Monday Motivation – A Work Award, More Sleep, and Some Philosophy

It’s that time again. Time to get up and get going and get stuff done.

One of the biggest things I have going on this week is a nice work dinner for an award I got nominated for. I’m both very honored that my boss thought I was such a good employee that I deserved an award, and very nervous to go mingle with other award recipients and big wigs. I’m not very good at the whole “mingle and network” thing and usually end up clinging to any co-worker I know in a corner somewhere.

Wish me luck!

As usual this week I am going to try to get more writing in. I have a full week of posts scheduled, on top of my daily 750 words, and my nightly Tumblr text posts. There’s research and reading I have to do so I am working on taking some advice from Stephen King’s book, On Writing, and Austin Kleon’s article, How to Read More, and carrying around books wherever I go. I plan to squeezing every spare minute I can out of the day for reading.

I might try to write that way too. Before I had been trying to set aside hours here and there to work but I noticed that I have a lot of “5 minutes here” and “10 minutes there” lying around so I decided to start using them for outlining and taking notes. In fact, lot of this post was written in the minutes between tasks at work.

I am also going to try really hard to get more sleep. Seriously guys, I am so exhausted. For the past few weeks I have been going to bed around 10 or 11 at night, which gives me about 6 or 7 hours of sleep a night. Not bad except for the fact that I am a light sleeper and every little noise wakes me up. Add that to the fact that I have two kittens who whine all night because I shut them out of them room.

I would let them in but then they would be sleeping on my face and messing with everything and keeping me up anyway. I’m more likely to get sleep with them out of the room. They give up the crying eventually.

It would help if I got to bed earlier too. I want to start shooting for 9 PM at the latest. That means having everything done or choosing to put it off until the next day. No more trying to squeeze just one more task in. It never ends with just one more task, it ends up being five, or more and next thing I know it’s 10 or 11 and I am going to be exhausted again the next day.

And finally I am having a great time listening to a new podcast I discovered called The Partially Examined Life. It’s all about philosophy “by some guys who were at one point set on doing philosophy for a living but then thought better of it”. They have a bunch of playlists set up on specific topics and once I catch up I can start reading the books that are announced before the podcasts and have a better idea of what they are talking about.

I’m always looking for new things to inspire my writing, and this podcast is definitely getting the wheels turning in my head. They start off with a few rules that make the discussions very accessible:

“Number 1: Try not to assume that our audience has read what we’re talking about or has any other background in philosophy. Number 2: Don’t make arguments that hinge on something other than what we’ve agreed to read. Don’t say, “You’d understand me if you’d only read, Capitalism is Fine, Now Shut Up by The Man. Number 3: We will be rigorous and exact in all that we say, unless doing otherwise would be potentially more amusing.”

Partially Examined Life, Episode 84 – Friedrich Nietzsche’s The Gay Science

If you are into philosophy I recommend you give the episodes a listen. They are very interesting and highly entertaining, in a nerdy way.

So that’s what I got going on. I hope you all have a good week, get stuff done and find some happiness. Try to stay focused and positive, but even if you just put one foot in front of the other all the way until Friday, that’s good enough too.

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Hello! My name is Lisa. I find the human condition fascinating and I often write stuff about that. I blog at zenandpi.com but you can also find me on Twitter, Tumblr, and Instagram, and if you like what I do, consider signing up for my newsletter. Thanks :)

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