As you may have noticed, I talk about food a lot. Recipes, meal-planning, and all the kinda thing. And I like food, but mostly, I’m just trying to get back into a routine.
I like routines. I have some that I don’t think I can ever break (for instance, a cup of chai first thing in the morning, rain or shine, cold weather or warm; or my daily photo which I may have to do forever, just because it feels weird not to). But I tend to pick up habits for random amounts of time only to leave them by the wayside for reasons unknown. Okay, not always. Over the past year when I was sleeping 98% of the time, many of my routines and habits were left by the wayside because you can only do so much in 28 minutes a day.
One habit I was in was meal-planning for the week, and I hope I’ve given myself a kick in the butt to start that up again. Another habit that I thought was really good for me hasn’t been in the mix since oh, January 24, 2010, according to my records.
I used to keep a notebook with a list of five good things that happened each day. I started on 10/18/08, which was a good plan because traditionally October is my Month of Doom. But my last entry was 1/24/10, and the handful before that were pretty puny. I was trying to keep it up, but I was so tired that it was hard to think of anything, let alone write it down. It got to the point where I wanted to write:
“1. I wrote this entire sentence before falling asle”
So I stopped.
I liked keeping this list though. I liked thinking about things that happened throughout the day and telling myself, “Oh! I should write this one down later!” and I like looking back through my lists and remembering stuff I forgot about. I’m not a very consistent or detailed journal-keeper, but five short things a day is doable, right?
This is all a long-winded way of saying: This week’s challenge is to write down a list of five good things about each day. Who’s with me?