Sustainability, Sleep and Habits

Some quick reflections before bed, after some thinking and conversations with friends/family.
Sleep is essential to mental and physical health and enjoyment of life. I need to get to bed earlier – in general, I’m going to try to get into bed by 10 – so that I am rested, happy and productive.

This means maybe a bit more focus at work so I can claim a bit of my lunch break to do some of the things I do at night (blog, course work, etc.).

If I want my well-being to be sustainable, I need to be rested and balanced.

I’m a bit of an extremist. Is this good or bad? Useful sometimes, not others? I’m thinking about it.

I do know that sustainable personal thinking s not my strength. I tend to have the “push through, get it done and all will be great on teh other side” thinking. Organize the house once, it’s done, you’re organized and can relax and enjoy the rest of life. Reality is, virtually everything is a process AND a cycle: I will keep evolving, and the work will keep cycling through. So rushing to do it faster, in fact, may simply move the wheel at a more frantic pace. Slow down, breathe, consider what needs doing, enjoy the moment, and above all, prioritize the essentials above the important and nice. And by essentials, I mean breathing; meditating; bonding; being; baby time; family time; unitasking. By important/nice I mean a perfectly clean house, a completely completed to do list, completely home-made meals, and everything according to plan.

I don’t want to be rigid. I do feel that systematically creating healthy habits is the key to a sustainable lifestyle. I’d like to have habits of productivity, but also of health: stopping to breathe; taking time for connections; focusing on people. I wonder what those would look like in real time.

And now, it’s nearly 10 so I’m going to finish. Wishing you all a good night’s sleep, refreshing dreams, and a beautiful start to tomorrow.

Half-way there

Today marks the start of the second half of this blogging project. In other words: I have just blogged daily for 6 months* and plan to continue until summer. EEEK!
I started the project somewhat impulsively. I had a sudden idea that inspired me, I planned it out, got super excited, then gave up (too hard, been done before, how on earth would I manage to WRITE DAILY??). And then a week or so later, inspired by a Facebook post describing how the likelihood of achievement was inversely proportional to the amount of time spent talking about the project (Oh, the benefits and joys of FB! And thanks to AM for the post. And in this world of technology, fascinating to see the serendipitous interconnections that move each of us forward on our paths), I simply began. Sat down, opened a new blog, and started writing. Did it. And persisted, day after day.

Mainly, I’m fascinated by how instantaneously something became a habit and commitment. I might miss other obligations, or put off starting other amazing and important projects, but I was blogging daily and I wasn’t going to stop. Maybe I really needed an outlet. Maybe I craved the creativity of the written word.

Regardless, I’m looking forward to the next 6 months. I think they hold a lot of change, growth and creativity and I’m curious to watch them unfold.

And for now: TGIT (Thursday, oh how I love my 4-day work-weeks!). I managed to wrap up a lot of work this week after all, but still have lots more to focus on in the next few.

*Okay, there was the one day when, exhausted, I composed a one-line post and asked my husband to put it up for me (he couldn’t logon – didn’t work – so 6 months minus one day?? Though I did COMPOSE a post …). And a few days of WordPress login difficulties. But even those days, I wrote posts and simply put them online later. So basically, I have written/composed daily for 6 months.