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It won't surprise anyone here (I'm sure) that I meant to post this yesterday . . . :) This is a little long, and I apologize.
I am interested in participating on this forum to help me focus on how/why/where I'm procrastinating and hopefully work on improving.
I work full time and take university courses part time. This is the sixth year I've been doing that and I've been feeling burned out lately and plan not to take a spring course in order to put my time/energy toward improving my health. I am a little worried about doing that because I'm afraid that instead of regenerating my energy and enthusiasm this might make me want to never go back even though I love my classes and am truly interested in pursuing a more satisfying (personally) career. I'm about 1/2 way through my required degree credits. I do procrastinate a bit on studies/assignments, but not badly. I have generally got that area in hand and start early to be sure I can finish in time.
But, my personal health is suffering. I overeat (lifelong trend, and ramps up when stressed) and am not getting any exercise. I make excuses that after an extra-long work day (I have to make up the time I take off for classes) and readings/study/assignments for class I am too tired to do anything but watch movies etc.
I am becoming chronically late for work because I can't get out of bed to get going, even though I've had adequate sleep. I have planned and visualized a nice morning routine that allows me a bit of yoga (say 20 min), a decent amount of time for coffee and breakfast and walking to work. But I don't do it. I crave that type of relaxed morning schedule, and I don't think it is an unrealistic goal. I feel like it would start my day off on a so much better footing! I could arrive at work calm and ready for the day, instead of flustered and cranky because I got out of bed with only enough time to throw on clothes, gulp down 1/4 cup of coffee, a bite of breakfast and get a ride to work. We live only about a 15 minute walk from my work! We chose this neighbourhood because of that!
I have a good job and good coworkers/bosses. The work environment is generally great! My job is relatively interesting and varied. So, while I'd love to be independently wealthy and not have to work for a living (as most people would) it's not really an avoidance issue.
Although the morning routine is my main focus regarding procrastination right now, I am also having trouble establishing a general increase of exercise in my life. I have knee and neck/shoulder issues that have both had me in physio, and they are both made worse by my lack of exercise. Obviously, I have a desk job, so I need to build exercise in elsewhere. I have so far only managed to get myself to attend a weekly yoga class. My husband goes with me, and I have to say I'm not sure I would have attended regularly if he didn't! I love yoga, but I'm tired after work. Of course, I always feel better (although exhausted) after a class.
I am now looking into adding swimming once a week, but he's not a swimmer, so I'd be on my own for this one. I also love swimming and used to swim a mile 2-3 times a week. I finally found a pool nearby with hours that work for my schedule right now. Getting started and habituating the practice is going to be the hard part. I will be walking there and home as well, so I know that will add an extra little mental block (even though it's not a huge distance).
I guess I'm seeking some support. I also find that writing things down requires sorting it out in my mind and paying attention to what I'm thinking, and that helps to provide personal clarity. I can't say for sure that this forum will be right for me, but I would like to give it a try.