None of us should desire to “return to normal” because, if I can say one positive thing about the last year and a half, it did snap us out of our mindless routines. Unfortunately it created some new, much unhealthier, mindless routines in my case. So it deserves some celebration that I learned today I’ll be going back to work almost full-time in June. I’ll be working three full days a week instead of 5 half-days which will be much healthier for me. Getting home at lunch and finishing my work at the same computer I game at has created some horrible habits and my routine has fallen apart.
My planner has been less of an agenda and more of a catalog of my failures for the past year. Sure, overall I’m doing fine, but there are pages upon pages of goals I didn’t hit and tasks I didn’t finish. May will wrap up my second quarter which is a month earlier than the real second quarter because the first time I ordered a planner it wasn’t at the right date. I
might will use one of the empty months from one of my particularly bad planners to finish June and start the third quarter with a fresh planner to get on track. I’m going to take the time to set this one up properly. The yearly and quarterly goals for the last several quarters have been automatic and without much forethought. I wrote out my “perfect life” routines instead of routines that I will actually do which is a sure fire way to feel like crap first thing every morning.
I read recently that when trying to change your habits you should start extremely small with things you know you will do and then increase them daily. It’s not new advice but was a good refresher and I’ve incorporated that into a few habits. In just two very fast weeks I’ve managed to cut down on the amount of waste I create by over 50%. This is a habit I’ve always wanted to adopt, but never got started. The trick to managing waste that a lot of people don’t consider is that you also have to take into account the energy and waste involved in creating the product. There are plenty of “sustainable” products out there which are just “green gimmicks”, advertising that they’re made from recycled products but the very act of making something out of recycled products which can never be recycled again is wasteful if it’s not something you even need (which I’ve found is often the case).
By proxy, I’ve also been eating more of a plant based diet because you simply can’t buy meat in my area without having it wrapped in plastic. There are butchers somewhere out there which will either wrap them in paper or put them in your own container but I don’t know where they are yet. Paper wrapping doesn’t work for me because you can’t recycle paper which was used to store food. Plus I don’t really trust municipal recycling plans; in my experience it all ends up in a landfill anyway. Are you telling me minimum wage average-human-beings are actually sorting out recyclables and routing them properly? I think not. I can’t even get average-human-beings to give me the right order at Taco Bell.
I strive to not become one of those environmentalist nutjobs who takes all of this to an unhealthy obsession but if I’m going to do it I have to at least do the basics 100%.