Tip 10: Daily Routine

August 15, 2013

This one I am not making up. My psychiatrist says I couched my symptoms of Bi-Polar for so long with

  1. Excessive amounts of exercise, and 
  2. Strict routine that comes with being a pro athlete.

So while I am still getting into the flow of the new job, the routine is kind welcome. This job is in a spiffy office park that requires taking the train out the city to commute. Now I HAVE to get to that train no later than 8:2o. No sleeping in. No rolling in at 9:30. Its game on, or else I would get to work after 10. Granted my girlfriend and I are still learning how to communicate how to hustle getting out the door quickly without being too short with each other. My psychologist is encouraging me to be more self-sufficient/take the bus around the corner to the train station, so I don’t need to depend on her. And my girlfriend is encouraging me to get a car.  I have mixed feelings about getting a car. While it would be nice to be a fully responsible grown-up again by having a car, I also don’t want my commute to depend only on driving 40 min – 90 min a day each way. Talk about building structures that will keep me away from grumpiness/rage. Traffic is a rage-factor for sure. Also talking about moving to a part of the city that requires driving an hour each way also concerns me.

Instead of listing my fears, however, this post is about appreciating the rhythm this week. The interesting projects at work certainly help each day fly by, but also I feel like the days flow into each other pretty quickly. So the rhythm itself deserves its own post of recycled images:

1. Wake up. if I help with the dogs, usually I get a bit overwhelmed, particularly if one of the dogs pees in the lobby of our building.

2. Take a train to work. This can be a nice time to draw, or read a book. I’ve just finished the last book in the Mysterious Benedict Society, which is a clever 4-book kid-lit series. Last time I commuted via train, I gobbled up the Game of Throne series. While they are addicting, they are not up-lifting. Recommendation welcome for dynamic fantasy or youth fiction, or uplifting well written other books.

3. Work. God, I love my new job. My new boss is such a refreshing collaborator: who is not afraid to make decisions, give direct and helpful feedback, and encourage creative risk taking. He also sets aggressive timelines, so I feel inspired to raise my game so I can deliver the quality work that I want to create in the rapid turn-around time.  I also feel like I am starting to get along with the guys at work. Also, this is the first time I’ve had someone who I am responsible for, and I feel like I am starting to get the hang of learning and playing to his strengths. Delegation is so fun! Its also an exercise setting clear direction to ensure the deliverable is met, but giving room for someone to feel like they have creative ownership over the project.

4. Take the train home

5. Anticipate some point in my day feeling a bit pent-up/ frustrated.

6. Hanging out with friends for dinner

7. Sleep.


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