10 things to do every day!
1. Walk to work. I feel SO MUCH BETTER when I do this. I think my knee is very nearly well enough for this to be a reality again. Bonus: I actually get to sleep in if I want to walk, because my carpool with Josh and Jairus leaves at about 7:50 and I can leave at 8:30 if I want to walk (my work day starts later than Josh's).
2. Pick out my clothes for tomorrow the night before. I dread trying to assemble outfits in a rushed panic. When I wake up already having my clothes pick out, everything about my morning goes so much smoother.
3. Read one challenging article, all the way through. Preferably in one sitting. I am a curious person! I don't want my attention span to keep me from learning anything new. I know it's not the most lefty site in the world, but I often find long thoughtful pieces on Arts & Letters Daily.
4. Listen to one new album a day. Jesse has loaded me up with so much new music over the years (even going so far as getting a bunch of friends to send me new music for my birthday. So moving.), but I often get really blocked about checking out new stuff. I have been trying to figure out why this is. I think it's because I often turn to sound for comfort, and have been really craving familiarity on this front for a while. But I don't want to be one of those people who hasn't heard any new bands in the last ten years. So I'm hopping to it! I used to really like Yahoo radio for this, or Pandora. Because I'd get a mix of stuff I liked and stuff I would probably like. I discovered a lot of stuff this way. I find putting on whole chunk of stuff I won't know kind of overwhelming. Bleargh.
5. Make sure that before I go to sleep, my dishes are done and everything is in the garbage that needs to be. I feel self conscious typing that, but there it is! I'm really bad for doing something like taking the plastic off of a CD and then leaving it on the coffee table. Or letting my dishes pile up for a day or two, because I rarely have very many. But I feel like it would take me about 10 or 15 minutes a day to handle my garbage/compost/recycling and wash a sinkful of dishes. I will be happier if I do this!
6. Go to bed early. I have to just remind myself that going to bed early is the same as sleeping in, but in the other direction. I LOVE SLEEPING IN. Why do I hate going to bed so much?? Because someone might click-to-like something I posted to Facebook and I won't see it until the next day? DISASTER.
7. Brush my teeth before checking my email. I made this commitment and stuck to it for a several months before moving, and it really changed things for me. I don't feel like my day has really STARTED until I brush my teeth. I feel gross and morning-y and not really in my body. But also I of course want to check my email as soon as I wakeup (see above). So adding this incentive to teeth-brushing-first-thing was really great! It also kept me from doing what I would do sometimes when I got up to use the washroom, which was be all "Oooh but I might go back to sleep. I don't want to brush my teeth, that will just wake me up!" Because if I was awake enough to check my email, I was awake enough to brush my teeth! You know? Yes!
Oh wait! Here is my old list! Some of it is the same. I just went into WAY more detail this time. Okay, here are some additions from that list:
8. Check my bank balance. I worry way more about money when I have no idea how much I have. When I know what the situation is, I can plan for it. Uncertainty is what really wigs me out. But then I get too wigged out to actually check! Daft!
9. Post SOMETHING to my LJ. It doesn't have to be a giant personal essay, but there is so much stuff I post to Facebook with little-or-no comment every day. I could at least pull together a paragraph or two about how I feel about something and post it here, too!
10. Email a family member. Yes. This was on my last list and it really changed things for me. I got back in touch with an uncle of mine AND his amazing daughters who are now grown up! Family in Toronto! Amazing! I went to the baby shower of one of them on my second day in Toronto, and Jairus and I had dinner with them a few weeks later. This is so great.