I want to say I’m getting used to work, but I think I’m getting more exhausted with each passing day. Thank goodness for labor day!
I’m trying to keep myself sane this year and I’ve adopted a few new practices to help. Back when I started my school psych internship, I actually made this list of ways to improve the work day. It’s an ever-evolving list, but the little things really do help:
- Last year, I got in the habit of hiding out in my office in an attempt to knock out a lot of work, but it seemed to make me feel more tired and weird at the end of the day when I just sat there (sometimes I wonder about those florescent lights). I’ve found that I’m even more productive when I take little breaks though, so I’ve been trying to take walks around the school building, even if it means accomplishing less in the moment.
- I’m really bad about drinking water (and this was actually my doctor’s idea), so I got this groovy pitcher on sale at Target to make fruit water. I just cut up a lime (also tried strawberries) and put them in the canister and it makes the water sooooo much more enjoyable without having to buy so much seltzer (although I def. still bought a case for work!)
- Workouts. I’ll always struggle to have good workouts during the work week. In the morning there’s not enough time to do much without making a significant dent on sleep or being grossed out by a public shower and I’m exhausted most evenings. I used to be so focused on the quantity of work-outs (i.e. don’t skip too many days), but I’m trying to focus more on the quality of gym time. Last year, I got up every morning and went to the gym, but most of the time it was just a wimpy-zombie 30 minutes on the elliptical and really didn’t do much for my fitness. So, if I only get in a few great workouts during the week, I’d say that’s much better than 5 terrible ones!
- I’ve given myself permission to wear a ‘wet pony’ most days. Drying my long hair is just too much work and time every morning, and I’m not one who can go without a shampoo. It def doesn’t look as nice, but I can’t cut my hair until after the wedding, so it will have to do!
- Coffee: I’m back on it after a 2 year break, 40% because I love the taste, and 60% because I don’t think I’ll get through this year without caffeine every morning. I’ve been making a batch using the french press at night and drinking it iced in the morning to save time.
- Lastly, I’ve become more conscious about my couch time. I’ve finally figured myself out and know that once I sit down after coming home from work, it’s all over. So I try to pack my lunch and do a few things before sitting down. Not only do I then enjoy the relaxation time more, but I don’t get too tired to work on my to-do list.
Ok, that was a lot longer than I had planned! What do you guys do to stay sane?