Monday, 30 November 2009

Day 8

Well it was back to work today, and it turned out to be fair-to-middling. Picking over the entrails of the day, I am going to draw encouragment from the following:
  • I finished my book, and am about to start next.
  • I got a work colleague, who was suffering from a severe cold, a Starbucks' Gingerbread Latte - I think she was genuinely surprised by the gesture too.
  • I kept calm despite the various pressures and got through the key items requried.
So, not a lot to report but a good enough day all round. On reflection there are other things I could have included above, which must be a good thing!


Sunday, 29 November 2009

Day 7

Well, it's the end of week one of this blog. Although some of the things I've picked as positives from my life appear trivial, I'm pleased I can pick things out at all!
I'm also pleased that the days that it's been hard to pick anything aren't the days when I've been late and frustrated at work but rather the days I've done precious little. This suggests that things aren't really as bad as I sometimes make out!
Today, though, was a lazy day and I've ended up picking these three things:
  • I managed to get some rubbish taken to the tip (or cowp, as we'd say in Fife), after some weeks of meaning to.
  • I almost finished my book (of which more will probably be said on my main blog once completed).
  • I went to cinema and saw 2012 (not overly impressive) and Paranormal Activity (quite good).
I'm back to work tomorrow, which should throw up more positives (and negatives!). I hope to be able to blog more about other Positive Psychology techniques over the coming week.

Day 6

It's been another lazy day, so it's another day of lame positives - but I can't think of anything negative either, which must be good!
  • I managed to read a fair chunk of my book
  • After housemate was away for a couple of nights during the week, we spent quite a lot of time together, and to catch up with some of the telly we'd missed
  • I had another welcome sleep in
As I say, quite lame. Tomorrow should be less so - at least I'm planning on doing more!


Friday, 27 November 2009

Day 5

It's been another lazy day for me, but there have been a number of positives - here are the three that I'm recording for posterity:
  • I got a letter from my work confirming the options they're offering me in light of a greater commute due to office relocation.
  • I got an unexpected gift from (this) which turned out to be from my sister!
  • I managed to write a couple of posts in advance - obviously not for this blog - and these are now scheduled for Saturday and Tuesday!

Thursday, 26 November 2009

The Imaginatively Titled Day 4

Well, I've had the most ridiculously lazy day, so can't list a whole of achievements. That said, nothing went badly either... I can't, at present, discuss the most positive thing to happen today, so here is a rather weak and somewhat trivial list:

  • I managed to have the sleep in I never got yesterday, so feel much less tired now.
  • I had a stab at playing Super Smash Bros. Brawl on the Wii, which I borrowed from the Neighbours - and rather enjoyed it.
  • I watched the Tennis - Andy Murray beat Verdasco in a 3 hour battle. At time of posting, it's still not clear if that will be sufficient to go through - fingers crossed, though.


Wednesday, 25 November 2009

Day 3

Today, I had an impromptu trip to Bristol, of which there may be more to be said in due course... For now, the 3 positives are:
  • Being in Bristol gave me a chance to catch up with my cousin over a coffee
  • I got another chunk of my book read and feel like I really have got the reading bug back
  • Being home alone gave me a chance to enjoy the Children in Need Rocks the Albert Hall gig


Day 2...

Well, it's a late post today, but here they are:
  • I got through everything I wanted to get through at work
  • I had a lovely pint and catch-up with my housemate and one of his friends, followed by a Papa Johns pizza
  • I started my break... no work 'til Monday!
Goodnight, all...

Tuesday, 24 November 2009

The Daily Positives

I'm not a fan of the idea of using a blog as a kind of therapy, and I tend to keep my personal life out of my main blog. Recently, however, I heard a programme in which Dr Seligman of the University of Pennsylvania suggested one way to more a more positive outlook on life was to physically record, on a daily basis, 3 things that had gone well that day.

This blog, therefore, is me recording, and sharing, my daily positives.

first three are:
  • I got today's key item of work completed and approved
  • I was able to relax a bit and have a bit of banter with my colleagues
  • My holiday requests were okayed by my boss

For more on the inspiration for this blog, see here.