This time last year, I wrote about a typical day for me. It’s really a case of same-same but different this year. A combination of factors (starting work a whole hour later some weeks, the boys being older, the bicycle!) have made small yet significant differences to my life.
Reading back through that blog post, I can see some things that have slipped and that I really should reinstate – mindfulness meditation is a key one. That has fallen totally by the wayside, I’m afraid. This is so silly because it only takes ten minutes and really can make a big difference to my day.
It is also interesting to read that O was starting to come out of bed even then, a year ago. He stopped for a while but now he comes out to us up to 9-10 times an evening. Our current strategy is to say that if he comes out again, one of us will have to come and lie in bed with him. And he is a boy who likes his personal space, so that usually does the trick. And if not, then one of us does go and lie down with him, until he says that we can go and that he won’t come back out of bed. I’m not sure how long this solution will last, but for now it works.
According to this article about how to get the most efficiency out of your day, I am doing some things right:
- A consistent wake-up time – I use the Azumio Sleep Time app to wake in a lighter sleep cycle but around the same half hour period each work day.
- Not drinking coffee first thing in the morning – I have a cup of peppermint tea when I first arrive at work and my first coffee around 9am.
- A mid-afternoon coffee – and I try not to drink more than three coffees a day.
- Evening exercising – I can really only exercise immediately after work and before I collect the boys or in the evenings anyway, and as the immediately after work option rarely appeals, most of my exercising takes place in the evening.
As I said, some things have changed with my typical day. The main ones are that some weeks I now work a shift that starts at 7am instead of 6am and that I now pick the boys up at 3.20pm each afternoon, giving me a little more time beforehand to run errands, do the food shopping (without two small boys – bliss) and, unfortunately, work later if necessary.
This article is really interesting though and has helped me to find areas where I can improve – because having two small children means your life needs to revolve about being as efficient as possible if you are to get anywhere vaguely on time.
- Getting more sleep – the article suggests seven to nine hours a night and I typically get seven hours as a maximum, which cannot be doing me much good.
- Start mindfulness meditation again – not specifically mentioned but a good idea, I think.
- Getting away from my desk more often, especially at lunch – I used to set an alarm for every 30 minutes, reminding me to stand up, move around, shake my legs out, and I need to start doing that again.
- Brushing my teeth mid-afternoon – what a great idea!
Right, there are good things to work on there. Let’s see if I can stick to them.
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