An Exercise in Getting to Know Myself

I was on Gretchen Rubin’s blog and found that a while ago she posted a list of questions to get to know yourself better. I thought just for fun I’d ask myself these questions, share teh answers with you, and see if I feel any more aware of who I am. Plus I am so off the blogging game that I have very little inspiration as far as where I should be going in my happiness project.

If something is forbidden, do you want it less or more?
This would depend on the context. If something is forbidden because it poses dangers to myself or others then I really don’t want it. For example drugs are forbidden but they’re dangerous and don’t really hold any appeal to me. On the other hand, if you tell me that I can’t touch an birthday present until 5 o’clock and leave it out in the open all day I’ll be dying to open it.

Is there an area of your life where you feel out of control? Especially in control?
I feel like I’m not in particularly good control of my habits. I can’t seem to act consistently at healthy eating, exercise, wake-up times, etc.
As far as things I am in control of, nothing really jumps out.

If you unexpectedly had a completely free afternoon, what would you do with that time?
Probably come home and read a book, watch TV, or go to Target.

Are you comfortable or uncomfortable in a disorderly environment?
Very uncomfortable.

How much time do you spend looking for things you can’t find?
Not very much time at all.

Are you motivated by competition?
I almost said yes. But the truth is I am mostly motivated by a fear of failing to meet expectations.

Do you find it easier to do things for other people than to do things for yourself?
It depends on what it is. Probably other people though. Unless it comes to frivilous spending. I have a hard time spending money on other people. I am a bit stingy.

Do you work constantly? or think you should be working?
I have focus issues so no I don’t work constantly. I am constantly multitasking.

Do you embrace rules or flout rules?
Embrace them.

Do you work well under pressure?
To a certain extent, yes.

What would your perfect day look like?
Sleeping in, a yummy breakfast, a quiet morning reading, an afternoon spent binge watching TV, a sunny evening to take the dogs on a walk. Candles lit, 65 degrees, and a light breeze.

How much TV do you watch in a week (include computer time spent watching videos, movies, YouTube)?
15 hours maybe.

Are you a morning person or a night person?
I am definitely more of a morning person, but only once I’ve gotten out of bed.

Do you like to be in the spotlight?
Not really. I like to be remembered but I don’t like to be the center of attention.

Is your life “on hold” in any aspect? Until you finish your thesis, get married, lose weight?
In some ways yes. I keep telling myself when my life is back in order I’ll get back into exercise. When my life is more in order I’ll catch up on my daily bible readings. I need to change this. Or at least I want to.

What would you do if you had more energy?
Exercise, clean, take up hobbies.

If you suddenly had an extra room in your house, what would you do with it?
Make it into a gym so that I’d have no excuse for not going. I already have a reading room 🙂

What people and activities energize you? Make you feel depleted?

Energize- Getting things done. Being able to check things off my list. Accomplishing what I set out to do.
Deplete- Too much forced socialization. I genuinely am an introvert and hanging out with people often, and for extended periods of time makes me cranky.

Is it hard for you to get rid of things that you no longer need or want?
In general, no.

Do you get frustrated easily?
Yes, I do.

On a typical night, what time do you go to bed? How many hours of sleep do you get?
Go to bed between 9 and 10:30 and get anywhere from 7-9 hours of sleep.

If at the end of the year, you had accomplished one thing, what is the one accomplishment that would make the biggest difference to your happiness?
I think I’d like to have a consistent routine and more energy. I’d like to consistently exercise, consistently clean my house on a certain day, and just feel more energized all the time.

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