Okay then, so now what do you do with it? That’s the real issue. Tonight I’m taking action on my list. Pick one. Do it.
Here’s an idea for you. Make a list of about 40 or 50 things that make you happy when you are down. Yes you can do that. Just start and they will roll off your tongue. Now if some of these things are work things, kinds of work you might love, writing, designing, coding websites, helping others, eating chocolate – oops that’s not work. The idea is you might find that there are work things you love and are dying to do that just bubble to the top and you need to put them on the list. An artist might have a nature walk or calm time in a zen garden so they can feel again, and create.
I had things like read the comics in the newspaper for ten minutes. The next step is to put times on them. Blog on your facebook page might take 15 minutes. A long walk in the park might take 2 hours. Go down the list and put the time it takes to do this next to each item.
Okay now, if you typed it then rearrange it by time. If you wrote them on stickie notes or cards, rearrange or group them by time, highlight them in colors. 15 minutes or less, 30 minutes or less, an hour or so, longer, like that.
Now what do you do? . . . well there are times we get down. Try this. See what time you have till your next obligation, then check your list, pick an item that fits in the time slot and just go do it. Focus on the fun. Focus on a thing you like to do, fun, work, creative, serving others, whatever it is. You get the satisfaction. You get something done. AND it might be something on your list list – not the list of things that make me happy, but the list of all the things you want to do.
Frankly, if making me and others happy kinds of things are not on the list of things you want to do then something’s missing here. Toss the rest of the list and replace it with the things you want to do that will give you a chance to be happy, feel satisfied, get space, breathe and generally do good for yourself and others. Then instead of sitting around thinking how you want to do this and someday you might, go to bed tonight thinking how cool it was that you had a few minutes and just went and did it.
Time for this “to do” item was 15 minutes. I made a plan with friends. Each of us promised the others we would blog each day for 30 days . . . to solidly get the habit going again. It is now the beginning of day two. All of us did our blog posts, even the perfectionist who did not make it perfect but said she would just say . . . more tomorrow and add dot dot dot.
Your turn! Go do something that will make you happy in fifiteen minutes or whatever you got.
I just did. :-)
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