Tuesday – tea with coworkers

As there is no fixed schedule of when one has to be at work, the tea time is not at the same hour every day. And on some days, one may miss it, or have too much work and skip it on purpose.

Today i arrived at the office early, and by the time a colleague asked if i was good for tea, i was already a bit in need of a break. So the nice conversation with AA , after a long Easter weekend, on a sleepy morning was pretty neat :)

23 reasons to be happy today

Well, I guess it is true that a lot of ones inspiration comes from the things we read. In my case, this is already the 2nd time the title of an article inspires me to create my own [article]

So  here goes, the 23 reasons to be happy today :

  1. I woke up before the alarm rang and I felt really rested.
  2. I dreamt that I was at home, in my own bed. It was nice.
  3. My friend and flatmate made me coffee.
  4. My other friend and flatmate got up grumpy and I gave her a hug. She growled.
  5. I saw on the weather forecast that today’s max would be 26 degrees.
  6. I was not late for the shuttle taking me to the office.
  7. The mean lady did not ask who was getting off the bus at the BlueCo, so I did not have to raise my hand and draw the attention of the whole bus. The driver just took me there.
  8. I changed the appearance of my blog and I really like it now.
  9. I had a very nice talk with my manager.
  10. I had a really nice lunch. I had super un-natural orange juice to go with it.
  11. I then had some hot choco and I talked with a person close to me.
  12. I set up a meeting in the evening to go have drinks with friends.
  13. I got an idea for a blog post. And I am writing it now.
  14. I don’t think my hair is all that bad today.
  15. It actually is sunny outside.
  16. I will not procrastinate : I made plans to actually do something I HAVE to do today. And I am certain that I will do it.
  17. I may be employed for some 2 more weeks, but I get to go home anyway, and work from there.
  18. I have a wedding I am really looking forward to, next week.
  19. I have great friends.
  20. I realized that when I get home, I will get to wear my cute boots, as it is already REAL autumn/Italian winter there.
  21. At the office, I sat near the window so I get to look out and let my eyes wonder over the green grass while I am searching for the right solution to a certain issue.
  22. I feel good today. I am actually starting to accept the 5/2 , 8 hour workday balance. I think, at least. And I guess it is not that bad to have a stress-less job, and then have enough energy left to pursue personal projects. That of course, if the latter applies. In my case, I have only recently reached this level where I am comfortable with what I do, and where there are less and less stressful moments per week, as I go forward.
  23. Have I mentioned the fact that there are 26 degrees outside, and today is the 26th of September?

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May 19, 2011

Last month, i heard ( or read) somewhere that a good motivational technique, or, more precisely, a good way to maintain a positive attitude is to stop for an instant every evening and decide what the best moment of that day was. Thus, after one week passes, you can decide what the best moment of the week was, and then, the best moment of the month and so on.

i could see some advantages to the above activity.One major upside is the fact that it makes you remember the past day and shuffle through the events, fact that will probably reduce the negative sentiments that one might arrive with at the end of a day. Secondly, one has to remember and CONCENTRATE on the good events, thus reinforcing trust in oneself and positive attitude.

Theoretically, all good.

the first problem that i encountered was that the first day that i tried the technique – 1st of may – was a day so trivial that i had a hard time finding AN event, let alone one that made me feel particularly good. All that i had to choose from were routinely stuff, so the label “best moment of today” went to “SLEEP LATE”. Ok, i thought, maybe the next day would be better.

Monday. A day that i usually spend in class. Lessons from 10:30 to 5:45, supper, skype, sleep. I had already begun having doubts about the effectiveness of my experiment, but i still decided to continue and label “EAT GOOD PIZZA AT LUNCH” as the highlight of my day.

OK – but so far, it seems like i really enjoy sleeping and eating. Now that is what i call a positive conclusion about oneself.

3rd day. Tuesday. Statistics lab in the morning – a perfect chance to fail at following the teacher and actually gaining some knowledge. Then, lunch. Nothing too special about that either, so no more food items in the LIST. The afternoon : work. Yey. Peak of the day? A new episode of “How i met your mother” is available online.

So… eat, sleep and watch TV shows?  I think i will not make any more summaries of the ups of my days any time soon…