Since then I set alarm for the last time possible and always get up immediately
In theory my alarm is already set to the last possible time that I should get up at in order to fit the activities I want to do in the morning before going to work.
The difficult part is getting myself to actually do those activities instead of wasting time on the internet. And the repetition of failures leads to not getting up as soon as the alarm sounds, since what's the point? I can browse in bed on my phone.
However I have been successful this past week.
I have been applying my new method of preparing my breakfast tray the night before (2 mugs, tea bag, 4 biscuits, a small cup of muesli, a kiwi) and then in the morning getting up, boiling water on autopilot, preparing two mugs of tea (one 3/4 filled) and cooling down one mug by adding cold water after the tea has brewed.
Then I sit at my desk and review my goals while sipping the not-so-hot tea.
Afterwards I load a youtube exercise video (in Chinese) and exercise for 5 to 7 minutes (not necessarily following the video along).
Then I study (not languages) for 20 to 40 minutes, still sipping tea. (On Mondays, study time is shorter due to start-of-the-week logistics).
Finally I eat my breakfast and start my day.
Now, I need an evening routine, and I need to go to bed earlier...
My current ideal list is: 5' of housework-as-physical-activity, 15' of written language study, power down my computer, review my goals, prepare breakfast, get in bed, listen to my USB key (and parrot relevant phrases) while doing some light stretches, and then fall asleep at a decent hour.
(but the only part I've been consistently doing is listening to my USB key - at least the first few tracks).
Language-wise, not much to report. I did a little written work for Arabic lesson 7. Still listening to Chinese media during my commute (about 40 to 60 minutes per day). Sometimes I feel like I understand 60% of what the speakers are saying. Sometimes I struggle to merely get the topic. Globally I don't think I'm learning Chinese doing this. Merely maintaining my level and perhaps gaining a tiny bit of listening skills.
Need to reinstall Skype as it's not working on my computer and I will need it for some Occasional Saturday Chinese activities (the venue is closed for now due to coronavirus).
Working on my diet. I'm 1-2 kg away for my 2020 goal.