Tuesday, June 09, 2020
At the moment I have four daily "other goals" in Sparkpeople.
* Take Metamucil
* Make my bed
* Do the dishes
* Floss my teeth
None of these will help me lose weight or even be in better shape but they are important. I tell people if my bed is made and my dishes are done I feel like freaking June Cleaver. I don my imaginary pearls and get through the day with the class and panache of a 50s TV housewife. If I hang up my coat the minute I walk in the door I feel like Mr Rogers and sing the Neighbor song to my cat. I live alone so I am the only one who is going to pat me on the back.
The other two - Metamucil & flossing are just because "I should". No one is going to check my bowels or between my teeth to see how clean they are so that's not a motivator. Without a little check box on Sparkpeople to give me just a little squeeze of positive reinforcement, I'm afraid most days I would mean well but just didn't get around to it.
A couple days ago I was looking at my other goals and saw that I hadn't accomplished any of them that day. I then decided to time myself. I washed the dishes, made my bed, drank my Metamucil and flossed my teeth in under 15 minutes! Who knew I could get such a sense of accomplishment in under a quarter of an hour???
This is day 16 of measuring and logging everything I consume (even my 45 calories of Metamucil). I am moving every day and have even gotten to week 3 day 3 of Couch to 5k but nothing really gives me as much joy as spending 15 minutes a day proving to myself I can be relied on to do what I need to do. These Other Goals are making a huge positive change in my life, possibly more than eating and moving intentionally.
But now I want more. I want to set more "other goals" to my daily list. Maybe just another 15 minutes of things I "should" do everyday but don't necessarily get around to. I am still up in the air but have started a short list of possibilities. The plan is to write as long of a list as I can then choose three that would make the biggest difference in my life immediately.
* Clear the table off completely
* Take a multivitamin (I eat clean but am still falling short on some important vitamins)
* Deal with any clothing piled on my bedroom chair
* Sweep the kitchen floor
* Straighten my desk
* Touch base with one of three daughters, three granddaughters or one mom (that's 7!)
* Touch base with one friend
* Scoop the kitty box
* Find one thing in the house I don't love and donate it.
* Give the bathroom a good wipe down.
* Say thank you three times even if it is just to myself.
* Fix, patch or maintain one possession
* One act of self-care: a pedicure, eyebrow shape, a glamor bath, do my hair up....
Out of curiosity, what one daily chore would you put on this list? I am always looking for easy bang-for-the-buck new habits. It is so much easier to form new good habits than to extinguish old bad ones.