There are some things that, no matter what else is going on in my life, when I do them, I seem to have a better day.
Here are a few of the things on my list:
- Meditating for 15 minutes
- Exercising – doing something that gets my heart rate up for at least 10 (ideally 20) minutes
- Writing a blog post
- Decluttering an area of my house
- Spending time outside
- Connecting with my friend Sarah
Having them on this list helps remind me to do them, because they’re not necessarily things I “feel like” doing in the moment. I don’t wake up in the morning gagging to go for a run or sort out the hall cupboard; when the phone rings, my automatic (introvert) reaction is to recoil, even when I see my best friend’s name come up on the display; and in the depths of winter (or autumn, or early spring…oh ok anytime the sun’s not shining) I really do have to generate myself to leave the comfort of home! I can even find myself putting off meditating, which I LOVE! Come to think of it, however much I may procrastinate about doing any of the things on my list, something they all have in common is that I almost always enjoy actually doing them (yes, even sorting out the hall cupboard. Weird, I know).
I’ve done this exercise (which I learned from Michael Neill; I think he writes about it in his great book You Can Have What You Want) with coaching clients and I’ve noticed that everyone’s list is different. Lists might include going for a walk in the woods, taking 30 minutes to read over a cappuccino in Starbucks, writing in a journal, meeting up with a group of friends, doing an exercise class, or taking special time out to play with a child or cuddle up with a pet.
What’s on your list?