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Blognukkah ✡️ Day 2: How to Be Productive When You’re Tired

Last night, I stayed up until midnight to finish an assignment. I woke up at 6 am to the following good morning text from my sister: “beware, the dog took a dump on the stairs”. I walked tremulously down the steps, side-stepping and leaping away from anything that looked suspicious. Fast forward a few hours, and I attempted a workout, made breakfast (french toast with avocado, kale on the side), and am currently in my group therapy class.

In group therapy, we’re learning an anger management exercise where you say “what I see is ____, what I feel is ____, and what I need is _____”. For example: “I see that you came at 6 pm to our hike when we agreed on 5. I feel disappointed. I need you to be on time next week.”

This is a class I decided to take on a whim, through community college, so it’s completely separate from grad school. I’m going to do a report for work during the moments that this class lags a little. In class, I was paired with a girl named *Pauline who told me that she looked forward to getting paired with me in groups. “I wrote in the group therapy journal about a technique that we did together and how joyful you always are”. Guys, I cannot tell you how much this means to me. The most amazing compliment you can get is one that tells you that you will be good at your profession.

Update: It’s now 2 pm, and I finished a long report. I’m going to try to actually work out, unlike whatever the half-hearted push ups from this morning could be called. In the interest of full disclosure, I’ll tell you that I’m not down to work out. I’ve been in kind of a workout slump this week; assignments took over my brain and left no room for exercise.

I ended up working out and it was, hands down, the best workout I’ve had all month. I copied some of Whitney Simmons’ HIIT moves with weights, and then did her dumbbell arms workout. I’ve decided that changing things up is the key to keeping your workouts interesting during lockdown.

Home gym selfie

At 5 pm, my grad school group agreed to meet up to discuss our Psychometrics presentation. It is now quite a bit later, and I did a second report, as well as a Statistics group meeting, and a 2 hour session for the company I work for, Continuity Care.

It was a packed day and a really good one.


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Hi everyone! I started my doctorate in clinical psychology in fall 2020. A google search revealed that there are no current grad school blogs for psychology students. Anyway, I happen to know a girl who wants to document her journey to getting a doctorate (spoiler: it's me). Welcome. Hope you stay awhile!

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