Good morning. It’s another week and a day late. So much for Mondays.
Where do I start? Well, I finally moved the little table out to the living room so that I can eat dinner away from my desk. Why am I being so resistant to this? I’ve learned over the years that if I’m being resistant, there’s a reason. It could just be that I don’t like change. Or perhaps I just like the way I do things. I don’t know. I guess we’ll see how eating away from the desk goes. Maybe I’ll do a little rearranging of the living room and make a real dining space. I need to get rid of that big treadmill that I can’t use anyway.
As for my other goals… Well, I knew I wouldn’t accomplish everything last week but I feel like I should have gotten more done. Excuses or explanations? I seem to be constantly fighting illness this fall. I can’t seem to shake this bronchitis – allergies? And it seems that every other day I’m having some kind of stomach bug. And sleep is such a hard issue right now. For example, I fell asleep around 9:30 last night, woke up around 11:30 and didn’t get any more sleep the rest of the night. My goal today is to stay awake and try to reset my sleep schedule. Pain permitting. The weather is changing again and there is not one part of me that doesn’t hurt.
Complain, complain, complain.
What I’ve found is that most of my goals hinge on other goals. I’ve been trying to catch up on chores that didn’t get done while I was sick and I’ve made progress on that. But things like getting a plumber out here? I need to finish cleaning the bathroom again. The cats are really good at throwing litter around even with the high sided box and I want it really nice and clean before I get a plumber here (especially because the litter becomes mud with the leak from the toilet) and every time I get it cleaned to my standards I either can’t get the plumber here or I get sick again.
Maura posted some lifehacker tips yesterday that may help me prioritize my goals a little better.
1) Write out in great detail what an average perfect day looks like to you. Find one or two things in that day that aren’t in your average days now. Get them there. Repeat the exercise. (This is way simplified).
2) Make a nag list. Write down everything that’s nagging you in the back of your mind. (Damn, I need to pay the bills. The laundry is piling up. I really need to get new shoes. I must complete this … at work. etc..
I think a lot of my energy is going to regular household chores and I don’t have a lot left for extras. That’s a problem for me. Health and pain issues aren’t going to change very much short term and I want and need to accomplish some of these things. So I’m adding some reflection on what I’m trying to get done and which of those things belong on the top of my “nag” list. Honestly, I think the plumber comes about first. Just need to coordinate it with the cleaning.
And speaking of goals and chores, I need to get out and do some errands before exhaustion hits.