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The power of discipline…and amphetamines 

22 Feb

Wow…what a difference a day makes. Where yesterday morning – especially anxiety-inducing following a long weekend – I felt a sense of panic, dread and gloom heading into work, today I arrived feeling…good. More than good in fact; I felt energetic, ambitious and optimistic about the day ahead. My to-do list is just as daunting, but I feel worlds better about tackling it today. 

So what changed? Not just from today but from prior experiences I can boil it down to three key things:

1. Discipline – I got up when my alarm went off. I ate breakfast. I made the kids’ lunches and got them off to school early. Before 9:00 I already felt productive which, as I’ve written on previously, I tend to equate with happiness and success (a topic for another post I’m sure). 

2. Doing Instead of Thinking – By getting up and “just doing it” I avoided my typical morning pitfall of overthinking things and getting caught up in my own mind. Most days I find myself drinking coffee (no breakfast) in front of the news and starting the vicious cycle of ruminating over my previous day’s shortfalls, feeling shitty about myself, procrastinating my start on the new day, and back again to ruminating. It’s true what they 

3. Vyvanse – It’s not a magic bullet, and it only works if I balance it with other coping mechanisms like the ones above, but this is the one drug that’s had an immediately noticeable impact on my mood. The test of whether it works for you: if it speeds things up and makes you hyper, you don’t need it, but if it actually slows things down to a manageable pace, it could be a perfect fit for you. 

Food for thought. Tomorrow…an update on what I’ve been up to for the last two years.

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At peace watching pee wees

17 Jan

I’m pleased to report that, at least at the time of writing, I’m feeling happy, productive and generally satisfied with life right now.

Did I get a job interview? Fix our broken dishwasher? Quit smoking? Even look at my to do list? No.

I’m watching my son – for now I’ll just call him ‘the boy’ – play pee wee hockey. And I’m having my happiest hour of the week.

I’m sure some of my contentment comes off the heels (and a result) of an outstanding week in my personal productivity. My pride is another obvious factor, and I’m sure it helps that the boy’s playing well.

Above all though, I think I’m feeling especially satisfied with myself because, at this very moment, I’m doing everything I possibly can to be the parent I want to be. I’m here, I’m cheering the boy on and I’m beaming with a pride I know he can see.

It may not sound like much, and I know I’m far from being father of the year. But at least for the next three periods, I am the dad I always wanted to be.

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