This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Erik Bertrand Larssen. All opinions are 100% mine.
On Monday I introduced you to a book called Hell Week: Seven Days to be Your Best Self by Erik Bertrand Larssen and I embarked on the #HellWeekChallenge. Today is about mid-week so I figured I’d check in and let you know about my experience so far.
First of all the book is written in a way that is easy for anyone to understand. The concepts aren’t wacky or crazy, but it gives you a structure to follow to commit to being a better version of yourself. Each day follows a different theme – a different area of you life that you evaluate and find ways to improve. Each day also has to follow 7 rules. You can find the themes and rules in my first post here: Hell Week – Seven Days to be Your Best Self.
I find the rules to be pretty easy to follow but I like order and discipline and they are things I try to do anyway, although I’ve been much more successful at actually following them this week than I ever have.
Below are sort of “journal entries” I made throughout the week so far. It felt like a great way to record my experience with the book.
Journal entry: morning of day 2
Yesterday was a day of evaluating my habits with the goal of correcting bad habits and sticking with the 7 rules of Hell Week. My main bad habits involve multi-tasking to the extreme, getting caught up in social media and not planning ahead for things like dinner and scrambling at the last minute. I am proud to say that I was able to consciously focus on these things and put great effort into changing these habits. When you become intentional about not falling into those habits, it’s actually pretty easy to do. The hardest part is identifying and admitting the problems!
Journal entry: morning of day 3
Yesterday was a bit of a blur. A lot of things happened to disrupt my schedule which I normally do not do well with. When that happens I find myself in “shut down mode” and can no longer do ANYTHING at all. It usually ends up with us ordering a pizza and me scrambling to get work done after the kids go to bed. But I paid attention to my modes and manages to keep myself in a positive, working, forward moving motion and actually made dinner and went to a baseball game where my son filled in last minute for a missing player and stopped by my niece’s softball game. Came home, finished up for a morning deadline and headed to bed and fell asleep instantly.
This morning had some chaos that I managed to stay in a somewhat productive mode for, while trying to manage my time better. It’s so easy to get distracted by social media when your job involves using it and being active on it. I spent part of yesterday streamlining my accounts so I only see the things I need to see in order to do my job. I feel empowered by that!
I’m finding this week to be way more chaotic than my normal weeks which is crazy that it’s also the week I am following the Hell Week program. Go big or go home as they say! I guess if I can be successful during a more intense week, I will definitely end on positive note knowing that I can absolutely be my best self no matter what life throws at me.
Off to go manage my time better!
Journal entry: afternoon of day 4:
I did so much yesterday! I scheduled it and got it done. I even scheduled future things. I’m a planner by nature and actually keep a daily planner but sometimes I don’t always keep it updated so yesterday helped with that. I even managed to get it all done while spending a couple of hours going back and fourth on the phone with my husband as he picked out new furniture for our living room. It was a last minute thing and something I would never ever do over the phone for such a large, important purchase, but I guess I was already stepping outside my comfort zone, which is today’s theme.
I think he did a really good job, I can’t wait for it all to be delivered!
This morning I was up early, got on my bike as the birds were waking up and ended up getting outside my comfort zone by riding on a gravel road that I had no idea where it went. I got lost but it it was a pretty ride and I ended up riding my longest ride of the summer so far. It feels amazing to be up and have gotten my workout in before the rest of my family has even had breakfast!
Looking for additional opportunities to go outside my comfort zone today despite it being my wedding anniversary. We have been married for 16 years which has flown by. It’s incredible how quickly time does pass us by.
So far I am really empowered by the awareness and focus that the #HellWeekChallenge has provided me, I look forward to seeing how the rest of the week plays out.
You can purchase the book for yourself on Amazon and don’t forget to follow Erik Bertrand Larssen on Instagram (@erikbertrandlarssen) and the hashtag #hellweekchallenge to see how other people are experiencing Hell Week, and share your own journey as well.