Low-key big living

Author: Ellie

Tue Review: 9 August 2016

We’re doing really well with our daily exercise, but I am highly susceptible to “DOMS” – delayed onset muscular soreness. The next day after strength training, I’m fine. The 2-3 days after that, I’m wobbling on stairs like I’m walking a tightrope. Adding that to […]

Tue Review: 2 August 2016

We’re doing really well with our daily exercise, but I am highly susceptible to “DOMS” – delayed onset muscular soreness. The next day after strength training, I’m fine. The 2-3 days after that, I’m wobbling on stairs like I’m walking a tightrope. Adding that to […]

Tue Review: 26 July 2016

My Tue Review is being written on Thursday because I am simply not on top of things right now. I’m settled into the new job to an extent, but I’m not 100% confident in my ability to pull it all off. We’re looking for a cheap, late getaway in August, finalising a party for September and planning a family visit to India in January. Plus, we’ve started a new fitness regime. I love having a lot on the gom but the duration of this much craziness is a bit draining.

Goal Check!
Brain Goal: I will read 5 books by Christmas.
Action: Literally nothing. Prioritisation issue on my part.

Body Goal: I will exercise for 30 minutes every day, outside when the weather permits.
Action: This we are definitely doing. My thighs are killing me! But we’ve varied the workouts from day to day, so we should be able to maintain it.

Soul Goal: I will create a post for each of the new places I’ve visited this year.
Action: Again, literally nothing and a prioritisation issue on my part. I’d love to do this on Sunday, just spend the whole day relaxing and writing. I feel like my brain needs a good cleanse!

THINK… or just be an introvert, it’s easier

THINK… or just be an introvert, it’s easier

Hubby sometimes thinks out loud and thinks it’s a conversation. This week it was about exercising. The “conversation” started as “let’s join a gym” and ended with “gyms don’t work for me”. I wasn’t actually in that conversation at all! I know that he will […]

Tue Review: 19 July 2016

I’m very glad I wrote my post on procrastination, I’m now trying a mix of tips to keep me on track. I’ve got an app tracking my time writing and to keep together a list of everything I want to get done. Goal Check! Brain Goal: […]

Procrastination Obliteration

Procrastination Obliteration

I don’t understand myself sometimes. For example, I’m currently feeling enthused and motivated to throw myself into my new job. At the same time, I’m also feeling overwhelmed to the point of paralysis. I have work in front of me that makes me feel excited, but I’m not doing it. Why?

The reasons why people procrastinate
  • Poor time management – you’re just not aware of how much time you have in relation to what you’re wanting to do
  • Boredom or disinterest – avoiding doing the unpleasant
  • Being lost or feeling overwhelmed, not knowing where to start
  • Negative brain images – perfectionism, fear of success/failure, negative and “all-or-nothing” thinking
  • Lack of experience in the subject, or lack of experience in managing oneself

There are techniques of combating procrastination, but I even delay treating my procrastination because it has such a good side effect.

I get so much other stuff done!!

During the time in which I should have been reading a policy document and creating a flowchart to match, I finished two blog posts, sent out quote requests to a bunch of party DJs, read the news headlines, took a brisk walk in the sunshine and booked myself in for a lunch date with a friend. I did all those tasks quickly and vigourously. However, now I feel like a nap, it’s been an hour and I still haven’t read the damn policy.

Ideas for procrastination obliteration

Any other recommendations? Add yours to the comments.

Cover image from Pixabay. It has awesome cat pics.

Stirling in your soul

Stirling in your soul

Sometimes it’s possible to see your favourite moments lived by someone else. We were in Stirling, Scotland, for the day and it was wet. Not torrentially so, but enough that our new tartan umbrellas were getting a light wash. It was a day trip from […]

Tue Review: 12 July 2016

  Still loving the new job! I have to admit, though, that I’m beginning to feel the pressure. It’s not coming from anyone other than me. I’m just determined to do a really good job and I’m impatient to have something amazing to show! Goal […]

Tue Review 5 July 2016

Week two of my new job. The introductions have taken place and now it’s time to start to looking as though I know what I’m doing. I do know what I’m doing – in theory – but now I need to actually do it.

It’s a little intimidating. I actually noticed last week that I’d used the word “intimidating” a lot, so I guess that’s how I’m feeling.  But I’m really loving it and still feeling extremely motivated and excited to really see how well I pull together my experiences (those I’ve done myself and those I’ve observed) to be able to do this job and do it well.

Goal Check!

Brain Goal: I will read 5 books by Christmas.
Action: I will start reading my Scottish folktales book.

Body Goal: I will exercise for 30 minutes every day, outside when the weather permits.
Action: Well, after much drama last week in commuting to my new office, I think exercise may finally become built in my daily processes instead of me having to book it in. I may also score a new toy I’ve been dreaming of for years – and adult scooter!

Soul Goal: I will create a post for each of the new places I’ve visited this year.
Action: It’s one of the primary purposes of having a blog and I know I need to fit writing into my daily routine as well. Lately, I’ve been losing motivation quickly when it comes to my writing  but I’m pretty sure that’s just because I’m being overly critical of my work. I was a good writer, now I’m rusty. I know all I need to do is keep writing and the natural flow will come back to me. The plan is to write before work. I arrive to the office very early, so I can write away for a good 20-30 minutes. Well, that’s the plan  🙂

More green, less screen in Glendevon

More green, less screen in Glendevon

The sound of rain was a blessing. We’ve all stated “I love the sound of rain” at some point, but in Glendevon it has an especially sweet tone. As with any expedition in the UK the weather was a gamble, but we were in Scotland […]