Hello! As I often do, I’ve made one more change to my plan. It’s fairly last minute, but now that I’ve started recording for March, I’ll be keeping the rest of my plan exactly the same.
I’ve changed my dependent variable. Instead of measuring my lifestyle’s effect on my mood, I’ve decided to measure its effect on my energy level. The point of this is that I find it easier to gauge my energy levels than my overall mood – sometimes I think I’m perfectly happy, and then BOOM, my whole mood shifts. Energy is a little easier. I can usually tell if I’m ready to work or if I’m falling asleep. Here’s my energy scale:
1 = I’m likely to fall asleep if given the chance.
2 = I’m not falling asleep, but I don’t feel like doing anything, either.
3 = I can go about my normal day. I feel worn out, but not sleepy or lethargic.
4 = I’m motivated and ready to act.
5 = I’m not only motivated to act, but eager to do so!
Yesterday (March 1), I registered about a 1 at 8am, a 3 at 1pm, and a 1 at 6pm (I literally did doze off at 6pm). So, as you can see, I had a very low-energy day today, and that seems like the norm.
Today, since I got 8 hours of sleep and woke up at 5, I would register about a 4 at 8am, and a 3 at 1pm. It was interesting seeing how energetic I felt in the morning. One thing I noticed this morning getting up at 5am is that I didn’t feel pressed for time to get ready. I don’t need to leave for work until 6:30am to arrive in my classroom an hour before the school day begins.
I am a morning person by nature. After work, I have no motivation to do pretty much anything work-related. One thing that pleasantly surprised me this morning was that I felt motivated to work once I had showered, and I was incredibly productive because I had a lot of uninterrupted time. While it’s true I have that time at night, I never want to do anything right before bedtime. I think this is going to do wonders for my stress caused by work.