How much better would I feel life if I lived this particular mantra on a daily basis?
I did it today and it felt great. My alarm started ringing at 8 a.m. I got up, fed the dog, put her outside, and started a pot of coffee. I took a shower, got dressed, and put on my makeup. Then I poured a cup of coffee, ate a cup of yogurt and 2 clementines, and sat down to type out the notes I had highlighted in The Happiness Project. At 11:20, I stopped what I was doing and went outside to warm up the Jeep. I came back inside and continued my note-taking until 11:35. I left for my hair appointment with _____. After my appointment, I came home, ate a snack, poured a glass of wine, finished my notes, and wrote my book review on The Happiness Project. I then took notes on Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff for my own personal reference. Now, I’m obviously writing a blog post. It’s only 6 p.m. I still have plenty of time to accomplish more. Once I finish with this, I plan to vacuum the house. Then I intend to do some research for my next public blog post related to sex and sexuality.
I don’t have many days like this. Yesterday, for example, I felt like I accomplished very little. I stayed in bed until after 10 a.m. I spent over an hour at the Costco membership desk trying to sort out my membership and associated Costco AMEX. I then went to Meijer to do some grocery shopping for the upcoming week. I came home, planning to write my book review, but I was just too tired. I felt too mentally exhausted and physically drained to do anything thought-intensive. Instead, I did some very slow, light reading and watched 9 episodes of “Mad Men” on Netflix. I felt guilty for not writing at all yesterday, but I tried to remind myself that I had had a busy, stressful week at work and that I am still recovering from a sinus infection. Sometimes I just need a day of rest.
Tomorrow, I need to be productive as well as make time for fun. These are my goals:
- Write my next sex/sexuality blog post.
- Ride my bike.
- Hit the heavy bag.
- Do a thorough ab workout.
- Wash and put away laundry.
- Clean the bathroom.
- Finish reading the book for my next book review.
- Cook goulash for dinner.
- Prepare my scuba and underwater photography equipment for Tuesday’s excursion to the pool.
In addition to these goals, I plan on going on a movie date. If I plan to wake up at an early hour and kick ass throughout the day, I think I may accomplish everything on my list and still get to bed at a reasonable time (preferably no later than 9:30 p.m.). Here’s hoping!