23:18

Throughout my furloughed period in lock down I have learned to procrastinate things that I do not want to do. Usually it is simple things due to lack of motivation and effort, and though I have all the time in the world I somehow create an excuse! Anyone else feeling the same way during lock down?

Today I finally got my act together and tidied up some areas of my room that had started off neat and tidy, but over the year had lost organisation and descended into chaos. I threw out items I no longer used or needed. I put things aside to give to charity (for when it is safe to do after the pandemic.) I rearranged the storage of items to make it more efficient when I use them. I vacuumed and dusted everywhere, and cleared the general clutter that had built up. I now feel much freer and relaxed knowing my area is tidied up again.

There is a phrase which goes along the lines of ‘a tidy space equals a tidy mind’ and I really do think this is true. I hope to put this into effect when I purchase my own property and really live it going forward.

Going into this new week I think I will tackle tidying my clothes again and pick out some more items to donate. At the beginning of lock down in March I went through my wardrobe and cleared items out but I feel like another one is needed! Productivity comes in different forms for everyone, and there are times where procrastination creeps in. Hopefully I can remain motivated to carry on (at least into next week!)

20:41

Since last Thursday I have been self-isolating in the house due to showing some symptoms. It has been a strange period of time where I am not logging in to check my work emails or in contact with my colleagues.

While my symptoms are quite mild I have been resting more, watching more shows in bed and making sure that I stay away from my extended family to avoid spreading any germs. Yesterday and today I managed to get into the garden to do some weeding in the sun – getting a well-needed dose of vitamin D!

I have been trying to find different ways to fill up my time apart from just watching shows as it is not the most productive use of my time! Thank God I am doing much better than last Thursday but I am still on the road to recovery.

21:45

I had a productive day today.

I swam extra lengths at the pool to release tension. I didn’t over-shop at the supermarket as I looked in the fridge before heading out. I did my laundry and made a nutritious and healthy lunch. I thought I was going to be late for my choir session at church but I actually ended up early. It poured down with rain but only when I was driving in my car. I bought a cute sweater on sale that I had been eyeing for weeks. I cooked a Thai green curry for dinner and it tasted good. I cleaned the house and prepared for the week ahead. I watched some episodes of my current binge-worthy series and a documentary. I am now winding down in bed while listening to a podcast.

Sometimes it’s the little things which promote a sense of satisfaction and contentment.

22:14

I never used to be the kind of person who set reminders on my phone but I have found it to be helpful in my new found busy lifestyle.

Amidst making plans, travelling, exchanging currency, and weddings, there are simpler, less interesting tasks. I found myself entering things like ‘put card in bag’ and ‘get lunch from fridge’. These silly little tasks have increasingly become things which I will easily forget because of my hectic lifestyle.

In recent weeks I have become much more stressed from work, so much so that my body is close to giving point. My sleeping pattern has worsened yet my focus on work has increased, and my work outs have risen in frequency. My personal projects are productive and I have managed to balance a multitude of things. I am due to go to the doctors tomorrow morning so hopefully I am able to cross off any illnesses and place the blame solely on stress. A reminder to always put emphasis on taking care of yourself and your own wellbeing!