Tuesday, February 2, 2010

My Happiness Project: #1.

#1. Boost Energy: 2/1/10


Gretchen Rubin divides her book into 12 months. Each month is a different resolution. Her first month was to boost energy. The subgroups she picked to help boost her energy were: go to sleep earlier; exercise better; toss, restore, organize; tackle a nagging task; and act more energetic.

Go to sleep earlier:
This is something I have a problem with. Although I finish everything I need to do by a reasonable time each night, I find myself wanting to stay up later to do something for “me.” Whether it’s checking my Facebook or updating my blog. Or most commonly: catching up on my TV shows and spending time with B. There’s only a limited amount of time to spend with B each day. I’m at work all day; he’s usually studying in the afternoons and evenings, and by the time he’s finished, it’s my bedtime! Even though I’m secretly thinking, I could be sleeping right now, I stay up to chat and snuggle with him because it makes me happy. Sometimes, however, B will take a break from studying (only if he can) to hang out with me (even it is for only thirty minutes) then continue studying while I go to sleep. Gretchen’s tricks for getting a good night’s sleep:
“Near your bedtime, don’t do any work that requires alert thinking. Keep your bedroom slightly chilly. Do a few prebed stretches. Also—this is important—because light confuses the body’s circadian clock, keep the lights low around bedtime, say, if you go to the bathroom. Also, make sure your room is very dark when the lights are out.”
I’m going to try this! Tonight.

Exercise better:
I joined the YMCA right next door to B’s school and of course, just like every other American, I vowed to go a few times a week. I probably made it once a week—twice if I’m lucky. My excuse(s): “I’m too tired after work... I didn’t get enough sleep last night so I hit snooze and didn’t wake up early enough... I’m too hungry... I ate too much... I just don’t have the time...” Sound familiar? I need to become more self-motivated and get my butt up! Right now my motivation is: go to the gym, otherwise you’re just wasting your money! I know I’ll feel better if I at least start out by going three times a week for thirty minutes at a time. I’m determined to do it! *Note: After writing this, I actually went to the gym (after work!) and ran a mile on the treadmill (no stopping!) for the first time since I was in eighth grade. Hey, I have asthma, give me a break :)

Toss, restore, organize:
Thankfully, I don’t really have this problem. Having just moved into our rented house in July, I’ve already gone through this process and made a commitment to myself not to become cluttered. Sure, there’s one junk drawer in the kitchen that needs to be cleared out, but other than that, I’ve done really well with not holding onto things I don’t think I’ll use again (i.e., coupons to places I don’t go to, advertisements, already read magazines, etc.). One thing I absolutely loved was when Gretchen wrote: “...I started to apply the ‘one-minute rule’; I didn’t postpone any task that could be done in less than one minute.” Something that irked my mom when I was younger  to this day is that I drop my bag and shoes on the counter and floor as soon as I walk in the door. I’ve gotten better, but life would be a little easier if I just went straight to my closet and got the chore over with in one minute or less. Ta da! Done. *B's going to do this, too! Another tip is the “evening tidy-up.” Simply take ten minutes before bed to tidy-up. It’ll make the morning easier. You won’t be late for work or an appointment because you won’t be worrying about straightening up last minute.

Act more energetic:
I neeeeeed to do this! I know it works. If I feel like I’m in a funk, all I need to do is jump up, do a little Taylor-Swift-you-belong-with-me-music-video-dance and I’ve already boosted my energy. B sometimes makes me do this and it works. Try it!

What are some things you do to boost your energy? I’d love any advice. I feel like this is a major problem of mine (always has been) and I’m excited to break the habit. 


5 comments:

  1. This is a really good idea! Whenever I'm low on energy I do a dance party as well--which was a lot easier, I admit, when I lived in a house with a bunch of girls! :)

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  2. I need to start going to bed earlier too on work nights. But its just so hard! So many distractions. Let me know if your plan works.

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  3. Katie - you don't even know how excited I am to read this book :) I think it's going to make all the difference in the world.

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  4. these are fantastic goals! i have a problem with energy, but i find when i'm running regularly and eating well it pretty much takes care of itself.

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  5. You inspired me to get her book! I love this :) I hope you have a beautiful weekend love!
    xo,KA

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