JUST DO ONE THING
Get off the sofa today! It's time to embrace this gift of time and stop sulking. Here's a list of possible ideas to get you feeling productive and accomplished.
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Be honest - how many movies and shows have you watched on streaming TV? I get it, we need a little humor, levity, and mindlessness in this time to take our minds off reality. Laughter, after all, is one of the best forms of medicine and a great stress reliever.
But - enough with that already. The television will be there later. Get yourself up and get something done that will make you feel accomplished. After all, do you really want to look back on this time and say "I wish I would have..."????
One of my favorite quick read books is MAKE YOUR BED by Admiral William McRaven. It is a straightforward, no nonsense take on life. And, he has some excellent words of wisdom that often resonate with me.
“If you make your bed every morning, you will have accomplished the first task of the day. It will give you a small sense of pride and it will encourage you to do another task and another and another. By the end of the day, that one task completed will have turned into many tasks completed. Making your bed will also reinforce the fact that little things in life matter. If you can’t do the little things right, you will never do the big things right. And, if by chance you have a miserable day, you will come home to a bed that is made—that you made—and a made bed gives you encouragement that tomorrow will be better. If you want to change the world, start off by making your bed.” - Admiral William McRaven
So, in the same vein - get up today. Enjoy breakfast with your family. Take a shower and change out of the same sweatpants you have been wearing for a week. And pick ONE THING to accomplish today.
My one thing - this junk drawer!!!!
So pick something - anything - to get your mojo going. I can't wait to hear what project you tackle or new thing you try. Share your ideas or accomplishments.
Maybe your one thing is to just let loose and do something you wouldn't normally do.
Maybe it is a chore or task that you have been neglecting.
Maybe it is a little self care that you desperately need.
Maybe it is just something to "turn that frown upside down..."
Maybe it is something you have always wanted to start but never had the time.....
Maybe it is learning something new.
Maybe it is sharing some kindness.
Whatever it is - set a goal and get going!
Need an idea....... scan this list for some motivation!
call, write or video chat with someone you haven’t talked to in a while
Send a card to a nursing home
Clean your junk drawer
Put your laundry away
Wash your sheets
Vacuum your sofa
Organize your pantry
Find a way to give back to those in need
Take an online class - check Udemy, your library for gale courses, Outschool, etc…
Listen to a podcast that is not political in nature
Watch a Ted Talk
Start a journal
Do a daily reflection
Stretch or foam roll
Take a walk outside
Stand barefoot in the grass to get grounded for 3 minutes
Balance your checkbook
Purge your email inbox
Make paper flowers
Try a new recipe
Make a meal plan for the week
Purge old magazines
Iron clothes so your closet is ready when the world is ready for us
Oil your wood cutting board
Sharpen your cutting knives
Check the dates on food in your pantry - purge what is expired
Check your spices - purge old containers
Clean your bathroom drawers/cabinets
Wash your makeup brushes
Purge old makeup
Organize one of your old “hobbies” to make them easy to access and use more often….. art supplies, essential oils, bike equipment, etc….
Organize your nightstand
Color code legos so they are easy to access and build new creations - use recycled plastic food containers, boxes, etc….
Move your winter wardrobe out of your closet
Pick one area of your garage to clean
Clean your windows screens
Find a yoga video online and do it
Practice deep breathing/meditation for five minutes
brush/groom a pet
Organize your closet by color
Give yourself a pedicure or manicure
Do a life plan - Check out the book, Living Forward by Michael Hyatt
Chart your dreams or do a vision board
Have a dance party
Stream a Workout or get on your fitness equipment
Categorize your digital photos
Put together a photo album
Start/Create a new daily planner
Play a game with your kids
Make a veggie tray for an afternoon snack
Make your own salad dressing
Clean the inside of your car
Purge your holiday decorations - do you rally hand that ratty old wreath that Aunt Gertrude gave you 20 years ago?
Re-arrange the art on your walls
purge/re-organize the magnets on your fridge
Fix something that’s broken
Polish your shoes
Start a gratitude journal
Make your bed
Clean your stove
Do some spring cleaning in your yard
Ride your bike
Plant some seeds
Give yourself a facial mask
Paint designs on your window for spring
Explore holistic or natural remedies for body, mind & soul...... meditation, crystals, essential oils, teas, plant based eating, etc....
Make your bed
Give yourself some purpose and discipline for the day. Set a goal for the day. Accomplishing just one thing will help create some sense of purpose and help perpetuate motivation.
Don’t let yourself get stuck in analysis paralysis. Allowing yourself to get STUCK can lead to sense of depression, binge eating, bordeom, and un-productivity.
SO JUST DO SOMETHING. ONE THING. Because allowing yourself to get stuck in the chaos of this situation will not leave you poised to launch when it all passes. Allowing yourself to get stuck in the cycle can lead to anxiety, tension, mood swings, and stress. Instead create a springboard for future success.
Your future self will thank you.