October 16, 2014

Thoughts for Thursday: Honesty Edition

Linking up with Nat and Annie today for Thoughts on Thursday!

I've been having a lot of thoughts lately about my life, things I would like to accomplish, habits I would like to kick, traits I would like to embody, things I would like to start doing...

You get the idea. I figured I would write them down here since this is Thoughts for Thursday after all!
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1. I have to accept that with my new job title comes a lot of new responsibilities. I am still learning what is expected of me and figuring out this job as I go. My new job title comes with a lot of administrative responsibilities that I wasn't expecting which means I need to be at work earlier and stay later if I want to accomplish everything. This means less free time, which admittedly, has been an adjustment. I am happy in my new title but trying to accept that there are concessions that need be made and that is simply the way it is right now.  By concessions, I mean less time spent falling into the black hole that is the Interwebs. Sad face.

2. Relating back to number 1, I need to stop procrastinating. This is one of my least favorite traits about myself. I have more to do now with my job and grad school plus the usual stuff that's my responsibility like the house and for the most part, the dog so I need to stop putting things off and manage my time better. Like A LOT better. I'm not saying I'm super busy because truthfully, I'm not any busier than anyone else (and I'm really starting to hate people who continually state how busy they are) but my time management skills are so lacking that I'm rushing to get things accomplished and I hate that feeling. By the way, I'm The Cleaner, The Panicker, The List Maker, and The Perpetuator all in one. 

3. Relating back to 1 and 2, I need to go to bed later. I know that sounds counter-intuitive because someone trying to better their life usually wants to get to bed earlier but I find that I'm getting in bed early just because I think it is a good idea. However, when I get in bed, I'm not all that tired and I end up playing on my phone or watching T.V. before even attempting to fall asleep. I could be using that hour or so to complete tasks around the house such as laundry or emptying the dishwasher. I need to start getting in bed about 15-20 minutes prior to attempting to fall asleep. 

4. I need to drink more water throughout the day. I love water. I drink a lot of it when I am at home but I definitely do not drink enough during the day at work. It is very challenging to drink water during the day because I am in and out of the building, on the field, in the gym, in my health classroom, or attempting to find someone I need to talk to about something student related and my H2O never seems to make the trip with me. I need a Camelback to wear during the day, ha. Anyone have any tips on drinking more water during the day? I would love to hear from other people whose jobs aren't necessarily stationary.
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5, I need to think more positively. I have an inclination towards pessimism and it is not a good character trait. I am in total juxtaposition of my husband who always thinks positively and has little tolerance for a "woe is me" attitude. I am guilty of thinking and speaking negatively and more so of complaining. I want to stop being a complainer and start living more gratefully, which is definitely going to require a lot of work on my part. 

6. Lastly, I need to be better about keeping my word. Far too often, I make plans or promises and I don't keep them and then I feel guilty about breaking them. Terrible feeling. I stumbled upon this nonprofit, Because I Said I Would, recently and really resonated with me. It is a social movement about bettering humanity through promises made and promises kept. I want to be better about this in all areas of my life: work, friends, appointments, exercising, etc. My trouble with this definitely goes back to my lack of time management skills and procrastinating. I often have to cancel things because I have other things that must be accomplished but if I had managed my time correctly I probably wouldn't have to break plans or promises. 

Hopefully posting these thoughts will keep me accountable. Maybe I'll give periodical updates to keep myself accountable..?



  1. I am many of those procrastinators as well. Re: drinking water, I have a huge water bottle and refill it at least once for the day. I also take it to meetings with me.

  2. I am for sure the List Maker! LOL. Drinking water is sooooo important at in and some days I really fail. I'm not a soda drinker or anything, I just sometimes forget to drink at all!
    California To Carolina
    The Gym Bunny

  3. I'm the cleaner and the list maker! For some reason cleaning sounds awesome when I should be doing something else :) I'll help keep you accountable for all of these- I could use some work too!

  4. I am such a procrastinator too. Hence, reading blogs while I have a ton of work to do. Self awareness is always a good thing, good luck making these changes!

  5. I am definitely a procrastinator and it's sad how much time I probably waste everyday that I could spending getting things done. I was definitely in a funk for a while where I was super pessimistic but I literally forced myself to be optimistic (it may have involved sticky notes on mirrors) and I swear it made such a difference.


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