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A rundown of the first week of my March challenge

I made some plans last Monday, and now it’s time to check out if I did a good job on the first week of the challenge!

1. Health

(1) Go to bed before 11 p.m.

I didn’t do a good job. Actually I hit the sack over 11:00 p.m., like 11:15 p.m. and 11:05 p.m. on the first two days.

Unfortunately, yesterday my roommates and I gossiped until 1:00 a.m… Crazy!

I only made it on two days last week… Anyway, More power to me~~~

(2) Stand up and relax after sitting for a while from time to time.

It’s a flexible plan. I did more often than before.

(3) Take a walk every other day.

Actually I did it every day, though it wasn’t a long walk. My dorm room is virtually a stone’s throw from the nearest canteen…

But sometimes I went to a canteen farther away to pig out my favorite dish —— 酸汤牛肉 (suan tang niu rou), which is a tangy, flavorful soup with beef plus different vegetables you pick! It’s out of the world!

2. Learning English

(1). Reading The Great Gatsby every day.

I’m content with my performance on this plan. I read the book every day, but I think I should have reviewed it more —— there’re so many great expressions in the novel.

(2). Finish an English online lesson every day.

I did it every day. Give myself a pat on the back!

(3). Review for 15 minutes each day

I reviewed my notes on the app Evernote when waiting in line. But I don’t know if I spent 15 minutes reviewing every day.

3. My essay

Complete my essay by March 20th.

When an assignment isn’t given by myself, I have no motivation to do it… I’m sorry…

I made no headway in writing my paper, but I read a book of literary theory by Bakhtin, which was introduced on my optional class. Bakhtin really delved deep into dostoyevsky’s classics!

4. Reading and writing

(1). Read Chinese Literature for thirty minutes every day.

I fail to read books for 30 minutes every day, but I read it from time to time.

(2). Update a post every week.

I’m writing this post to keep this resolution! If you’re interested in my thoughts on the one-week practice, check out my reflection part below!

By the way, I went back home last week, and enjoyed an exhibition of Dong Qichang in Shang hai!

My reflection

I have to say, becoming a stickler is so difficult for me.

Paying too much attention to the destination —— in other words, my goals, somehow makes me stressed.

I feel as if I were in debt when thinking of those specific numbers I gave myself, like an hour, 30 minutes, 15 minutes.

Perfectionism forces me to strictly spend enough time on those tasks while procrastination or other things make daily task more difficult to finish than I expected. Often times, What I thought would be finished by 1:00 p.m. was actually completed at about 5:00 p.m.

Some plans that actually become my habits, like learning English, are easy for me to stick to, whereas something I really want to avoid, like writing paper, is rather tough to do every day.

Also, it’s important to work on these plans first when I have time. Usually when I procrastinate them until bedtime, I feel as if I’m trying to meet the deadline!

In addition, it’s good to read books before go to bed, but not the books that get my noggin jogging.

I find that high-quality time when I’m really focused is not that much as I expected before. Even if I’m free all day, I still can’t be industrious all the time, not even for six hours in one day.

It’s frustrating, but I need to be come to terms with the fact. After all, we need some time to just clear our mind, or embrace unexpected things from time to time.

I’ll be more flexible. I remember it took me over one year to make learning English a part of my daily life. Since I’m still developing new habits, just working on them every day is fine. Let me put the precise numbers aside temporarily.

It’s a matter of balance. Take my time~~~

Thank you for reading my musings! How is your March going? Do you have any plans to stick to? How do you descipline yourself into finishing something you actually don’t like? Leave a comment down below!

I wish you all the best! More power to all of us!

Vera from China

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3 thoughts on “A rundown of the first week of my March challenge

  1. You’re doing well! It’s impossible to be perfect, especially since your goals are so high. But don’t give up, and eventually you’ll achieve balance. I’m still working on balance in my life too. I haven’t heard of Dong Qichang, but his art is breathtaking! There is something about Chinese art that is so relaxing to admire, probably because they draw landscapes. I remember when a Qing dynasty exhibition came to my art museum. It was amazing to go to and admire all the detailed drawings!

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    1. Thank you for your kind words! They mean a lot to me as always.😊
      Dong Qichang is a phenomenal artist in the late Ming dynasty, famous for his calligraphies, paintings and his theory of Chinese art. Studying a lot of classical works of the artists he admired, he paid much attention to the expression of writing brush and ink. And he developed a simple, quiet, delicate and relaxing style of his works, where the vibe of Zen permeates.
      If you’re interested in Chinese paintings, I recomend James Cahill’s books to you!

      Good luck with you achieving blance in your life! 🙂

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