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(According to the Grammarist, it can be spelled “binging” also, in fact it is most often spelled that way. But looks wrong to me).

A simple change to my morning routine would make me happier in the long term, healthier and more productive. I’ve known this forever, and in the last three weeks have been giving myself a bit of a bad time for not simply switching.

I should be snacking more.

Every morning on the three days I am on campus, I walk down to the coffee shop outside my building with my coffee mug, buy a coffee, return to my office and deal with the morning’s email.

I am meant to write as part of my job, but feel like I cannot be productive unless I can devote a good solid couple of days to writing. I schedule full days every second Friday and have blocked off a couple of weeks between semesters to write an article with research data collected in 2015..

What is wrong in this picture?

  1. Coffee costs $4 a pop – $12 a week, $552 a year if I take 4 weeks’ holiday.
  2. Coffee is full of caffeine, which does affect my sleep
  3. I don’t need the extra calories
  4. I am at my most alert and potentially productive and I am using this to … answer email???
  5. Authors like Rowena Murray  and Maria Gardiner and Hugh Kearns suggest that “snack writing” is actually a more productive way for academics to increase output.

So, the solution is simple.

  1. Instead of buying coffee, put into practice what I learned at two months of the Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction course that I did in March/April through work. I could instead spend 10 minutes sitting still, practicing mindfulness to start my day, increase my focus and energise myself.
  2. Instead of answering email first up, follow Hugh Kearns’ suggestion that I use the first hour of the day to write, when I am alert and fresh. If there is an emergency I will have another 6 hours to work on it.

Hmmmm… Both ideas have actually come from on-campus seminars provided to staff. I know I have felt rather guilty and indulgent spending time at these instead of actually … working. I also think that, should I be able to change my habits, my workplace will benefit from someone probably more productive and balanced.

Why am I not following that morning routine now? Why am I finding it so hard to change?

Maybe for some of the reasons that Amanda Palmer sings about in In My Mind . tl:dw (or if you have a problem with the word “fuck” and people in their underwear…) – if it was what I really thought was best for me then I WOULD be doing it, so perhaps it is not. It’s all my choice…

Published on Jul 31, 2015

(Feat. Brian Viglione)

In my mind
In a future five years from now
I’m one hundred and twenty pounds
And I never get hung over
Because I will be the picture of discipline
Never minding what state I’m in
And I will be someone I admire
And it’s funny how I imagined
That I would be that person now
But it does not seem to have happened
Maybe I’ve just forgotten how to see
That I am not exactly the person that I thought I’d be

And in my mind
In the faraway here and now
I’ve become in control somehow
And I never lose my wallet
Because I will be the picture of of discipline
Never fucking up anything
And I’ll be a good defensive driver
And it’s funny how I imagined
That I would be that person now
But it does not seem to have happened
Maybe I’ve just forgotten how to see
That I’ll never be the person that I thought I’d be

And in my mind
When I’m old I am beautiful
Planting tulips and vegetables
Which I will mindfully watch over
Not like me now
I’m so busy with everything
That I don’t look at anything
But I’m sure I’ll look when I am older
And it’s funny how I imagined
That I could be that person now
But that’s not what I want
But that’s what I wanted
And I’d be giving up somehow
How strange to see
That I don’t wanna be the person that I want to be

And in my mind
I imagine so many things
Things that aren’t really happening
And when they put me in the ground
I’ll start pounding the lid
Saying I haven’t finished yet
I still have a tattoo to get
That says I’m living in the moment
And it’s funny how I imagined
That I could win this, win this fight
But maybe it isn’t all that funny
That I’ve been fighting all my life
But maybe I have to think it’s funny
If I wanna live before I die
And maybe it’s funniest of all
To think I’ll die before I actually see
That I am exactly the person that I want to be

Fuck yes
I am exactly the person that I want to be

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