When I'd first told people that I'd be resigning from my job, and taking 'a month or two' off working, the first thing everybody asked me was, 'What are you going to do?' My half-serious response was always, 'Whatever I feel like I wanna do. Gosh!'
And so, today marks one month of my self-imposed unpaid sabbatical, which seems like a good point in time to consider what I've achieved in that time in terms of imposing some better discipline in my life admin.
This was always going to be at the top of my list. For many years now, I haven't been doing enough exercise, and so this was the first thing that needed to change. In fairness, I'd ride my bike to and from work most days, but the switch to work from home arrangements in early August changed that. With the recent lockdown, residents were permitted two hours of exercise a day, which set my parameters. And so, my daily routine started out as:
- Ride my bike 6.5km to the Australian War Memorial.
- Walk up and down Mount Ainslie (4.5km return trip)
- Ride my bike back home.
- Clearing my computer desktop and either deleting or organising all my electronic documents into folders
- Backing up all of my important electronic documents
- Setting up a hanging file to organise all of my paper documents and records
- Clearing my personal email inbox
- Reorganising my automated banking transactions
- Contacting the property manager to fix a number of things around the apartment block which had been unreported for many months
Other little things
- Eating and sleeping at sensible hours - clearly I still need to work on getting to bed earlier!
- Limiting my caffeine intake. While I was working, my day would start with a few cups of filter coffee, and then a double espresso coffee at morning tea time. I still start with filter coffee, but I'm cutting back on the espresso (especially since I no longer have the budget to buy daily coffees!)
- Donating plasma - once every two weeks
- Catching up with people - strangely enough, it's actually been easier to catch up with friends when they've been working at home, and looking for an excuse to leave the house and have an impromptu cuppa in the park.
- Reading - I thought I'd have a lot more time to do this now, but I still need to work on setting that time aside. Still, I've made some headway in reducing my to-be-read pile of books.