Progress

Just wanted to share this as it made my day!

http://mobile.nytimes.com/2014/08/13/science/top-math-prize-has-its-first-female-winner.html?hpw&action=click&pgtype=Homepage&version=HpHedThumbWell&module=well-region&region=bottom-well&WT.nav=bottom-well&_r=1&referrer=

Sometimes I really wish I had stuck with my maths more after university. I guess I was too lazy. Maybe I should add that to my list of personal improvements!

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Progress?

So, as expected, keeping a blog is hard work.  When do people find the time to write it?!  I know when I should do it, when I’m procrastinating at work and achieving nothing (there’s a good 4 hours every day), but if I’m struggling to find the motivation to work I’m unlikely to find the motivation to write.  Although, at least this blog is about my favourite topic – me!

Anyway, stuff has happened since my last blog.  And other stuff hasn’t happened.  To give a run down:

  • I havent been for a run.  This is bad.  I’m working away for the rest of the week and I’ve brought my running kit in the hope that my hotel has a treadmill.  I would say its odds on that I’m essentially taking my trainers on little holiday for no reason.
  • I’ve had an above average amount of sex (for me anyway).  This is good.  Very very good.
  • I have been much better with my teeth and they seem to be getting whiter (they weren’t that bad in the first place – it’s my gums that are bad!)
  • Work has gotten busy again, which I should be pleased about, but I’m still finding motivation hard to come by.
  • I have felt guilty about not telling my boyfriend I’ve started a blog – I’ve never kept a secret from him before.  I don’t feel I can tell him following my first blog post where I said that helping him lose weight is an aim – he would be heart-broken.  Can you edit these posts once written?!
  • I’ve thought of a million and one other things that I want to improve since I made that list, and told myself for being too lazy to really think it through before I wrote it down.  For example, ahead of getting my boyfriend to lose weight, I want to lose some myself!
  • I found a hair on my leg that had been growing under the skin.  when I found it and freed it, it turned out it was about half an inch in length!  I nearly gagged!
  • I’ve been using moisturiser with self tan in to help build on the tiny amount on tan I got on holiday.  Its going better so far, with only my ankles looking a bit orange and patchy!
  • I have been annoyed at myself that I’m clearly not as funny as I thought I was – for some reason my blog posts aren’t coming out with the humourous twang I had hoped!

So that’s about it for now.  My next blog will most likely be a list of all the other improvements I want to make!  Does everyone give themselves such a hard time or is it just me?!

Spritz

Another area I think I need to improve in, especially for my work, is being a bit more on top of new technologies.  I genuinely find the new things I find out to be really cool, but I’m just rubbish (lazy) at getting round to seeking them out or looking them up.

A couple of weeks ago I got to try Google Glass, completely by chance, and was almost star struck by it – it had only been on the market in the UK for a week at the time and so it did feel pretty special.  If you’re interested in my view, I think it could well be the future, maybe not for social reason – I don’t think it will replace the smartphone or the tablet or anything like that, but I think there will be a number of applications for it in industries.  However, it needs to massively improve – it feels very temperamental at the moment and battery life is a bit rubbish.  The voice controls also don’t work that well (the guy showing it to us seemed to be able to control it better than the person wearing it).  I have visions of being stood a train station with Google Glass on and the person next to me trying to use theirs to looks something up but my Glasses reacting to their voice and showing me what they had requested!  Could lead to some awkward scenarios I’m sure!

I have finally gotten round to looking up the new technology for speed reading, in the format of Spritz (http://www.spritzinc.com/#) – I heard about this months ago, and then got reminded of it last week and have just finally gotten round to looking it up and having a go.  If you’re interested I got to about 500 words a minute.  It was a lot easier than I imagined but a little it stressful.  I don’t know what happens if you need to go back because for whatever reason you missed something.  Maybe I’m a cynic (actually I’m certain that I am) but I don’t really see it catching on, except for on things like wearables such as the Samsung Gear watch thing, but it is one of those things that unless it is adopted quite widely, people just wont be able to get used to it and it wont catch on.  That doesn’t mean it isn’t really cool though, and I like that they are challenging the norm with it.

Anyway, that’s just my view, but I’m not exactly what you would call a visionary so I will probably be proved completely wrong!

Getting started…. eventually

I created a WordPress account about 4 weeks ago.  I then havent done anything with it until today, except think about all the things I could write, if only I could get round to it.  It’s not that I’m particularly busy – in fact work for me at the moment is especially quiet – I just don’t seem to get round to all these things I think about doing.

This sums me up perfectly.  I have loads of things that I think about doing, but when it gets round to it, it just doesn’t seem to happen.

I have become more and  more aware of this over the years.  The company I work for is full of people who always seem to be doing something worthwhile in their spare time, triathlons, swimming the channel, learning another language, and somehow they always seem to be working harder and longer hours than me.  I struggle to keep up to date with The Great British Bakeoff (new series starts tonight!) – how do these people find the time?!

Eventually it got to the point where I felt I needed to admit something to myself (and the world):

“Hi, my name is B— and I’m a lazy person.”

This seems to be a taboo to admit – I imagine people admitting to a drink or drugs problem before they admit to being lazy.  Or maybe they’re just to lazy to think about it enough.

Anyway, enough is enough.  I’m doing something about it.  I am going to improve myself.  And this blog is a starting point.  Or at least it was meant to be.  And then I didn’t quite get round to starting it.  But I did start running (Couch to 5k), and so I guess that was my starting point.

My plan, if I ever get round to posting ever again, is to use this blog to document my progress towards an improved version of myself.  To set expectations about what posts will be about, the ways I want to improve are:

  • Exercise more (in particular be able to run 5k)
  • Become a better and more informed feminist (please don’t run for the hills – I’m not one of the scary feminists!)
  • Brush my teeth more (yes – I’m one of those gross people who only brushes their teeth once a day – now you see why I didn’t put my name earlier!)
  • Get promoted at work
  • Have a better sex life (I’m often just feeling too lazy….)
  • Help my boyfriend lose weight (I realise this is someone else’s self-improvement, but its something I need to do)
  • Be more tidy and clean more
  • Take more pride in my appearance
  • Generally become a more interesting person
  • Read more

Reading the list above, I have quite a funny imagine of how I think you will all now see me – a scruffy, fat woman with bad teeth, living in a pigsty with my fat boyfriend, yawning because we have nothing interesting to talk about, but I don’t think I am really as bad as I have portrayed!

Now for a plea for help – please comment or like or do something so I know you have read this – unless I know people are reading it is very unlikely this blog will continue – like all lazy people (I assume, I’m too lazy to actually look it up….) the best way to get me to do something is through positive results!

I will stop there – I have thought of other things I could include, but if I put them all in my first post it will take effort to think of something else to post next time, and I’m too lazy for all that!