Productivity and Tally Marks

check-class-desk-7103 When it comes to simple pleasures there are few things better than the pleasure of crossing something off your to-do list.

In my case I use tally marks. This is good because without them my to-do list would have lots of repeats. The down side is if I ever need to use my arm, if I misplace my note book, it could be quite a scary thing. (Let those who know tell those that don’t – or just Google The Silence)

Having a relaxed to-list, with no dates just tasks, has been good. I have given myself ‘permission’ to do what I want. I bet you can guess what isn’t getting marks next to it…  pexels-photo-136409

Yep it’s exercise – funny how that works out. I’ll get to it eventually. Sorry what’s that sound…

Oink, flap, oink, flap, oink, flap…

Anyway at the moment I am waiting in for a delivery of tea. I hate waiting for deliveries. Firstly I don’t know when it will arrive and the intercom will make me jump. And secondly I can’t play music as I might miss the intercom. Nice tea is essential – even if I am using tea bags which I know a connoisseur would have a problem with – anyway I digress.

pexels-photo-247899I’m also reading a book on productivity – or rather decluttering one’s life which gives more time and so you can be more productive. The book is called The Life-Changing Magic of Not Giving a F**K And that isn’t me censoring myself there are literal astrixes on the cover.

I’ve almost finished the book and it has been quite interesting. The crux of it is learning to say ‘No’. I’m sure we’ve all struggled with that. Have you ever gone along with something just because we felt an obligation? Why is it so hard to say the sentence: ‘I’m not a fan of Tupperware and would rather have dental surgery than spend an evening talking about it.’ – or perhaps kinder words than that.

I would say however the book is rather thin. The central ideas can be summed up very quickly – if you are interested I would recommend getting it from a library. I bought it and two followups from an actual shop. Which is a very weird thing to do in this day and age – and perhaps shows the problem with an impulse buy.

I hope that wherever projects you have going on are going well and that your weekend has been a lovely one.

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Paper

My Plan At work I use a till. Sometimes the till doesn’t work properly – and yes sometimes I am making a mistake with it.

There have been times when I knew the price of something but couldn’t put it through because I can’t find the right button. And of course, as with an computer, it occupationally crashes.

Fortunately when this happens the customers have been very understanding but it still sometimes makes me wish for simplicity.

agriculture-architecture-barn-900097I’m not about to give up on technology and go and live in a hut in the woods – but I do like the simplicity of a piece of paper. And in the case of work a calculator as I can’t do the maths thing.

I have several apps for my never ending and obsessive to-do list and it just leads to more stress. An app will be a constant reminder of what I haven’t done. So we have paper…

I have switched to mostly using paper for my to-do list. This is advantageous as paper doesn’t beep at me when I deiced that I want to do something else. And after posting this I can put a satisfying tally mark next to writing!

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First Contact

antenna-contact-dawn-33153 In the Star Trek universe the 5th of April 2063 is the day humans make first contact – only 45 years to go.

Of course if that were true then it would mean we would have to have a third world war and have to have had a Eugenics war back in the 1990s.

It is possible that there were too many hads in that paragraph.

I am a life long science fiction fan. I really want to know the answer to the question of whether or not we are alone in the universe. Personally I believe there are other lifeforms out in space. Given then vastness of space it seems impossible that we could be alone.

pexels-photo-25316 This brings is to the Fermi Paradox – or to put it more simply ‘Where is everybody.’

I rather like the idea that aliens are giving us a wide berth. Humans have a hard enough time understanding each other’s behaviour sometimes so how would an alien understand?

earth-blue-planet-globe-planet-41953Star Trek’s optimism of the future is a wonderful thing. I do wonder though what the real effect of an alien’s arrival on Earth would be.

In the movie First Contact the Earth had been ravaged by war. As such there may not have been any military capable of engaging an ‘invading’ ship. And Cochrane was just an independent scientist – at least from what we see in the film.

If aliens came to us in the real world they would face a strong planet and would certainly be met with fear. Therefore any aliens wanting to contact us would be very careful – maybe the prime directive is real – maybe they are in another galaxy – maybe in all the universe we are first – after all someone has to be.

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Endless Adventure

blur-bunnies-chocolates-6408 Today is Easter Sunday and April Fool’s Day. This post has nothing to do with either of those things but since they are on today I should probably talk briefly about them.

To me Easter Sunday is a bit anti-climactic. It is like Christmas without the presents. Since I stopped getting Easter Eggs, with the acceptation of the one from work, there is nothing to Easter except that the shops are closed. And the Egg from work? It didn’t even last a day.

adorable-animal-art-271955As for April Fool’s Day? Well that is a rather none event. I don’t really like pranks as they can often be cruel – so there is not much to say about that. So here is a cat in a bowl to make you smile.

What I actually wanted to talk about today is: Endless Adventure. I discovered this vlog a little while ago and wanted to share it with you.

Eric and Alison are a couple from the US and they spend their lives travelling the world. These videos have inspired me to do some travelling – as soon as I can scrape some money together. So why not take a look at the vlog. Maybe you will love it too:

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Food

20180314_201404 I have a tiny kitchen. I only have two rings and have to use the bed as a surface. Yes you read that right.

Maybe it is the influence of watching Blue Peter as a child but I have a very specific way I like to cook. I prepare all the ingredients first an put them all into bowls, or at the very least piles on chopping boards.

So, yes, while cooking I had the food prepared in bowls, or on chopping boards and sitting upon the bed. I’m guessing I might find a stray piece of garlic in my bed tonight.

pexels-photo-128402Lately I haven’t been cooking all that much. And when I have it is usually a case of chop and stir-fry. Today (2018-03-14) I decided to follow an actual recipe.

I made Kaju Chicken with Aloo Matar, Rose & Raisin Chutney Indian coleslaw. Specifically it was a recipy from: The Spicer.

The recipe was delicious, if I do say so myself, and it did five portions – could easily have stretched to six. However I would say that it may not be the best thing to make if you a new to cooking; you might find it difficult to keep track of all parts of the meal. As it was I forgot about the chutney.

From ingredients, and including chopping, it took about two hours to cook. This is why I don’t cook all that much. Although I suppose I have shown that I only need to cook once in five or six days – aren’t freezers wonderful – and I still have a few potatoes and 3/4 of a cabbage to use another day.

The only change I had to make was miking the Kaju Chicken and the Aloo Matar – to keep warm – as I didn’t have the hob space.

So that was my foray into cooking for today. I wonder what I will cook next.

Also…

No fire so that is always good.

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Steps

sea-beach-footprint-steps In my efforts to exercise I use a pedometer. Having a target to reach is so helpful to me in feeling that I have actually achieved something.

I have a job where I am on my feat all day. Therefore on work days meeting my target is easy and just happens.

Days off are a little more tricky. There is a nice park near my flat. So on nice days, in Britain the definition of nice can be as simple as ‘not raining’, the park is a good place to go.

One disadvantage of going for walks, as opposed to going to the gym, is route planning. Even if the walk is its own purpose you still have to make the decisions of left or right turn.

I usually try to have a destination in mind. And since I am apparently uninventive that destination often seems to involve food – which doesn’t exactly undo the benefits of the exercise but is a bit silly.

dark-brown-milk-candy I have however stopped buying chocolate. I like chocolate, obviously, and it is so easy to take a square every time you open the cupboard – or just from boredom. So basically I have no self control and can only do it by not having it in the flat.

Finally I have started to drink more water. pexels-photo-113734 I am not sure how much of an effect that is having but it can only be a good thing. Who knows maybe in a few months I will be thin or, at the very least, thinner.

Only time will tell.

See you next time.

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Call me, Gym

pexels-photo-136409 As you can tell from the title I have run out of gym puns.

Which doesn’t matter now as I have quite the gym. Last year I bought for a year in advance which ended on the 26th  of February. Over the course of that year I went to the gym 40 times.

That is not the best showing. The good news is that I spent less than I would have just going along to the gym and buying a day pass. So money wise it was, technically, worth it.

The thing about the gym is the amount of time it takes up. pexels-photo-859933 Granted I only live 15 minutes away but it still takes time. And I never felt like going after work or on consecutive days so that very much limited my options.

So what is my plan now? Abandon all hope of looking good and start washing myself with a rag on a stick?

No instead I am going to exercise at home. Little and often. I worked out that with the amount of time I went to the gym about 12 minutes, ish, a day would have more or less the same effect. This requires some fudging, and is by no means scientific, but I will see how it works.

dumbbells-training-silver-sports-163498 I bought a dumbbell. Yes. Just the one. I can alternate arms so there was no real need for two. I just need to make sure I keep a good count so that I don’t end up being lopsided.

I have no idea what effect doing weights for some few minutes a day will do. I will see how I look after giving it a few months.

I am also using Wii fit. I know that game is really old now but I enjoy it and I don’t have weighing scales other wise.

In addition to this there is walking. Today (2018-03-04) was a work day and I have walked 10.66 kilometres according to my pedometer so that and walking on days off might be enough.

How do you like to keep fit? What keeps you motivated to go to the gym? And how do you find the time?

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