This last few weeks, I’ve had a bit of a loss of motivation and need to reboot my ‘don’t break the chain’ productivity method, feel more motivated to dive into work and feel less deprived of real human contact, something I have been feeling deprived of lately; I’m relatively certain I have not hugged anyone in 2012 (nor someone me). 

I still haven’t planned a vacation for the summer or a birthday plan. I haven’t gotten a handle on my budget, though I do seem to be saving money at a slow rate. I am  getting my research together for a publication, though I still think I have a ways to go on that and my motivation to write has flagged a bit. I still haven’t talked on the phone very much or made much progress in figuring out a career path. In some ways, I am still not taking the best care of myself. I’m obviously still single- though I’m trying really hard to not be sensitive about it, not easy for me to do as I’m pretty convinced the best thing that could happen for me is to meet a girl I connect with. 
I read this HBR blog post and it hit the nail on the head for what I have been dealing with and the transition I am trying to achieve to healthier, more positive and more productive thinking. I feel part way there, though I still feel as though I am stuck in place and that things won’t change (though they do seem to change for the better for most everyone I know- maybe that will be true of me too). 
Maybe using this blog to keep myself more accountable will help; I can not just dump out my thoughts, but also use it as a record keeping and research device. I think I’ve laid out some of the goals I am trying to work on more here, so hopefully this will be a useful exercise now that I’m almost at 40 posts. 

Author: Ian Street

Ian is a plant scientist and science writer relating stories of plant science and scientists on his blog, The Quiet Branches as well as other outlets. You can find him on Twitter @IHStreet.

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