Sleep Pattern Changes

Tiredness has taken over. Tiredness is the reason I didn’t end up writing last night. I’m still feeling it now. It’s strange I didn’t use to have tiredness effect me this much.

There was a time where I woke at first light. I got up out of bed no problem. I had to have a quiet and dark surroundings. I couldn’t sleep with lights, telly, radio or people around me.

If the telly was too loud downstairs, I had to go ask for it to be turned down. I found it hard to sleep in a bed that wasn’t mine. Whether having a sleepover or away on holiday.

It’s like my mind has flipped a switch.

Most of the time when going to bed, I still need quite and darkness but that isn’t necessarily the case. I fall asleep during films, in the middle of the day. Sat on the sofa having conversations. Lights and noise have reduced keeping me up.

Having a lie in wasn’t a thing for me especially in the summer months. As soon as the sun rose I was awake. 8 am was the latest I was laying in to. Now it could be 11 am before I get out of bed.

When you hear your mum say “That’s not like you”. You know something has changed.

Through the tiredness, I’ve still had a good couple of days. Volunteering, seeing family and friends and seeing the Christmas Panto: Alladin.

Wage Rule and Room Change

I found a blog today on budgeting what you get from your wage. I’m trying to save up for a mortgage as well as live the life I want. But I struggle towards the end of the month to pay for my food shop.

Looking at the post over on Brit & Co site. The 50/30/20 rule is something I wanna see if I could work with. I’ve had a look at my pay period income. Seeing as I’m only halfway through the month, I’m not very flush. Here is my current tally:

50% – 220
30% – 70
20% – 0

These are the amounts I have left to keep me going into December. I’ve got the amounts on my notice board so I can see clearly and check before I hit the buy now button.

Think I need to go back to my simplicity core value. Be frugal to help me pull back my spending. Not gonna be able to save for a house if I keep spending my money. I’ve also said yes to events over the next few months which need paying for to and it’s Christmas next month.

Have you any posts or advice where I could help myself to cut down on spending or on being frugal in my life?

On a high note for me. I moved my furniture around in my room. This wasn’t the first time. I said last time it’s the last. Clearly, not as it took me an hour and a half to move all but my wardrobe.

I feel more uplifted on how it is laid out now. Everything is spread out more. I feel the room is bigger. I can close my blinds now too as the doggies cannot jump on the window ledge. Something my mum was happy about.

I’m not gonna promise I won’t move my room around again in the future. But I can see this as until future notice, possibly until I move into my own place, layout. Excuse the messy bed. 


Social Media is Constricting your Productivity

A post I really connected with. Social media used to rule me. Now I have one personal account on one platform. Only use it on my tablet. Not on my phone, I cannot just get my phone out to check my Facebook feed. Although, I still have moments of feeling I’m missing out, I don’t dread it anymore. Baby steps to a more productive me.


My routine while I was working on my undergraduate degree:

  1. Write a sentence
  2. Check Facebook
  3. Write a sentence
  4. Check Instagram
  5. Write a sentence
  6. Retweet something witty
  7. Repeat

I used to complain that I had a challenging time completing my work but really, I was constricting myself repeatedly without realizing it. Fragmenting your attention is detrimental to productivity.

In Cal Newport’s book, Deep Work, he writes about the way he practices increased focus and productivity in his academic and personal life. In the book, he outlined four distinct sections—ones that if you can master, your productivity will reach new levels.

  1. Work Deeply
  2. Embrace Boredom
  3. Quit Social Media
  4. Drain the Shallows

Work Deeply

Newport defined Deep Work as a constant and thorough stream of concentration. Involving yourself in Deep Work isn’t as simple as sitting down and writing your boring essay or completing your economics homework. Deep Work is about getting…

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I had more time on my hands than originally planned today. But I’m not getting into that as it made me swear at the time. I try not to swear on normal bases. I normally say something like bananas as a substitute.

My no telly day did not run onto today. I’m afraid, I’ve watched documentaries all afternoon/night. It’s funny how tastes change over the years. When I was younger, I wouldn’t even take a chance on a documentary. Now I love them.

Obviously not them all. There are some that don’t interest me. The ones today though have been emotional ones. I think I’m drawn to them.

I did start my research of helping others. I wrote some things down. But not ready to share. Not 100% on own feelings on the list really. But there’s no rush. Need to take my time before I commit myself to things.

I don’t want to mess anyone about or my mind. Something will inspire me, I’m sure.

Hope your day has treated you well.