On Doing Things Differently…

It’s easy to get bogged down in the day-to-day, doing the same things over and over again is easy, really easy.

Over the last year and a half, I feel like I’ve really fallen into what’s easy. That is, I’ve allowed myself to fall into patterns that aren’t great, that don’t add much, if anything, to my day-to-day. And I’ve noticed that it’s a problem—it’s definitely impacted my mental health.

I don’t have any answers but I do have some ideas.

My day to day consists of the following:

  • Wake-up around 7ish am
  • Lay in bed for 30ish minutes—probably looking at phone
  • 8ish am get out of bed, shower and do the grooming and putting on of pants (maybe).
  • 9ish am get in car and drive to office
  • Work and take calls until noon-ish and eat.
  • Finish up day around 5ish pm.
  • Go for a run at 6p (on Monday and Wednesday) — or go see trainer at 4:30p (on Tuesday and Friday)
  • Go home throw together a hasty meal, more of a snack than a meal.
  • Watch TV for an hour or so.
  • Look at phone or some other screen (laptop)
  • Go to bed around midnight…

The above routine is fairly consistent but doesn’t account for random meetups with friends or other commitments that pop-up.

I’m kinda bored with things. Work is the same grind over and over. Running isn’t providing the release or relaxation it normally does but it’s important that I stay active, I notice a difference in how I feel when I’m inactive.

Shit, even the internet is boring me; it’s not that it’s not interesting but I feel like I visit the same sites over and over again. I’ve taken to browsing the deep/dark web, to find things of interest, that are different. I regret looking up some of the things I’ve looked up… But that’s neither here nor there, it’s just part of the problem.

What do I do? I’ve thought about it and I’ve made a couple of small changes. One of which is to stop looking at my phone so much. The past week I’ve avoided picking up my phone before 8 am. I’ve taken to reading thirty-minutes in the morning and trying to do a couple of things differently.

I’m currently reading Atomic Habits, by James Clear—awesome read thus far and the impetus for this blog post.

Changes I’m working on for my day-to-day:

  • Don’t look at the phone before 8 am
  • Try to wake up consistently at 6:30 am
  • Read thirty-minutes in the morning
  • Prepare a proper sit-down breakfast
  • Call one friend or family member each day

Other things I’m eye-balling to add to my routine:

  • Setting a couple of goals and lining up tasks to achieve those goals.
  • Identifying something interesting to try that’s different. I started attending improve in late 2017 but I’ve been inconsistent with it (it conflicts with running)
  • Looking at stand-up comedy
  • Writing more or writing a few times a week (if not daily)
  • Picking a couple of places I want to visit each year.

Nothing changes if you don’t try to make a change. Changes need not be drastic and they need not always succeed, what’s important is to actually try a thing.

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