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10 things to do every day!

I forget what was on my old one! This is my new list of what I aspire 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.


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Sep. 14th, 2011 10:08 pm (UTC)
I am SO BAD about doing dishes. I will let that shit pile up. Until I have no clean dishes. And I KNOW it'd be easier just to do them every day, or at least every other day, but noooo, it never happens until they are so piled up they are starting to teeter. LOL!

Sep. 14th, 2011 10:08 pm (UTC)
And I have a dish washer! No excuse, really.
Sep. 14th, 2011 11:12 pm (UTC)
going to bed early is the same as sleeping in, but in the other direction.

Sep. 15th, 2011 12:45 pm (UTC)
Can i repost this?!
Sep. 15th, 2011 01:56 pm (UTC)
You bet! I'm not sure why I friends locked it even. It's public now!
Sep. 27th, 2011 05:39 pm (UTC)
Now I don't know if you were making fun of me when you asked if you could repost this!
Sep. 27th, 2011 05:40 pm (UTC)
Youre the queen of following up! Ive just been busy with work and the gym this week! Its saved in a document on my desktop at home..!
Sep. 15th, 2011 03:29 pm (UTC)
I have to just remind myself that going to bed early is the same as sleeping in, but in the other direction.

This would be true except everyone knows the sleep had before 2 a.m. is nowhere near as restful and delicious as the sleep had after 7 a.m.
Sep. 15th, 2011 04:06 pm (UTC)
Sep. 27th, 2011 05:40 pm (UTC)
I hate that!!
Sep. 15th, 2011 08:45 pm (UTC)
I totally do the article thing too! I read two articles every day from the NY Times, but they aren't always challenging.

Does Facebooking a family member count? Or does it have to be a for-real email?
Sep. 27th, 2011 05:39 pm (UTC)
I think either is fine! I just have a hard time with FB messages on my phone.
Sep. 16th, 2011 12:20 am (UTC)
REALLY GOOD LIST. Particularly relate to #4, which is a really good solution for that problem!

Also email a family member. ... huh.
Sep. 16th, 2011 11:36 am (UTC)
I'm turning really music-weary and now I totally get how my parents relate to music. That said, I'm fighting it and have been listening to a LOT of radio, which I love. I am not a discerning seeker-out of music, so having a radio station on like XMU or AccuRadio Indie 101 really helps expose me to fresh stuff. I am so, so happy about satellite and internet radio. Living in Halifax is death on conventional radio options. I mean, there's always CKDU, but on CKDU you have to actively schedule in programs you're interested in, which doesn't always coincide with my free time. Even for classical music, I mean, I have a collection, but I LOVE classical radio. So much stuff to listen to, so little time to curate it myself, so easy just to turn on a channel and go. Although I think CBC 2's programming change was probably a good thing for the CBC, it took away the last FM channel I could reliably listen to. RIP Disc Drive *sniff*
Sep. 17th, 2011 01:32 am (UTC)
I like the new Radio 2 Morning & Drive a lot. A good mix of familiar & new Canadian music. Pretty mainstream, though.
Sep. 21st, 2011 01:23 pm (UTC) rocks. I read it every weekend. The quality has changed slightly since its original editor passed away this spring, but it's still a website that's very much above-average.

And it's okay that it's not the most lefty site in the world! Aside from the fact that it features strong criticism from all sides of the political spectrum, I think it's important that people do read news, opinion, and criticism that they don't agree with. If you're a pragmatist, then you want to know what the other side is thinking so you can knock them off their rocker. And if you're an idealist, then you understand that all opinions, when thoughtfully constructed and not discriminatory or morally out of touch, should be respected. (i.e., You can't actively disagree with a person unless you first respect his opinions, otherwise it runs the risk of becoming an ad hominem attack.)
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