I am currently listening to the audio book, “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up”, by Marie Kondo. It’s basically a self help to reducing clutter in the home resulting in a much more enjoyable, relaxed home life. I drive what feels like a billion miles a day to and from yoga classes, so I felt it was time to put a pause on Howard Stern and get some life skills going. While listening I’ve been thinking about other areas of my life in which I can organize more. In general, I consider myself an organized person, however, I feel I can be more organized. So I thought, I need a list of to do’s for EVERY SINGLE day. I have my to do list of things I need to do, but not a daily ritual list. Now, don’t kid yourselves, I did this list to help myself as much as I did it to inspire you TSPeeps to maybe do the same to get some things in order. Feel free to use mine to inspire you, steal some of the things I do, or better yet, add to the comments what you do that I don’t do so I can add them to my own list. After jotting down all the things I need to do (or mean to do) everyday, I realized there is actually a lot. However, now that it is all down on paper, I actually feel much more organized and well rounded for everyday. Try it. It’s awesome. Declutter the brain.
Ok, let’s get this list started.
1. Express gratitude for three things every morning. I’ve talked about this before…it’s the easiest and most efficient way to put a positive spin on your day. PS. This morning I heard on Eric and Kathy (Chicago’s 101.9fm The Mix) that saying “thank you” to your spouse everyday for perhaps a favor they did or cleaning up the dishes, helps sustain a happy marriage. Love it.
2. Drink something warm at least once a day. My go to is warm lemon water (tons of benefits) in the morning and tea at night. There are SO many different kinds, David’s Tea “Mother’s Little Helper” is my favorite sleep time tea. Also, does my hot spiked apple cider count?
3. Drink at least six to eight glasses of water every day. It’s just a good idea all around, for obvious reasons.
4. Move my body. Whether it’s a home work out, yoga or run, I have to move this body. Not only for staying in shape but for keeping it active and the joints lubricated. Yes, I said lubricated.
5. Read something…anything. My dad reads a book or two a week (not kidding) and always encourages us to read as well. I told him I was reading “Salem’s Lot” by Stephen King which I totally assumed he’d roll his eyes too because it’s not his genre at all. Instead I heard back, “doesn’t matter what you read, you will always learn something new regardless of what you’re reading.”
6. Reach out to at least one family member and friend a day. I’m a total friend and family stalker. I look at it this way, I realize everyone is super busy and many with children. I know they don’t always have the time or priority to call. So, I make it my duty to keep in touch as often as possible. It’s my pleasure to do so.
7. Drink my 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar. Nicole totally turned me onto this idea. There are so many benefits to incorporating this in to my daily life.
8. Moisturize and care for my skin. Ever since I was young, I have been obsessed with moisturizing. I have since changed my regiment but all the same, still obsessed. These days I am using coconut oil all over the body including neck, feet and cuticles. I put a bit of Laura Mercier coconut almond skin butter on my arms and then lotion and oil on my face. What kind of oil you ask? Depending on the situation of my skin….sometimes coconut, sometimes olive oil. PS. Michelle is a total fan of using coconut oil as shaving cream. How haven’t I thought of that yet? Done and done.
9. Make my bed. I cannot go thru the day with an unmade bed whether I am home or not. It’s my way of feeling somewhat organized and ready to begin the day!
10. Check my to do list. I use the iPhone’s “reminder” app for all my lists. Everyday I check what needs to be done and do my best to get things done! I feel like I have so much going on that if I don’t jot down what to do, I will probably forget to do it.
11. Eat my vitamins. I don’t mean take my supplements, I truly mean to put the essentials in my body through eating. I take supplements when need be, but I am definitely trying to eat more of what my body needs than taking supplements. Perhaps a smoothie packed with nutrients in the am and then a delicious soup or salad overflowing with eatable vitamins in the evening.
12. Meditate in some way, shape or form. I have to get some breathing time in, so whether it’s in the shower or on the mat, I make it happen. It helps me to slow down and not freak out over the little things, like really bad drivers.
13. Check and RESPOND to my messages (phone, text, email, facebook). I struggle with this. I need to set aside time to do this and pay attention to what I’m writing, if I need to save a date or get to an “action” part of the message. So many messages, so little time.
14. Straighten up the house. I take one day a week for a deep cleaning, which is way over due at the moment, so count on that being done after this post. But everyday I try to find time to clean up and put things in order. In the audio book I am listening too, the goal is to declutter to the point that you will never have to tidy up again by having a less crap and a place for whatever you choose to keep. Is this seriously possible? We shall see. They say sweeping is meditative as well…so, yup, you guessed it. I love to sweep our floors.
15. Check my schedule for the following day. Although my schedule is pretty set, I need to check my daily, weekly and monthly calendar to make sure I don’t double book or forget an event or party. I keep a calendar in my phone as well as a good old fashioned, color coordinated calendar book on my desk.
16. Write. I have a few different projects going on. One which has been in the works for years, a fresh new idea I am working on with a friend and of course, TSP. I need to put time aside everyday to write…something. In the least, I need to keep track and record my ideas in the event I don’t have time that day to write to fruition.
Ok, well, it appears I have a ton to do right now so I gotta run! If you think of anything I should be doing daily, of course besides making out and drinking a glass of vino, add it to the comments. Looking forward to hearing your everyday must do’s!
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