02BA7: Routine Challenges

Tuesday Tinola

Metro Manila Community Quarantine - Day 927

Some minor hiccups at work today, but they were quickly addressed. I'm more annoyed that a few things slipped past me and this is making me want to go back to study my workflow and figure out other ways of optimizing things. There's keeping on top of tasks, but then there's also quality control and keeping up with correspondence. 

Still working on my quick capture efforts. The Google Tasks shortcut on my phone is still a great addition to my process and that helps me on the task front. My notetaking still feels a little awkward at times or at least not automatic enough for my comfort. And I know it's going to take practice before it feels organic to my process, so I'll just keep at it for now. 

I haven't been pushing myself as hard as I'd like on the workout front. Increased O Bar frequency and late-night gaming activity on the weekend have all but eliminated workouts on Saturdays and Sundays. During the week I tend to default to yoga (which still takes effort) and clearly not enough circuit training or strength workouts. I'm still keeping up with my steps, but I haven't been checking all my boxes regularly. 

I know a lot of it has to do with being afraid of injury. The last few times I've done more strenuous activity has left me aching or hunting a lot longer than I used to. In some cases, it's just soreness. But other times I have seriously pulled something or over-exerted, thus forcing me to take longer recovery breaks to get back to the level I need to be. And I know that lingers in my head whenever I figure out what workout I plan to do upon waking. 

It's a bit of a chicken and egg situation. I won't be able to build up strength unless I push harder. If I push too hard, then I injure myself and I have to stop working out. And now I wonder if I've lost too much progress from my last injury cycle that I can't quite push as hard as I'd like...so now what? It all sounds a bit silly to write about, but maybe writing about it will help me figure out a path forward.

To assuage my guilt a bit, I've been trying to mix and match different yoga videos to create a longer workout cycle that has a greater impact. So I can start with a milder yoga flow then add a more strenuous vinyasa flow. Or I do a grounding flow and then pick up the dumbbells after for a few sets to somehow balance things out. It's not amazing, but it's still something. I'll get over the weirdness eventually.