I love setting goals for myself.
When you’re juggling work, uni, blogging and more, you can’t survive without a to-do list for every single day. But on top of that, I usually write weekly goals in a separate notebook.
Things don’t always work out the way I want it to, as every week has its unique ups and downs. It’s kind of a given that it will never go completely as planned.
So this post is a peek into the past week in my life: how I wanted it to go and how it really went.
I wrote down my goals a week ago on Sunday, which is when I usually plan ahead. I did my workout plan and chose three things to focus on: go to bed by 10 pm every night, to drink a cup of green tea every day and to meditate daily for 15 minutes.
1. GO TO BED BY 10 PM
I struggle with sleep, and especially in busy times, I just never seem to get enough of it.
Sleep is the number one thing for being productive and happy, which is why I’ve made it an absolute priority in the past few months. This week I decided to try what it’s like to go to bed super early, turning the lights off at 10 pm.
2. GREEN TEA
It’s getting dark here in Finland. This time of year the Earth spins around the Sun on the wrong axis, so that our little corner of the globe is turned away from the light.
Lately, I’ve noticed that the amount of coffee I’m consuming is a bit too much. That’s why I wanted to make sure to drink a cup of green tea every single day. Me drinking more tea -> me drinking less coffee. Oh, and green tea is also one of the healthiest elixirs you can pour down your throat.
3. 15 MINUTE MEDITATION
For some reason, I’ve been struggling with meditation lately – I don’t want to do it, and when I try, it’s so hard to focus. It’s like my brain has forgotten how to do it.
This week I wanted to get back into meditating every day, and doing more than my usual 10 minutes. Adding an extra 5 minutes seemed challenging enough, but doable.
MY WORKOUT PLAN
Since I had been working out a lot during the weekend, I decided that Monday would be a rest day, with some stretching. Then, on Tuesday I wanted to go for a run.
I don’t really consider myself a runner, since I’ve never been that serious about it. But it’s something I like to do from time to time. Since it’s about to get really cold, I figured I might not have many opportunities left to do it this year, except on a treadmill.
On Wednesday I decided to do a 30-minute workout at home and then chill on Thursday. On Friday, I wanted to play some tennis and then do the last workout of the week on Saturday.
All in all, this is a pretty typical weekly workout plan for me.
So here we go, this is how my week went:
A WEEK IN MY LIFE, WEEK 43
(Can you believe there are less than 10 weeks left of 2017?)
I’m still feeling super tired after a weekend in Stockholm because I never sleep well when I’m traveling, especially in those awful cruise cabins. I feel excited at the prospect of going to bed by 10 pm tonight.
It’s the start of the second half of the fall semester at uni, with new courses. This makes me feel inspired.
I’m focused on getting work done today, and there is plenty to do. I have a lot of errands to run in the city. In the afternoon I try to meditate, but I’m so tired that I literally start nodding off as soon as I close my eyes. Oh well.
At 7 pm I have a late meeting and then I hurry home. It has been a very productive day so I reward myself by leaving dishes for tomorrow.
The next day I start feeling a bit overwhelmed by the number of courses I have taken. Even though I went to bed just after 10 I didn’t really sleep that well, probably because my body was still used to a different rhythm.
After another productive day, I go for a run in the evening. I’m a bit worried about the fact that it’s only 3 degrees Celsius, but when I go outside it doesn’t feel that bad.
It’s not my best run ever, maybe because I’m tired, but I’m proud of myself. Every time I manage a 45-minute run is definitely a victory in itself.
Finally, I wake up after a good night’s sleep. Now I’m ready to take on all the challenges that the rest of 2017 has in store. I do some planning for how I’m going to manage all of my coursework, and I also get my meditation done for 15 minutes. I feel good.
I start to feel really sleepy by 8.30, so I decide to leave my workout until tomorrow.
Once again, even though I went to bed early, I don’t sleep well. I have nightmares because I’m stressed.
I read an article about how meditation is one of the most effective ways to keep our nerve cells young. Wow, I really need to make more of an effort with this.
The last thing I do is a workout video for 30 minutes. After a long day of work, it feels so good to focus on nothing else but my workout, and then to go to bed.
I slept well, but I’m not feeling my best today. Sometimes I have anxiety, and it usually happens towards the end of the week (for whatever reason). So this ends up being one of the least productive days.
Honestly, the only thing that seems to be helping with my anxiety lately is reminding myself that I’m my own best friend. That’s what gets me out of the spiral of self-doubt.
I play one hour of tennis, meditate for 5 minutes and go to bed right after 10.
I wake up at 9.30. Woah. I often sleep without an alarm, especially on the weekends, and I’m shocked to have slept so late. I think it might have had something to do with the fact that I’ve been mentally exhausted this week.
I skip my workout, but I’m busy running around all day.
In the evening I attend a Halloween party. It’s a lot of fun and I meet a lot of interesting people from different countries. I get home around 1 am.
The majority of Sunday is spent in bed. I can tell I’m getting older and it’s not as easy to just bounce back the morning after.
The most productive thing I do all day is going to get groceries, doing the dishes and organizing my papers.
So now it’s Monday again,
and I’m looking forward to this week. Last week had some big ups and downs, but overall I got a lot of stuff done, and learned new things.
There is something to be taken away from every single week. It’s always a process where I’m constantly trying to tweak my mind and body into the best version of myself that I can possibly be.