2015 – learning to follow a routine

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I decided to recenter in 2015.  I have been putting a lot of focus onto my monthly projects, which has been fun, but it’s been taking time away from a lot of the things I really care about.  It was important for me last year to expand and not feel like I was only thinking about work all the time. Now I feel I need to focus on creating and maintaining a better routine before I continue to branch out in my free time.  I also feel like I a lot of my projects were for naught – I wasn’t able to add it into my daily life in anyway.

I’ve also really started to examine the simple truth that I can not learn everything and I need to let go of that impulse.

In December I created a daily schedule.  I have been tweaking it for the last several weeks and I will probably have to continue to tweak it over time.  I really do overestimate the amount I can do in a day, but underestimate what I can accomplish in a month or more.  I think the hardest part so far for me it slowing down my expectations and just committing to the knowledge that it’s a long process.

My focuses are: stretching, training, more time spent on the business side of work, and improving my spoken french.  I also have a couple minor focuses that I want to do everyday, but are more mindless: recording my business expenses daily and doing my rehab exercises.

To spend more time on these areas means creating habits for them in my everyday routine. It also means working on my largest undoing- procrastination by research.  I get fearful when I don’t see instant progress, which feed into my need to research, to find the perfect training method before beginning. I need to break that cycle. I am beginning to really realize that beginning is more important than perfection.

Area #1: Stretching

When I say stretching, most people probably think of this:

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However, I am definitely thinking more like this:

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I have an on-again, off-again relationship with stretching, but I’m in for the long haul… for a year.  I want to truly see what stretching 3-5 times a week for a year will change.  I’ve had high expectations for a long time, always telling myself “if I only trained a little harder”.  However, I might have to face the reality that I will never been as flexible as I want.  Before I can tell anything though I need to test it.  So here’s my goal:  I will aim to stretch 5 days a week, with 3 as an absolute minimum.

So, in the spirit of beginnings, here is a video of my starting off point for consistent stretching:

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