Relearning My Good Habits

Getting back on the horse after a lapse.

Photo by Nubelson Fernandes on Unsplash

I’m not proud to admit how far behind I’ve fallen in the last few months. What started as a couple of week lapse while I got used to my new hours at my job has turned into multiple months.

My morning routine… isn’t anymore. Scheduled workouts? What are those? Goals? Fallen by the wayside.

The only thing that hasn’t backtracked too far is my weight and I’m not sure how I’ve managed to not pack on pounds because I’ve been eating like garbage.

Instead of putting an immense amount of pressure on myself and beating myself up, I’ve had to adjust my expectations of what I can and cannot accomplish (or want to in my spare time). While I’m sticking to wanting to do my regular morning routine because everything in there is something I want to accomplish, I’m not going to fuss at myself too hard if it takes me all day to get around to everything on there.

Besides my morning routine and time sensitive commitments like appointments and work, I’ve decided not to plan what my day looks like. I make out a weekly to do list and knock off things as my energy dictates. Am I feeling sluggish? Then I do one or two low energy things. Super full of energy? Let’s knock off as much as possible.

And it’s working for this phase in my life. My job is super physical and in the evenings so I don’t force myself to put in a workout if I’m not feeling it, but that means I can get things done before I head out and free up my days off to sleep in if I need the extra lazy time.

Not everything on my list can or should get accomplished every week. I might be waiting for someone else to finish something so I can move forward with a task or I just brain dump every task as it comes through my mind (when was the last time I went though the file folders and purged unnecessary papers?). If I complete over half my tasks, I call that a good week. The next week, all of my unfinished tasks roll over so I can look at them with fresh eyes.

I’ve come to realize that I need to work with my energy and not against myself to become the person I want to be. What changes are you making to move yourself forward?

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Dawn is a freelance writer, gamer girl, aspiring author, and former manager of a game/ comic store. She can be found lurking on Twitter @theDawnDalton.

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Dawn Dalton

Dawn Dalton

Dawn is a freelance writer, gamer girl, aspiring author, and former manager of a game/ comic store. She can be found lurking on Twitter @theDawnDalton.