I have been trying to write this blog post for a month.

One of my challenges was to write a blog post every month. I fully intended to do this, which is why I went to my computer in the last week of February every day with the aim of writing a post. I then got distracted, or I couldn’t decide what to write about. For the past month, I’ve been coming up with ideas whilst falling asleep, in the shower or driving to work. They never made their way onto a piece of paper or a computer screen. I find this with a lot of things that I don’t deem as ‘necessary’.

However, I now wonder what I deem necessary. Doing laundry – yes. Making dinner – yes. Doing a little bit of extra work at home on the weekend to keep on top of things – sadly, this seems to come up as a yes a lot too. But many of the things I enjoy get pushed aside because they’re not productive enough. I’ve made barely any progress with the sketchbook (a couple pages), and I haven’t done any swatches for the knitting (though I am knitting a cowl for a colleague in a new stitch – the honeycomb).

Which is why my goal for the Immunity to Change course is to learn how to relax. If there’s anything important to you that you’d like to change about yourself (such as learning how to not procrastinate…), feel free to try out this little experiment with me.

I’m now going to go and be frivolous (i.e. play a computer game with my boyfriend). I don’t do this enough!

52 Week Challenge – Week 1 Update

I’ve started Week 1 of the 52 Week Challenge trying to simultaneously not procrastinate and not get too overwhelmed.

I’ve already started on my goal of losing weight (Health #1) by tracking every single thing I eat, starting yesterday (Health #15). I’m also trying to limit my calorie intake to about 1,200 calories. I ate a total of 1,231 yesterday, and I’m at 657 so far today, with dinner left to go. It’s pretty difficult, as I’m almost always hungry. I’m using MyFitnessPal to track this, as it’s got a nifty barcode scanner and a pretty decent UK foods database. I also made a point to drink a big glass of water with a touch of squash this morning. So far so good!

To help with my health goals (and Personal Development #3), there’s a Coursera course titled ‘Nutrition, Health and Lifestyle: Issues and Insights‘. Maybe worth a look at?

I’ve also stumbled across a Coursera course on meditation – ‘Buddhist Meditation and the Modern World‘. If I complete this 6-week course, not only will I also be addressing my online course quota, but I’ll be learning evidence-based meditation, thus leading to more effective (hopefully) meditation. This will help with Health #5 (meditating every day for two weeks).

Finally, a big shout-out to Lady Kell and everyone else taking on the 52 in 52 Challenge. There even seems to be an image for it now!


To Do: 52 things in 52 weeks

I sit too much. So do you, probably.

Don’t worry, I’m not going to go on and on about this topic. So many other people have already done just that. What I am going to say is that I spend too much of my day sitting. It’s just too easy to do just that, especially in the UK, where the weather generally isn’t very supportive of your spontaneous desires to go outside. (It’s cloudy and windy outside now, right when I want to play some badminton in the garden.) And now I’ve stumbled upon a rather terrifying infographic about the consequences of sitting. Some of its statistics seem a bit exaggerated, but even if they are, it might be necessary to scare us out of our seats. Take a look! read more »