Monday, August 11, 2014

A Week In Review

I did four things differently last week.

  1. I wrote every single day. I worked on blogs. I worked on a couple of longer/larger works I've been kicking around.
  2. I turned off the notifications on my smartphone except for the ringer. I went from 8 AM Monday, August 4 to 8AM Monday, August 11 without being signaled by my phone. I only used it to answer calls or respond to messages (Hangouts, SMS) sent directly to me.
  3.  From 10 PM Friday night to 10 PM Saturday night I did not use technology. My smartphone was off. My laptop was off. If I owned a TV it too would have been off. I went "No screens" for 24 hours.
  4. I started x-stitching again. I'm using someone else's pattern to get my hands/fingers nimble again, but I will start creating new patterns next month.

So what does this all mean?

     a)  It means that my brain is less foggy.
     b)  It means that I both appreciate and respect the screens in my life a little more.
     c)  It means I got a METRIC SHIT TONNE done around the house.
     d)  I really enjoy stitching swear words and odd things into fabric.

Ultimately, this is what I learned:

  1. My brain, some days, is not as broken as I think it is.
  2. My Pavlovian response to my smartphone notifications isn't strong. That's actually a surprise. But I appreciate what they do for me to make my life easier and respect the fact they can also allow me to fuck up my day fast and efficiently.
  3. I require 7 hours sleep to properly recover from a day of light activity. I require 9-10 hours sleep to properly recover from a day of heavy lifting and physical activity. This helps me with my time management more than I can possibly explain.
  4. I really, really like to swear. A lot. Like as much as I love coffee and baked goods, I love to swear.
  5. I really love lists, too.


  1. I love to fucking swear too! Crazy shit! I have been trying to separate work area from sleep area and removing myself from the computer as much as possible over the weekends. I find it's helping with sleep and other things. Fucking awesome!