I don’t know if it’ll come as a huge surprise, but I am a procrastinator. It’s also known as being a perfectionist. When I took Ruth Soukup’s Fear Assessment, my top three archetypes were 1) People Pleaser, 2) Procrastinator, and 3) Rule Follower. Out of those three the last two I knew about, but the first one makes sense when I think about it. Nevertheless, procrastination has been a part of my life for what seems like forever.
Last month (April 2019) I started a Couch-to-5K program (C25K), intending to prove to myself that despite my historic hate for running, I can actually do it and not die.
I’m pleased to report that, five-and-two-thirds weeks through, I have not died. In general, I’ve exceeded even my own expectations about running. By far the biggest factor in this exercise (pun intended) that has made the difference is a good sports bra.
Imagine. You’ve spent the last two years carefully planning, envisioning, and executing on the perfect 3-week winter vacation in Italy over Christmas, and you can hardly believe that it’s going to cost you practically nothing.
You’ll stay in world-class hotels with antique furniture in the rooms (that you’re not allowed to sit on), priceless artwork and balcony views of Venetian waterways. The regular price to stay in a place like that runs up over $50,000—more than many Americans make in a given year.
But for you?
Zip. Zero. Zilch.
Sound like your kind of vacation?
Kids are mean. Adults can be meaner. We all probably had to deal with bullies while growing up. I did. My bullies wore faces of silent exclusion and judgment on the school playground, in the gym during PE, and in math class when I raised my hand to answer most of the questions. My bullies were family members. They were girls I thought were my friends in elementary and high school. Boys who called me “freak” when lined up for a fire drill on the soccer field.
Ignoring bullies carries a high price, especially among the younger demographic. When I was much younger my parents enrolled my sister and me in karate, but neither of us stayed with it for long.
I wish I had. I wish my parents had put us through jiu-jitsu and encouraged us to keep with it regardless of the rollercoaster of emotion that accompanies childhood.
But martial arts, regardless of how cool they are, are not the only way to protect yourself against bullies.
A lot of it comes down to emotional protection, boundaries, knowing when to walk away, and knowing when to get help.
I’m always interested in learning about the routines other people practice. When do they do their best work? On what things do they focus on any given day? Are there better times during the day, week, or month to do things? I like learning about this because it gives me the opportunity to try something new and determine if it fits better with my schedule than before. So, I thought I’d share my daily and weekly routines with you in case you’re looking for the same kind of inspiration!