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Jan. 20th, 2014 | 09:45 pm

I started a new "life rule": no screens past 8pm, and in bed at 10pm (regardless of what I'm doing -- reading in bed is perfectly acceptable). I'm obviously breaking the first part of the rule, but I can't decide if I want to modify it based on weekends and holidays. Sometimes the rule just simply can't be met, like on nights I go to concerts or evenings when Revenge or PLL is on.

The point is, I need to start winding down at a certain time each evening, so I have a reliable sleep schedule. Right now the way it works is I stay up late, get up early for work, pass out after getting home around 5:30, wake up at midnight fully rested, and then repeat the process. I may change the rule to 9pm during the semester, depending on how much work I have. But I'd really like to try to get everything done before I get home, if at all possible. I want to be more organized, more than anything.

I also want to have a "workout in some fashion every day" rule but I don't really think that'll work with my schedule.

I've been playing a lot of guitar the past couple of days. My fingers ache like hell in the evening and in the morning they're still throbbing. I'm thinking this is a good thing. I don't dislike the feeling, at least. It's a productive kind of pain. Right now, guitar is the only thing I really have any interest in doing. I've been keeping a chart, counting how fast I can switch between specific chords (like D to A, D to E, etc.), and the number is going up for all of them. So I'm happy. I'm looking forward to eventually buying a better guitar, and I'm starting to look into pedals (though I won't invest until I'm 100% sure I'm going to keep playing and can make it sound the way I want). So far the Loaghtan Muff is the one I want the most, but I have an amp with built in effects, so it probably won't happen until I've moved and am settled in somewhere with a stable income. I definitely need new/better strings, though -- the high E string is so tinny it sounds like a sitar half the time.

I've been really terrible about my library checkouts. I pay a fine almost every single time I check stuff out. And they send me reminder emails! Right now I owe $16.50 for a bunch of comic books, so I vaguely feel as though I should just keep buying things, and at least I'd get to keep them. But I can't even really afford that, so I'm just pissing myself off about library books. The busy semester will more or less prevent me from checking much out in the next several months, so hopefully it won't be a problem.

Tomorrow I have German, then Wednesday I have four classes in a row (Soviet Russia, Dance, Ancient Religion, and Capstone). I wish I could have just had all my classes during two days of the week, but German ruined it. Any time I'm not in class, I'm working at the web help desk, so I have a really full and annoying schedule. But being busy is good for me. I really kind of hate weekends, honestly.

Anyway. I'm way, way past the rule, and would like to finish a Sandman comic tonight. So I'll probably post in a couple days with school news. 

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from: timeprojectile
date: Jan. 22nd, 2014 08:40 pm (UTC)

My older sister, who took up a regular exercise routine once she recovered from a back injury, told me it's better to work out only 6 days a week than to work out every day. I was reluctant to skip days on purpose as opposed to travel and such, but it might be safer in terms of making sure I don't injure myself.

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from: finalarrowhail
date: Jan. 25th, 2014 02:16 am (UTC)

Yeah, even 6 days a week is pushing it to me. But by working out I also count restorative yoga. So far I haven't found the time or energy to work out at all in the past week, so that rule probably won't even be put into place, haha.

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