Ode to neighbourhood coffee shops

Today I am so grateful for my relaxing local coffee shop. It was a horrible rainy day so I struggled getting up. The darkness zapped my energy and not being able to enjoy the outdoors took away the enticement that has worked so well over the past few days.

I lazed about all morning and into the afternoon, alternately surfing the web, playing games, reading and sleeping. Mostly sleeping.

Finally at 3, I said, Enough! I knew I just had to get out of the house and do something. So I settled on studying at the coffee shop.

I was still rather slow as I went about showering, dressing and having lunch. But finally I made it out.

I’m so grateful for the coffee shop culture. Where you can bring your work and spend the day sipping lattes and getting things done. It’s warm and cozy, homey-feeling without the options of sleeping or watching tv.

Sometimes, like today, it can be hard to be productive. You run into a friend and chat. You blog. But you feel more alive and part of the community.

And there are so many others who are working on projects at the coffee shop. I get inspired by their studiousness and can settle down for my solitary work in the non-demanding company of others.

That said, I’m now being inspired to stop blogging and get to the work I came here to do.

Thank you, local coffee shop and fellow coffee drinkers. 🙂


Today: A 3/4 Failure

You could say it was a self-fulfilling prophecy. I worried that I would spend the day in bed sleeping and procrastinating because I was worried. And that’s what I did.

I slept ALL day. Yes I was tired and sleeping in was justified, but this was above and beyond. Pure avoidance. I avoided the gym, I avoided yoga, and most of all I avoided working on the yoga class I am to teach and studying for my test later in the week. What productive actions!

I am so annoyed at myself.

But though I wasted 3/4 of the day, I did turn things around for the last quarter. I got out of bed, ordered takeout and did the cleaning I’d been procrastinating on all week. It took less than an hour and was well worth it. Not having to wade through a physical mess means less mental strain as well. I still avoided my yoga, but at least I took some steps to prepare for my test. It’s a language test, so I worked a bit on my old texts, but I don’t think that will be useful. So I watched a foreign film which I think is more productive, as it is my listening and oral skills that will be tested. I basically have to immerse myself in hearing the language for the next few days.

It’s now “bedtime” but I’m not really tired. (Ironically just as I wrote that I had a big yawn!) Nevertheless I’m going to bed now so that I can hopefully get back on track tomorrow.

Things to get through my thick skull:
-Procrastinating solves nothing and generates more stress
-Break things down! If I’m overwhelmed by a task, then take on a small piece of it and go from there.
-Remember the quote: “Worry is like a rocking chair. It gives you something to do, but it doesn’t get you anywhere.”
-What would make me feel good: knowing I put forward an honest effort in reaching my goals.

Sleepiness Strikes Again

Today I woke up around 7:30 am but I was still super tired. It was insanely cold (crazy cold? Hmm, are these adjectives I should use?) this morning, -30C, but extremely sunny. The sun was so bright that it called me out of bed for a morning yoga class. I could have used my sunglasses on the way!

But despite starting the day out with exercise, I was just so tired. By noon I needed a nap. At least it was shorter than yesterday’s nap. Less than two hours. I guess I’ll have to progressively shorten them… Tonight I’m skipping the melatonin. That may be contributing to the drowsiness.

Good things today:

  • I was very productive
  • I finished 11/12 tasks
  • I seem to be developing the study habits I needed in university

Bad things:

  • I didn’t do the most important thing – submit more job applications.

1 – Get out of bed: check. Out by 9 am.

2 – Go outside: check. Went out to yoga in the morning and in the afternoon I went out again to run errands.

3 – Exercise: check. 90 minute yoga class.

4 – Job: no. As far as I got was sorting all my papers. Felt too tired to concentrate. Which, come to think of it, was the destructive pattern I followed throughout university….

5 – Clean: check. Laundry, dusting, tidying.

6 – Finance: check. Banking and paid bill.

7 – Veggies: check. I’m just about to have a salad.

8 – Meditate: check. Portion of my yoga class.

9 – Yoga homework: check. Read for an hour and also watched some videos. My study habits are so much better for this than throughout my years in school.

10 – Socialize: A bit light here, but I read all the replies to emails I sent out earlier this week and chatted online with a fellow yoga student.

11 – Avoidance list: check. Finalized my cable changes. Filed the many papers I had scattered about the living room. Dusted. Bought groceries.

12 – Something nice: watched TV. Listened to music while sorting papers.

Here’s to hoping tomorrow brings alertness!