I’m really enjoying this book, HOW TO DO EVERYTHING AND BE HAPPY by Peter Jones. I suppose it helps to find a fellow list-maniac, even if it is a surprise when even he suggests cutting down on the list thing.
I had a chore-filled weekend rather than a work-filled one – or that was the plan. I was going to do a load of washing, until the washing machine needed attendance. I had to clean out the filter, but by the time I got it out and back in again, half of Saturday had already gone. And the filter wasn’t blocked anyway. The machine isn’t drying properly – it isn’t spin-drying very well and instead of tumble-drying it’s tumble-moisting.
During the dog walk I wandered up to see our resident washing-machine-repairman, but his shop was all closed up so he must have been out on a job. I’ll try him again today.
On Saturday night I finally made it to my first gig in about 5 – 6 weeks, which was nice.
On Sunday aside from chores I did more reading. I didn’t take the dog on his slightly longer walks as I can’t really justify the petrol money at the moment. And, of course, the weather forecast was atrocious and we’re better off staying close to home, if we can.
I almost forgot about my Sunday radio silence and caught myself checking Facebook on the mobile phone far too early. I’d already “liked” a couple of things, commented to a couple of people, and was halfway through writing a status update of my own when I remembered. So I switched it off again. I’d like to say I didn’t check it throughout the day, but at least I wasn’t obsessive about it.
Sunday teatime my (nice) next-door neighbour’s bloke brought me a mini-greenhouse a friend of his was giving away. He even assembled it for me, and today he’s fetching the shelves over. He also came bearing 2 small trays of sweet peas for me to pot up.
And I have lists. OH do I have lists.
I have a bucket list, which is really a travel list as it happens, and it includes the following:
- the Galapagos
- Easter Island
- orang-utans in Borneo
- lemurs in Madagascar
- safari in Kenya
- the pyramids
- a canal holiday in Bruges
- the war graves
What places would be on your bucket list? Do you see a theme in mine?
After the bucket list I did an “I want” list, and off that list I had to pick just 3, then I listed just 3 things each that would help me *start* to achieve those. Apparently, as we cross one of the 3 sub-items off the list we add another at the bottom. Here are mine:
- write another book
- read through all of what I already have
- collate everything together and write a new outline
- complete current chapter
- get fit
- start with 10mins of yoga each day
- walk dog every day
- finish eating at 8pm
- plant up the garden
- punch holes in galvanised containers
- get bean poles/canes
- fix trellis x 2 to fence
What would yours be?
Honestly, I cannot recommend this book highly enough. It really is a must-read because I can’t (and shouldn’t – else you might not get the book yourself …) do it enough justice here.
I was up at 7:30am this morning, so we’re getting there with me starting the day earlier. I had a glass of juice in front of the news while I waited for my pain-killers to kick in (the back is in bits at the moment, which I think is a combination of sitting slumped over my desk for much of the time and standing for several hours Saturday night). I did my 10 minutes of yoga, having already pre-programmed the Wii with a very short routine that I can build on and that cuts out all of that unnecessary time-wasting in between activites. And then I had breakfast downstairs instead of at my desk.
Breakfast should not be eaten at the desk. It means dirty crocks start to stack up in a place other than next to the kitchen sink. It means I segue straight into work and forget to get dressed. It means I end up spending even longer at the computer when I should be doing other kinds of work right away from the distraction of the internet.
So, I’m up, fed and dressed and ready to go nearly 2 hours earlier than I usually am. I hope I can sustain that during this week. I may pop to B&Q in my lunch break to cost up bean poles (canes) and trellis, and during our dog walk I’ll try washing-machine-repairman again. This evening I have an area meeting in Sheffield with the Ramblers. The rest of the time I work.
Here’s this week’s to-do list:
- update blog week-daily
- daily comps (excluding Sunday)
- walk report
- edit historical novel #1 (needs to be completed this week)
- proof-read non-fiction #1
- daily dog walk
- SYNED (area Ramblers meeting)
- household chores
- update gig list
- proof-read non-fiction #2
- haul out CATCH THE RAINBOW and do the above
- weekly invoices
- drop off/pick up work
- hair appointment
- transcribe national service book tape #1
- visit Dad (and Mom) for Father’s Day.