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Seriously, how do normal people do it? Ever since I've started my second job in august and have been working full time for the first time in my life, I'm in awe of people who manage to work a regular job and still find time to work out, pursue their interests, socialize, learn new stuff... when I get back from work, I'm just exhausted. I've been sleeping more than ever these past few weeks (and I've always needed more sleep than other people) and feel like working 150% more than before requires 150% more energy than I have. There were days when I got home and lay down on the couch for a while just to wake up 1,5 hours later, eat something and go to bed. Ugh.

But, I will not let this new situation control my life. Partly because I don't want to believe that I'll only live on the weekends from now on, but also because I've come so far this last year with NF that I don't want to let all these gains and skills and experiences slip out of my hands, just because I work regular hours now. I want to get those free standing handstands. I want to learn crazy new yoga poses. I want to see my body change and get stronger and healthier every day. I want to get back at drawing and singing and also learn new stuff (calligraphy and brush lettering being very high on that list). I want to do things that I enjoy doing. Not that my new (or old) job isn't enjoyable, but I don't want it to be all I do with my life.

Lately, I've let things slide. I stopped bullet journaling, stopped working out, gave up on my morning yoga practice, didn't eat as healthy (but managed to stay away from the fast food for the most part) and let my flat become a mess. This has got to stop. I'll take baby steps this time, little steps that I'll be able to stick to. I won't go over board and plan to do all the things (and some of you know how hard this is for me). Easy does it. For starters, I'll get back to my 3x15 plan that worked pretty well before the evil forces of working full time pulled me back into the Empire's grasp:

Move. Learn. Tidy.

  • 15 minutes of moving a day. I'll do yoga, go for a walk, run, bike, skate, swim or even do a workout if I feel up to it. Any kind of movement for the sake of movement counts. I'll do this because I know I feel better when I do. My lower back has been bothering me a bit lately and my knees are still not quite right, and I know that light movement helps. Yoga definitely helps. And I feel accomplished when I've finished my daily dosis of moving my body. I want to feel proud of my body and what it can do. So I'll move.

  • 15 minutes of learning a day. I'm studying french on duolingo just because I feel like it (and I've been able to stick to that one thanks to morning commutes and mobile access), but I might also read stuff for work, practice existing skills or try out new ones. I want to always continue learning and growing. There are so many things to know and learn. And if I exercise my body I should not forget to exercise my brain. So I'll learn.

  • 15 minutes of tidying a day. I have a list of housekeeping chores that need to be done to keep our flat clean and somewhat presentable. There have been a lot of arguments about this with my boyfriend but I know from experience that 15 minutes a day is enough to get my share of chores done and make both of us feel more relaxed and comfortable in our home. 15 minutes is a small price to pay for nice surroundings and peace of mind. So I'll tidy.

 

I'll track these in my bullet journal. For further motivation (and because I'll never get anything done otherwise), my computer is OFF LIMITS until all three of these are done. If I decide I don't have 15 minutes for moving on any given day, that's fine, but then I' don't have time for facebook, either.

If I manage to get these done 80% of the time, I'll reward myself with a new fancy water bottle that's lightweight enough to take with me. If I manage to get these done 95% of the time, I'll reward myself with a flex nib pen for calligraphy practice.

 

Oh, and guys... I'm back!! :D

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10 hours ago, Briniel said:

I'll track these in my bullet journal. For further motivation (and because I'll never get anything done otherwise), my computer is OFF LIMITS until all three of these are done. If I decide I don't have 15 minutes for moving on any given day, that's fine, but then I' don't have time for facebook, either.

 

Oh man, this sounds hard! It should be really motivating though. 

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Hei! You're back! Welcome!

I know the feeling, but it won't always be that way. You'll get used to new energy requirements and things at work will start to feel more in control, so authomatized, so less energy needed. You've got to go through an adaptation process and then you will be ok. It can take some time, though, but in the meantime I think you're taking the right way with more sleeping, no criticism, and taking one step at a time to recover your life. I'm sure lots of things will have changed by the end of this very challenge.

Puppies also think you can do it!

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Best of luck!

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14 hours ago, Briniel said:

Seriously, how do normal people do it? Ever since I've started my second job in august and have been working full time for the first time in my life, I'm in awe of people who manage to work a regular job and still find time to work out, pursue their interests, socialize, learn new stuff... when I get back from work, I'm just exhausted. I've been sleeping more than ever these past few weeks (and I've always needed more sleep than other people) and feel like working 150% more than before requires 150% more energy than I have. There were days when I got home and lay down on the couch for a while just to wake up 1,5 hours later, eat something and go to bed. Ugh.

I know how you feel. I was in the same situation two months ago. For me it worked to lay down half an hour while listening to music. I set an alarm clock and forced myself up to do something. It's hard but u will feel better when you see results. :)

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It got in the way of your beautiful bullet journals? Well that's a sign right there ;)

 

I think when a new job starts, it takes a lot of your time. I love your 15 min challenges because it keeps forwat movement. I need to try that.

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On 24.9.2016 at 9:17 PM, Terah said:

Good to see you back here :) I like your challenge goals, good luck!

 

I'm so glad to be back! I missed y'all :)

 

On 25.9.2016 at 6:15 AM, NeverThatBored said:

 

Oh man, this sounds hard! It should be really motivating though. 

It is. I really wanted to unwind a bit after work today, but there was still some tidying to do, so I did that first.

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(I've stuck a piece of paper on my computer screen saying "did you m/l/t today?". It helps.)

 

On 25.9.2016 at 9:56 AM, zenLara said:

Hei! You're back! Welcome!

I know the feeling, but it won't always be that way. You'll get used to new energy requirements and things at work will start to feel more in control, so authomatized, so less energy needed. You've got to go through an adaptation process and then you will be ok. It can take some time, though, but in the meantime I think you're taking the right way with more sleeping, no criticism, and taking one step at a time to recover your life. I'm sure lots of things will have changed by the end of this very challenge.

Puppies also think you can do it!

6.+Puppies+are+Running.gif

Best of luck!

I do hope this won't last forever!!! And I do hope being a bit easy on myself will speed things up. See, no pressure. Taking one step at a time to getting back to my old self of doing all the things as fast as I can... right? ;) Oh and these puppies are adorable!!!

 

On 25.9.2016 at 10:23 AM, Akari said:

I know how you feel. I was in the same situation two months ago. For me it worked to lay down half an hour while listening to music. I set an alarm clock and forced myself up to do something. It's hard but u will feel better when you see results. :)

I would never get up again. I think I'll just have to do the stuff that's left do be done right when I get back so that I can relax afterwards.

 

On 25.9.2016 at 10:58 AM, Waldgeist said:

Normal people do it by selling their souls. They're basically robots. ;) Be glad you are'nt!

Even if I were, I'd probably be like this one:

robot fail fail robot breakfast machine

Not very helpful in a work environment :D

 

On 25.9.2016 at 4:55 PM, SomeGuyFromScotland said:

Following! :)

Yay!

 

22 hours ago, Leimanu said:

It got in the way of your beautiful bullet journals? Well that's a sign right there ;)

 

I think when a new job starts, it takes a lot of your time. I love your 15 min challenges because it keeps forwat movement. I need to try that.

It did!!! But I got back on the bujo train on the weekend with a glorious "get-started-for-the-challenge" to-do list and my set up for this week. So all is right again ;)

 

 

Reporting on my first day: I'm online, so obviously I've done my m/l/t. Entertained the cats when I got home because my boyfriend says they're missing me since I'm gone all day all the time. I don't know how he can tell, but I sure don't want them to feel neglected. Poor kitties!

  Cheezburger kitten meow miau cat

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On 9/24/2016 at 7:00 PM, Briniel said:

If I decide I don't have 15 minutes for moving on any given day, that's fine, but then I' don't have time for facebook, either.

I like this!  Good luck with your challenge! :D And it's always good not to neglect the kitties!

 

 

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20 hours ago, Vibrantella said:

I like this!  Good luck with your challenge! :D And it's always good not to neglect the kitties!

Thanks! Huh, now I'm thinking that neglected kittens sounds like a great name for a band or something...

 

20 hours ago, Jonesy said:

Yay you have a challenge!

Sometimes we all need to make time for health and I like how you are doing that, love the challenge set up.  

Yay, I do! I like the setup, too, but I'm already itching to get into do-all-the-things-mode. And then burn brightly. And then burn out. And then have to respawn all over again. I shan't, I shan't, I shan't. :D

 

16 hours ago, maegs said:

Yay new challenge! I like your goals, nice and simple while you're adjusting to your new work schedule :) 

Hi there, maegs!! Slow and steady is my new life motto. My spirit animal is a tortoise or something. Or a sloth. Right now it's definitely a sloth.

 

Back from work.

Decide I want something to eat.

Realize I'd normally eat in front of the computer.

Realize I didn't finish my tidying yet.

Eat on the couch.

Prepare some desert.

Realize I'd really like to eat it in front of the computer and browse fb/NF.

Finish my tidying.

Eat my desert in front of the computer and browse fb/NF.

 

That's a win, right? :D

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Sloth reporting for duty: m/l/t all done before work (yay!). Access to computer acquired immediately upon arrival in base. No movement detected since. Memo to self: Changes to internet protocol recquired next challenge.

 

Work is going really well. I love all the stuff I learn and have started working with my own clients last week (instead of just attending my co-workers' appointments) and there's just so much to know! But because there's so many things, I feel like a total noob at times (especially since there's another employee who is new, but has more experience than I do, which is weird) and constantly switch between "this is going so great!!!" and "I have no idea what I'm doing" :D But I do love working there. I'll attend my first in-house/vocational training (not sure of the correct translation) tomorrow. Then I'll be at my old job on friday and then I'll have three whole days of free time all to myself! Monday is a national holiday around here and my inner sloth is so, SO looking forward to that :D

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quick update: last few days have been going well, I've done all my m/l/t before screen time. Took a long walk along the river today to get my moving in and get some time to think. It was really relaxing and I was rewarded with a beautiful sunset. And a chestnut. Good times.

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Lazy sunday... had a relaxed breakfast with the boyfriend, cuddled with my cat on the couch while watching chef's table (french edition, so doing something for my language skills as well), decided that I wanted to browse the web and therefore did all my m/l/t tasks before noon. Now what to do with the rest of the day!?

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Thanks for checking in, I love you guys so much, I really do. Last challenge went well, then went downhill, then went through a f-it-phase, then went uphill again. Currently trying to get solid ground under my feet and toget back at bullet journaling. Job is going well, but there's been some turbulences between co-workers (and with management?) that eat up a lot of energy (first supervision-session yesterday brought up looooots of stuff to talk about). Choir has started again which is awesome but also eats away at my time. I should be packing for choir-weekend right now (we spend the weekend at a hostel of some sort, which is always lots of fun and lots of work) but I'm so tired - I got home around 8pm today. I don't really mind the commute itself, I just don't like getting home that late. I'll try to get back here with updates more regularly. 'Try' being the key word in that sentence ;)

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