Doing more.

I feel lazy. Despite waking up at 7am (it’s a Sunday), hitting a tidy 13 mile long run, prepping all my meals for the week ahead, planning the remainder of my lessons for work, reading a chapter of a book and now writing this blog post, I still don’t feel satisfied with my productivity levels. Perhaps I feel more dissatisfied with my attitude towards being productive.

I also doodled and drew a cat: productivity 101.

There are achievements and goals that I would like to accomplish that require me to do more of certain activities on a more regular basis that, when it comes to actually doing them, I can put them off or substitute them for doing something else. Lately, writing this posts on this blog seems to be one of them, and I’m not sure I like that. I need a motivation to do more of these activities, I need a stimulus that is going to make sure I do more.

I find it easy with running and fitness, it’s so engrossed into my daily routine that I genuinely couldn’t live without it. My mind is a loose canon on a rest day and I spend the whole time thinking about running or swimming and it isn’t until I’m out there the next day that I feel satisfied. I love it that much that it is non-negotiable, there’s no way I am NOT going to fit it into my day, which I why I always do it first thing in the morning, that way it can’t be taken away from me. Work is an essential part of my routine and in the line of work I am in, it’s easy to prioritise planning as it leaves you pretty lost when you’re stood in a class full of learners and have no idea what you’re going to do. Food and nutrition is always essential as on a base level as it is what is required to survive, but also when you’re as driven by running and fitness as me, nutrition is an important part of being able to do all the activity that I like to do.

Well timed post-Run selfie.

So? What is it I want to make sure I’m doing more of other than Running, Work and Food? Well, for one I want to go back to regularly posting on here. As well as a good therapy and release for me, it is a great way to ensure I am staying relevant online and keeping my writing skills up to scratch. Secondly, I would like to write and release more music. Towards the end of 2018 I managed to put a video online every Wednesday for 12 weeks. I stopped on the last week of the year as I prioritised other activities and family time (Christmas and going to Estonia). It became harder to find motivation to create and post the videos as less and less people engaged with the videos. Thirdly, I’d like to put some time into creating videos; vlogs, travel videos, how-to guides. I’d like to have a go at doing YouTube, if I’m honest. Through YouTube I would have a creative outlet for all my music, art and athletic endeavours.

So, what am I going to do about all this? Well, I’m not sure just yet. I think I need to go for another challenge. Another 30 days of blogging and perhaps a challenge of creating a weekly YouTube video? What do you think oh-so-faithful blog readers?

This week was the first week I commenced marathon training for my sub-3 hour goal at the Shakespeare Marathon, this meant today (Sunday) I stuck out a nice easy 13.1 miles as the first of many longer Sunday runs. It was amazing as per usual. I love running, running makes sense.

Catch ya soon.


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