Hold me to this …

I have recently had an epiphany … I’ve forgotten how to try. 

When I was younger, everything needed effort. I had to work hard to get through university, and work crappy old jobs after a full day of classes. Once I finished school I had to learn how to do a job, and how to cook and manage a house. Then I had to learn how the stock market works, and how to save money. You know the drill. 

But now, as a fully grown adult, I don’t really have to put in any effort. And, in fact, I have forgotten how to actually put my nose to the grindstone.

This week, this one week, I’m going to put on effort in one area – working out. At least 5 times in the next week I will work out first thing in the morning, before I do anything else. Well, I’ll feed the cats, but then I will walk or use the elliptical or go to the gym at work. 

Hold me to this, will ya?

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A little more design in my days

As I wrote about in my last post, I was lax in my routines for the past several months. So I made a vow to myself to be more mindful …

Do you remember going back to school in September, and your mom or dad (or teacher) would tell you that you had to just buckle down and do what needed to be done (typically homework or piano practice)? I recall being royally ticked when my parents told me to do something, but I did it anyway – stomping my feet the whole way. So I’ve been talking to myself like a parent. Just put the dishes in the dishwasher and clean the kitchen before you go play. 

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I have a morning problem. I’m always late for work. Not a lot, usually about 7 minutes but sometimes as much as 30.

This week I’m trying something new to me. I get done what I need to (dressing, washing dishes, making the bed) and THEN I hit the computer. My worst habit is sitting at the computer from 5:35 am until about 7:15 am then realizing I have to leave in 20 minutes and I’m not showered, let alone dressed!

So my blog posts are out of whack. But I’m getting to work on time. I was early yesterday (early!) and if I don’t spend too long proof reading this, I’ll have time to drop clothes at the dry cleaners and I’ll be at the office by 8.

Routines by priority. Why didn’t someone tell me about this before?

(hitting publish at 7:29 am EST)