations about money can at times be difficult. One of my personal finance heroes, Paula Pant (Afford Anything is her blog / podcast brand - part of her catchphrase "You can afford anything, but not everything"), has another catchphrase that "every conversation about money is really a conversation about values." For me, this resonates - what we spend our money (and time / energy / attention / focus) on implicitly reflects what we value, or at least to the depth of our value hierarchy that our budget lets us reach. This implicit part can be especially important - I wouldn't say that the ability to buy 5 fancy coffees and a couple meals out so I don't have to cook a week is more important to me than taking 1 extra vacation a year, but I've been guilty some months of implicitly having this exact priority structure (and there's nothing wrong if YOU truly value day-to-day convenience more than a vacation - we all just gotta do our best to know what we value and live in accordance with that). And because we often don't have good tools for voicing our values respectfully and coexisting with people with dramatically different values, plus we don't like being confronted with our implicit values if they feel dissonant from the values we'd like to have, money conversations can get really heated really quickly. Especially with my ex-fiancee, but that's a whole other story.

 

It's certainly not all of it - the pain of comparing circumstances and feeling like you're much worse off than a peer is REAL and certainly causes friction too. But implicit values seem like a big contributing factor in my limited experience.

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I was going to go into a comment about values when you had your big spoilered post about money, actually! Mostly because my retirement plan is becoming a traveling entertainer/caravan escort warrior when the apocalypse hits and our digital money and goods hold no value.

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Drive by update:

 

Yesterday at work was a wash, but I’m ok with it. Taught dance, then just took a relaxed drive home jamming out to music. Got home, decided I didn’t feel like cooking dinner so it was cereal and milk time. Somewhere in the evening, took a nice hot bath (new tub is SO MUCH bigger than my old apartment’s!) and then read the foreword and intro to “The Brothers Karamazov” (yes, Russian literature is part of my relaxing). Got in bed at a reasonable hour and hit the gym this morning. All in all, a quality Tuesday of CHILL.

 

Also, I’m already done with my grad school homework for next week - operation Hermione is a success so far!

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Another drive-by update:

 

Yesterday was mostly productive, work-wise. Didn't hit my superhuman goals but made solid progress and did some reading on better structuring my work environment to support sustained attention (scrolling through the blog of Cal Newport, one of my favorite authors on productivity). Biggest changes I made were setting up parental controls on my phone so that during the workday, I can only access texts and work-relevant apps (plus online banking to look at unexpected charges coming through). Otherwise, nothing on the internet (also blocked facebook and the forums completely from my phone, and hid instagram so it's not as accessible even when I'm not at work). Hoping this leads to less lost hours during the work week from mindless stuff. Then followed it up with dance teaching and dance practice, both of which went pretty well - especially the dance practice, things are chugging along slowly but surely on that front.

 

Still on track with grad school - started the end of unit project due on July 1st and it feels good to be working ahead on stuff. It helps that this class is overall a lot more interesting and job-relevant than my previous class, which was a little too theoretical math heavy (and heavy on tricky calculus) for me to really enjoy it.

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On 6/20/2019 at 10:39 PM, Mike Wazowski said:

Didn't hit my superhuman goals

I'm glad you're at least recognizing that your goals are super human. :lol:

 

On 6/18/2019 at 11:56 PM, raptron said:

I was going to go into a comment about values when you had your big spoilered post about money, actually! Mostly because my retirement plan is becoming a traveling entertainer/caravan escort warrior when the apocalypse hits and our digital money and goods hold no value.

HAH love it! My plan is to wear really eccentric hats and be the crazy hat lady. The rest of the details are still vague.

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45 minutes ago, Mad Hatter said:

I'm glad you're at least recognizing that your goals are super human. :lol:

Baby steps! :lol:

 

Challenge Close Out: Weekend was really good! Dance partner and I went to PRIDE night at the local art museum and it was really cool - they had some special exhibits up showcasing gender- and sexuality-non-conforming art from around the world and different time periods, plus some cool talks and demonstrations in addition to us bumming around the ancient greco-roman art part of the museum. Then went to a drag show to meet up with some friends, got a drink on the rooftop patio of another bar, and got late night pizza (I didn't have dinner - whoops!) and debated whether thinking requires language or if language is merely a medium to communicate and organize thought. I was WIRED when I got home (lesson learned - no caffeinated mixers, even just a splash of diet coke, when getting mixed drinks for a night out) so my Saturday was kinda a trash heap. But I still had a good enough dance lesson and practice, partner was patient with me, and I basically bummed around when I got home (complete with venturing out for more pizza - the downside of a good by the slice place being down the street from me). Sunday was the usual - early morning dance til late afternoon, then meal prep and laundry, call my parents, and wind down for bed.

 

Oh, and Friday and Sunday I did enough grad school work that I'm still running pretty far ahead - I should wrap up everything they've released so far sometime tomorrow, just in time for them to release the next unit (which won't be due until 7/12 - my goal is to start running about 1-2 weeks ahead of all due dates and keep a close to daily work habit on it).

 

New challenge is coming, and it'll probably be Harry Potter themed in some fashion or other. Probably knowing when to channel Hermione, and when I can let myself be more like Ron and do just the bare minimum.

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Sounds like a brilliant fun weekend! Also are you becoming Raptron? :lol:

 

6 minutes ago, Mike Wazowski said:

when I can let myself be more like Ron and do just the bare minimum.

Hah! I’ll believe that when I see it. :P 

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2 minutes ago, Mad Hatter said:

Sounds like a brilliant fun weekend! Also are you becoming Raptron? :lol:

Haha if I were raptron, I would've magically rallied and had an epic Saturday after that Friday, somehow.

 

2 minutes ago, Mad Hatter said:

Hah! I’ll believe that when I see it. :P 

:P challenge, accepted!

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38 minutes ago, Mike Wazowski said:

Dance partner and I went to PRIDE night at the local art museum and it was really cool - they had some special exhibits up showcasing gender- and sexuality-non-conforming art from around the world and different time periods, plus some cool talks and demonstrations in addition to us bumming around the ancient greco-roman art part of the museum.

 

This sounds super interesting! 
 

39 minutes ago, Mike Wazowski said:

and debated whether thinking requires language or if language is merely a medium to communicate and organize thought.


As does this! 

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1 hour ago, Harriet said:

This sounds super interesting! 
 


As does this! 

It was a fun convo!!! Even if staying up til the late night pizza place closed was not the optimal timing for it.

 

New challenge is up:

 

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i also can't usually do caffeine mixers unless it's the beginning of the night and i'm super tired! lesson learned ;) 

 

see you on the other side!

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