Sleepy but productive

I had a pretty πŸ’© sleep last night. I think it was the iced coffee that I had quite late in the day. I should’ve known better than to have coffee so late in the afternoon πŸ˜” I can handle tea better than coffee when it’s quite late in the day. I should’ve just stuck to that πŸ˜’

But despite feeling pretty sleepy for most of the afternoon, I still had quite a productive day, surprisingly. I had seven things on my to-do list, and I managed to tick off five of the seven things, and I actually got started on item #6. What the… How did that happen?! πŸ˜‚ FOCUS, that’s what happened! I was somehow able to concentrate and actually get some solid work done. More of that please! πŸ˜† Maybe I just need to learn how to focus better. Any tips??

Maybe I need to bring back Pomodoro. That really got me quite focused, actually. Yeah, I might try that again tomorrow πŸ‘

Back to normality after Easter

Our Easter / Qing Ming extra-long weekend is over πŸ˜” We’re back to reality. I was still really tired this morning, I could barely concentrate on anything πŸ˜” But the caffeine eventually kicked in, and I ended up having quite a productive afternoon – woohoo! I was actually resigned to having an unproductive day, but it worked out better than I expected πŸ‘

I also had my Chinese lesson today, which also turned out to be better than I expected. We had a bit of a grammar lesson today: there is this one noun / adjective / adverb that I can’t seem to get my head around because there is no equivalent in English. Yes, it can be a noun, adjective OR adverb, which just adds to the WTF-ness of how to use this word 🀣 The use of it as a noun is OK – it’s ‘just’ a noun – but the feeling that it gives if you’re using it as an adjective or as an adverb actually differs πŸ€ͺ Which is why I never use it because I never know which feeling I’m conveying in any given sentence! πŸ€·β€β™‚οΈ After today’s lesson, I think I understand the theory now, so maybe I can start trying to use it in our lessons and see if I’m actually applying the theory correctly! But yeah, it’s tough learning a foreign language as an adult. But totally fun! 😊

Feeling good

I had one goal today: write the script for my next YouTube video and film it. I did that – and then some! Woohoo! I totally did NOT expect to be that productive today πŸ‘ So today, I did what I was hoping to have done yesterday πŸ™„ Oh well, whatevs. Either way, it’s done, and that’s all that matters. It doesn’t matter when I actually did the work, just as long as it was done 😁 Now it’s time to edit, and I’m hoping that I can finish that tomorrow. There are only two more workdays this week, and Thursday is my busiest day, so I’d rather get all my editing done tomorrow rather than having to add to the busy-ness on Thursday.

I bought dinner from this place that N recently discovered. It’s this cosy little restaurant that maybe only has around 5 tables all up. I went to go pay, and the waiter asked me if I could pay in cash. The owner manager had just left, and apparently the wait staff can’t operate the credit card machine without the owner manager πŸ€·β€β™‚οΈ What’s up with that?? The bill was something like HK$148, and I had something like HK$143 in my wallet. A HK$100 note and the rest in coins. I literally emptied out my wallet πŸ˜‚ The waiter said that was fine and let me take my food, but I still felt bad. I didn’t want her to have to pay the extra HK$5 out of her own pocket. I don’t know if she’d actually have to, but I didn’t want that to happen if it did come to that. It’s only HK$5 (~A$1), but still, that matters for some people.

The restaurant is only 5-10 minutes away from home, so I walked back, dumped all my stuff, grabbed a HK$10 note and walked back to the restaurant and paid her extra. She told me to take my change – all my coins were still on the table πŸ˜‚ – but I said not to worry about it. I thought it was nice of her to just let me take the food earlier, so this was a tip for her, in a way.

Maybe next time we can actually dine in, now that dine-in services has been extended to 10pm here πŸ‘ Oh, and 7 cases today! We’re staying below ten cases! Yayyy! Suck it, 🦠! πŸ˜‚

Prep work

I had yet another productive day today πŸ‘ I got up a little earlier than usual again today. Maybe these earlier starts are actually making a difference to my productivity! πŸ€”

I also spoke to my parents today, and I didn’t get upset! 😱 I managed to remain calm and just listened. I didn’t pass judgement, I didn’t contradict, I just let them talk. That was nice 😊 I need to do that more often. Harness Yoda’s calmness 😊

I’m re-reading The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up. I mentioned the other day that I want to do her 8-week challenge. It’s the weekend tomorrow, so I thought it would be a good time to start. I’d like to finish re-reading the book before I actually start the process, so I might try and skim the rest of it tomorrow and then plunge right in! πŸ˜† I have to take my “before” photos first, and I’d like to have a visual board of sorts, even if that just means a virtual Pinterest board! In fact, all these things are part of Week 1 in her 8-week challenge! So maybe I shouldn’t rush it and actually just do the prep work first, like she suggests. I think I’m just getting overly excited! I’m just ready to throw stuff out! I’ve been thinking about doing this for months; and now, an opportunity presents itself in the form of an 8-week challenge, hehehe 😜

So I’m off to continue re-reading the book, and maybe start a new Pinterest board 😊

New routines and language goals

I got up mega early again this morning. Not as early as yesterday, but earlier than usual. It’s really nice getting up so early! I get so much more done in the morning, and I feel so much more productive πŸ‘ The problem with this, though, is that because I am naturally a night owl, it is VERY easy for me to burn the candle at both ends πŸ˜” So I really have to try not to do that. It’s ok to do it every now and then, but it’s just not sustainable. I do try and take it easy in the afternoon now. Before, I’d be working frantically to get stuff done because I was running out of time; now, because I did so much in the morning, I don’t really need to stress out as much in the afternoon. So maybe these new hours will work for me after all?? But first, let’s see if I can continue to get up early! 😜

We started watching My Hero Academia recently. And now we’re watching one episode of Brooklyn Nine-Nine, and then one episode of My Hero Academia to wind down for the evening 😊 I feel like I need to study it to get some Japanese language study in. It feels like such a waste if I don’t do that. I’ve actually been reviewing a lot more of my Japanese Anki flashcards lately, surprisingly, so it feels like I should back that up with some listening practice as well. And given how crap my Chinese listening skills are, chances are my Japanese listening skills are going to be just as bad!

But Jap has the added advantage of a lot of words being much more ingrained in me. I studied it in high school, which was a bajillion years ago now, but a lot of the vocab is still in my long-term memory, and hearing certain words is almost the same as hearing English. Almost 😜 I don’t think my Chinese will ever get to that same level. But ultimately, I would love to be conversational in both languages. That is my long-term goal. I’m sure it’ll be an uphill battle the older I get, but I’m going to try my darndest to achieve it πŸ’ͺ

Changes in my daily routine

I got up at ridiculous o’clock with N this morning. He’s been going to the gym before work, and normally, I just go back to sleep once he leaves. But today, I was actually quite awake, and so I just got up. I didn’t feel too bad throughout the day, but I did have more caffeine than I normally would on a typical day 😳 Hopefully the caffeine won’t keep me up tonight because I’d like a good night’s sleep for the busy day that I have tomorrow! 🀞

I had my Chinese lesson today, and it actually wasn’t too bad! I didn’t stress out as much as I normally would, which allowed me to understand more of what she said. But my general problem is my lack of speaking and listening practice. I need to do more! Watch a little bit of a TV show or YouTube video each day. I need to incorporate that into my day somehow. I’ve made so many positive changes into my daily routine now, surely I can figure out how to incorporate this one thing??

Here are the new changes I’ve made recently:

  • I’ve started to review my Anki flashcards first thing in the morning, as soon as I wake up. It’s virtually the first thing I do once I wake up;
  • I’ve been doing my splits stretches on a daily basis, except on my one rest day a week;
  • I’ve been listening to podcasts in the morning while I’m getting changed;
  • I’ve been listening to an audiobook while getting ready for bed in the evenings.

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How awesome is that?!? And I only introduced all of these new habits recently, possibly just in the last month. That’s pretty damn good! So surely I can figure out how to incorporate listening to a TV show or YouTube video in one of my target languages into my day?? πŸ€”

After listing that out, I’m quite proud of my effort! Well done, me! 😁 It’s amazing just how much you can achieve just by pairing activities today:

  • Anki flashcards – paired with getting up first thing in the morning;
  • Podcasts – paired with getting ready each day;
  • Audiobooks – paired with getting for bed.

Can I pair this TV show or YouTube video with something? Or maybe I can just set another 30-day challenge for myself? I just have to try and see what works for me.

Positive vibes

If you decided to skip yesterday’s post, I’m glad you did, because I have much more positive vibes to send out to the universe today! πŸ™

I rang my parents today to check up on my dad, to see if he needed help with his new phone. I quickly find out that my mum’s friend’s daughter is over helping. THANK GOD FOR THAT! πŸ™πŸ€£ Doing that in person is sooo much easier than over the phone, especially since my parents aren’t the most tech-savvy people. So I let them entertain their guest and have dinner in peace πŸ˜…

I went to the library today. There was a crowd of people milling around at the entrance when I got there, and I figured they were all trying to either download the government’s new contact tracing app, or they were just writing their details down on paper. You have to do one or the other now. I already knew that you needed to check in at the library, so I had downloaded the app a few days ago and had already scanned the QR code. So I just went straight past the crowd, into the elevator, and off I went to borrow my books. It’s such a good feeling to be back in the library!! πŸ€“

N had dinner with some workmates tonight, so I was mega productive and did a ton of work for my YouTube channel. I’m starting to entertain the idea of making some money off my channel, so I put a bit of extra work on it today. I don’t know how much I can make off the channel, if it’ll even be possible, but I figured why not try? If you remember my one-word theme for the year, it’s to just DO. Give it a go and see what happens. Because why not?? What’s the worst that can happen? That you DON’T make any money from it? At least you tried, and you’re actually bringing good value to your subscribers. You’re learning a TON of stuff and you’re having fun along the way. There really isn’t a downside to it all, apart from just constantly having to be thinking about and doing stuff for the channel! πŸ˜‚

A whole range of states

I was feeling all keen bean this morning, listing out 13 – thirteen! – items on my to-do list 😱 I managed to tick off 7; got halfway through 2; and I started another item. Not bad! I might’ve been able to finish one of the halfway-done items if I wasn’t having tech issues. Nonethless, I was happy with my effort today!

I did my usual stretches today, but I think I over-stretched one of my muscles because now it hurts if I move my leg in certain angles. Sighhh… I hope I haven’t done anything too serious to it. I’ll definitely have my rest day tomorrow and then see how it’s feeling on Sunday before I resume my stretches. Sighhh… I hope this doesn’t ruin my momentum. I’ve been doing so well! πŸ˜”

One of N’s mates told him about how he had stage 4 cancer ten years ago. He’s obviously in remission, since he’s still around to tell N the story. But I was like what the f*##kkkkk?!?? That is insane. He was relatively healthy too, and he was only in his early 30s. And the only thing that got him to go see a doctor was this niggling cough that wouldn’t go away. That was it. OMG. I still can’t believe it. It’s just so random. This is another reason why I try and appreciate each day. You never know when your time will be up.

So I went from being productive to being in pain to being grateful today. A whole range of states there! πŸ˜†

Productive as + a rant

Yesterday I was unproductive; today, I was on speed. OMG I couldn’t stop working. WTH 🀣 I was so productive, it more than made up for yesterday’s lacklustre effort 😱

I even went shopping, shock horror. I don’t know if you’ve ever shopped at those cosmetics counters at department stores, but going there is just one of those things that I really dread. I wish that I could just choose whatever I needed and not have to talk to the sales assistants. More often than not, they’re just so pushy. I really don’t like it. I don’t like shopping at the best of times, and they just add to my dislike of the whole experience πŸ˜’ I know they’re probably just trying to reach their sales targets and I shouldn’t feel so guilty saying no to them each time, but I can’t help it. Maybe I should try and find a different place to go, maybe somewhere where they’re less pushy.

Anyway, rant over 😊 I don’t buy cosmetics too often, so my next whinge will be in at least a few months’ time πŸ˜†

And when I got home, I did my stretches. Day 8. I seriously still don’t feel that different compared to Day 1. I have probably moved maybe half a centimetre closer to the floor in the past week πŸ˜† So I’m still wondering if I’m going to get even close to the splits by the end of 30 days. But I’m still going, that’s the main thing. 22 more days to go!

My one-word theme for 2021

Have I told you about my one-word theme for the year? Have I told you that I have been setting a one-word theme each year for the past few years?? Surely I have. But just in case I haven’t, it’s one word that I choose at the beginning of each year to give me something to focus on for that year. Last year, my word was ‘growth’. Growth in a number of ways: growth in my subscriber base on social media; growth in my student base; personal growth; and also in wealth. It was a great word, and it served me well last year πŸ‘ And I think I did a good job keeping to that theme too 😊

This year, my word is ‘do’. I have a tendency to over-think things, and so this is my way of just stopping myself from over-analysing and to just actually bit the bullet and DO it.

That’s one time that I can tell myself to just DO something. The other time is when I’m procrastinating. And I procrastinate a LOT. So now, instead of um’ing and ah’ing about when I should do it, I stop myself from thinking about it and I just do it then and there.

And it has done wonders so far! I have done things like fold the laundry; soak dirty clothes; put groceries away; even sending an email that I’ve been putting off! 😱 Just these small things that niggle at you, and I tell myself that I’ll do them later but never do (or at least not until a few days have passed! πŸ˜’)

So here we are, a few days into the New Year and my theme is going strong already. LOVE IT! πŸ‘