My goals for March were to go to bed at 11:00 instead of 11:30 every night and to continue my goal from February of reading a bit every day. There’s not a ton to say here because it wasn’t overly successful or enlightening.
I said all bets were off on an earlier bedtime for writing nights, and that was most definitely the case. However, with two posts a week and another evening for chorus rehearsal where I unfortunately don’t tend to get home much before 11, it was hard to build a habit with only four of seven days per week. I’ll keep trying to go to bed earlier on nights that I can.
I did only finish one book in March, but I’m partway through a few more so I’ll be able to add more to my completed list soon.
On to April!
I’ve got two things I want to do this month: targeted decluttering of specific areas (four of them, so I can do one a week) and actually getting out of bed on time in the morning.
I’ve got a fantastic desk that’s large enough to both use as a desk and also house the
clutter knick-knacks I like keeping around my room (if you’ll remember, I’m a six-year-old who likes fun colors of things). I’ve also been writing blog posts while sitting in my armchair in my living room. Why, you ask?
No matter how many times I clean off my desk, I’m up against the law of nature that says any empty space must immediately attract clutter (yes, I know this means I’ve got too much shit). And since it is a large desk, that’s quite a bit of surface area just calling out for various papers and things to be placed thereupon.
The goal? Not only clean off my desk but to keep it clean so that it becomes my new default working space. My armchair is super comfy, but it’s pretty horrible for my posture to be sitting there for hours at a time typing away on my laptop. Curling up there to read since it’s the best place in the apartment for that is most definitely still fair game though!
My bookshelf has been a constant source of tension since I moved to this apartment because I
have too many books need a larger bookshelf for my books. In the meantime I’ll just continue to double-stack them, but it’s definitely an imperfect solution.
I was just recently forced to go through all of my books: last time my mother was in town, she brought up a box of books of mine that had been missing since I moved out of my dorm room before studying abroad my sophomore year of college. My parents recently cleaned out their downstairs and in the process somehow unearthed this box from wherever it had been hiding. I gave it up as missing for good a number of years ago, and considering I only had my favorites with me at college (also lol I thought I’d have tons of time for reading for fun), I went ahead and replaced those books with used ones.
So in going through the box I had to decide which copy I’d keep of the books I now had duplicates of; in some cases the used replacement copy I’d bought was in better shape than books I’d had since middle and high school. Especially since I tend to reread some of them every year, my favorite books get a lot of love! I also had to decide if I wanted to keep the books in that box that I’d forgotten about and did not replace, if I wanted to keep any of my textbooks (art history, yes. Most of anything else, no), and which books already on my shelf I was going to let go of to make space for my newly-rediscovered books. After much consternation, I’m happy to say this was the result:
My bookshelf is looking gorgeous these days (although all of those library books still continue to stress me out. Must read more!), but I use the top of it for my jewelry, hairpins, and personal care products. Care to guess how that looks?
Yeah, that’s on the list of areas to declutter and organize.
4. Nightstand and set of drawers
Two more surfaces that I periodically clean off but don’t seem to be able to keep clear for too long. Ideally I’ll eventually get rid of that little plastic set of drawers, which is a holdover from my college days, which means I’ll actually have to do something with the things there instead of moving them from one place to another.
My second goal for the month is to actually get up when my alarm goes off. Well, my second alarm, anyway.
I’ve fallen into a horrible habit of grabbing my phone first thing and scrolling through social media and email for ridiculous amounts of time (or just snoozing my alarm for a few cycles). By the time I actually get out of bed, I have to rush around getting ready, eating breakfast, and making sure I take my lunch with me. I’m already a fast walker, but I have to pick up the pace to make up for some lost time.
There’s no reason for this. There are some mornings where I legitimately don’t remember either snoozing or turning off my alarm, so when I do wake up 20 or so minutes later out of a dead sleep I am forced to rush around to get to work more or less on time. But despite my constant tiredness, those mornings are fairly rare. Most mornings I’m awake by the time my second alarm goes off but still have to rush because I just couldn’t be bothered to get out of bed. 🤷♀️
I’m not harboring fantasies that getting out of bed with my alarm will lead to me being able to leisurely eat breakfast, linger over a mug of coffee, and possibly fit in some meditation or a quick workout in my room before I leave to go to work. My alarms were purposely chosen to go off at a time that gives me enough time to get ready in the morning without running around, but that aren’t early enough to give me extra time. I’m not waking up earlier than I have to—at least for now.
I do harbor fantasies of leisurely breakfast and time to gather my thoughts before I run out the door for work, but I’ll leave waking up earlier for a later experiment (and, you know, for FI life). Right now I’ll settle for not feeling horribly rushed and starting off the day feeling like I’m behind.