W3: Things I’ve Loved This Week

This time of the week has come around quickly.  I find the change of season hard.  It’s still daylight savings here in Australia, which means it is very dark in the mornings and hard to get out of bed.  We were 19C (66F) today and rainy, so I dug out my ugg boots – this qualifies as ‘winter’ here!

Still, there’s been some things that have really added value to my week.  So here they are so perhaps they can add value to yours!

💻 Posts I’ve loved this week:

Why Self-Awareness is the Most Crucial Career Skill you Can have–  wow, this post packed a punch.  I think it is particularly relevant to me as I’m in the middle of deciding whether to stay or go in my current role.  I particularly related to the following …

A couple of restructures later, I’d been moved from a job in leadership training to a job in operational training. And I hated it.

I never pretended to be sick or injured. But I was sick or injured quite a bit. Whether it was conjunctivitis, back spasms, or the common cold, I had quite a few days off.

Too many, apparently. I had to have an absence review meeting because my attendance percentage was too low.

They asked me loads of boring questions that I can’t remember anything about but one question stuck out and still sticks out.

“Why do you think you’ve been off work this many times?”

I paused. It was like they were accusing me. And that made me angry.

So I used that anger. I realised I was being given an excuse to say everything I’d held back from saying. I realised that I could take advantage of this.

I said “well… I honestly think it’s because I’m not enjoying my job.”

This whole passage was quite an eye-opener for me. It made me realise how your body tries to tell you what your mind might not be ready to acknowledge.  I’ve not been well over the past few years, and I wonder how much of that is work related.  Food for thought.

In fact, the whole SoulAnatomy blog was a new find for me this week.  So I’m currently working my way through some of their old posts and really enjoying it. 

📚 Books I’ve loved this week:

Oh books! I’m ashamed to say that I’ve jumped ship again.  Whilst I was enjoying Oprah’s book, the little vignettes weren’t satisfying enough, I wanted something I could sink my teeth into.  You’d think that would mean I’d go back to Essentialism and get that off my back – but instead I jumped over to Wellth.  I’m only a little ways in so far, and I’m still getting a feel for the overall message.  But so far, so good.  Hopefully next week I can report back that I’ve stuck with it!

I haven’t read it yet, but I also pre-ordered Joshua Becker’s new book The More of Less.   Can’t wait for that.  I’ll always have a soft spot for anything from Mr Becker – as I feel like it was his blog that really changed my life.  I’m also looking forward to the next round of Uncluttered, which was given free with the book purchase!

🎧 Podcasts I’ve loved this week:

Not a Podcast.  This week I discovered Colin Wright’s YouTube channel.  I must say that if it has taken me this long to find out that Colin has a YouTube channel, I probably wasn’t looking very hard.  Anyway, had a bit of a binge listen to his ‘Consider this’ videos today.  Lot’s of bits of wisdom.

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Videos I particularly enjoyed included:

Actually – just all of them.  If you haven’t checked them out, do!

📱 Apps I’ve loved this week:

Things have been going really well with Bliss.  I like how it mixes things up.  So one day you do a pure Gratitude style task, the next you might undertake an exercise about Transforming Problems or Honoring People.  Using this app has certainly been more successful than the attempts I’ve made in the past of keeping a gratitude journal – I think I can now let go of that empty exercise book that’s been sitting there for 6 months!

I’ve also managed to do three days in a row of Calm.  The getting up earlier thing does not look like it is going to be a reliable route into making meditation a habit as I’d hoped.  I’ve been doing it in the evenings, but I need to find that reliable trigger to ensure it does happen.  I’m still searching, but hopeful I’ll keep it up this week.

The other app which I don’t think I’ve mentioned before is Hydro Coach.  I use this to help remind me to drink water during the day.  It’s been a really effective tool in changing my behaviour.  It sends reminders when I haven’t drunk the water I should have to meet my daily goal (3L!).  When I don’t drink the water, it sends me messages like, “I’m concerned about you” – which makes me giggle and also jolts me into action.

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So that’s a quick run-down of the things that have made an impact on me this week. I hope that you get some value out of these links and items, as I have.

Have a fabulous week!

xx

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