Thursday, March 29, 2012
Today is a little low --- I've been at the computer too much, not getting work done, feeling easily distracted. I also ate a little too much early in the day (protein bars and nuts are my downfall -- they're so delicious!), so need to focus on drinking plenty of water, getting outside for a run or long walk, and some strength training. I get easily distracted online, and this makes me feel directionless sometimes, which isn't good for my mood and stress levels, much less my productivity. Getting stuff done and crossing important things off of my to-do list is a huge confidence and self-estime booster, and makes me feel great about taking a break to get out and exercise, which I love. When I waste time, it feels like I haven't earned a break. I've found that I'm more likely to miss my workout and snack more on the days when I don't feel mentally focused and personally directed. It's amazing how all these things fit together and interconnect!
My plan for the rest of the day:
1) GET UP from the desk and close the laptop
2) GET OUT: lace up my running shoes and head out for a workout in the sunshine. I plan to run and then do some body-weight exercises like burbees, mountain climbers, pushups and squats and lunges. I might stop into the gym for a cardio machine workout as well, but it's so beautiful outside a jog or powerwalk would be a lot more refreshing.
3) CLEAN UP: shower, find a new working location.
4) BACK TO WORK with reasonable goals: start the grant application, finish a rough draft of the project proposal, buy airline tickets for the summer research.
5) STAY CLEAN: plan for something healthy and fresh for lunch and dinner, like soup and big salads.
6) FORGIVE and MOVE ON! I'm happy to have written this blog entry and confirmed my next steps for boosting my spirits and refocusing -- it's never to late to save the day!
What are your strategies for pulling a day back on track when you feel low or lack focus? Let's share ideas for redirecting!