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My insanity: let me show you it [Feb. 28th, 2014|05:46 pm]
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I am about to embark on a completely crazy project, and the only way to do it properly is to put it out to the world so that I have nailed my trousers to the mast ("don't you mean your colors to the mast?" "No, trousers; that way I can't crawl back down")*

I am starting a project that I'm calling "100 Days of All The Things." From March 1 until June 8, I am committing myself to:
  • Go to the gym daily
  • Cook healthy meals (except for days when we are specifically going out or doing something that takes me away from the kitchen, but no, "Eh, don't wanna cook; let's get Chinese.")
  • Read
  • Practice Italian
  • Journal (and not endlessly about this experience; actual, substantive journaling)
  • Do something crafty
I fully expect that by day 2 I will be wondering what the hell I was thinking. But if I can do this, I hope that I will develop some good habits that will stick. I feel like I'm doing too much "drifting" through my days. I want to live more intentionally. I will also continue working, and keeping house, and having time with Ferrett, and walking my dog, throughout this.

And now y'all know. So you can help keep me honest. Wish me luck.

*Extra Brownie Points of Extremely Impressed-ness for anyone who knows the original source of that slightly-rewritten exchange!
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[User Picture]From: lucaats
2014-02-28 11:49 pm (UTC)

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Ooh, is it Hyperbole and a Half? CLEAN ALL THE THINGS!
[User Picture]From: zoethe
2014-03-01 04:43 am (UTC)

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I am indeed inspired by Hyperbole and a Half.
[User Picture]From: p_m_cryan
2014-03-01 12:55 am (UTC)

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You will rock at this, because you rock in general. Because even though you don't succeed at all you do, you always TRY.
[User Picture]From: zoethe
2014-03-01 04:43 am (UTC)

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Thank you!!
From: anonymousalex
2014-03-01 02:43 am (UTC)

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I am already impressed, just with the scope of your plan. If me seeing you say you'll do it helps in any way to ensure you follow through, I'll feel even better.

And I can't quite place the quote, but it sounds Blackadderish.

-Alex
[User Picture]From: zoethe
2014-03-01 04:45 am (UTC)

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Thanks for the support.

And you're kind of close, in that it is from a British comedy, but not Black Adder or anything involving Rowan Atkinson.
From: anonymousalex
2014-03-01 02:19 pm (UTC)

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Argh, it's tantalizingly familiar. I just know I'm going to go "oh yeah" when you reveal (you will eventually reveal, right?)

-Alex
[User Picture]From: zoethe
2014-03-01 05:23 pm (UTC)

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Sure. It's from Yes, Minister. The best BritCom ever.
From: anonymousalex
2014-03-01 06:54 pm (UTC)

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Ah, I feel better now. I've never seen that one, so I feel better at not getting the reference (albeit worse about never having seen it, which has been on my to-do list for ages).

-Alex
[User Picture]From: kagomeshuko
2014-03-01 03:05 am (UTC)

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The original colors to the mast is sailing jargon, isn't it? As for trousers to the mast, I don't know . . .
[User Picture]From: zoethe
2014-03-01 04:46 am (UTC)

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The original is sailing. The exchange mentioned is from a British comedy.
[User Picture]From: becca_maru
2014-03-01 06:19 am (UTC)

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I have been feeling very similarly to what you describe and have been considering doing something similar. So I hope you'll post updates!
[User Picture]From: zoethe
2014-03-01 01:26 pm (UTC)

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At this point, my day is starting much slower than I desired. But I am dressing for the gym, darn it!
[User Picture]From: unmutual
2014-03-01 04:37 pm (UTC)

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This is an exceptionally awesome plan.
[User Picture]From: zoethe
2014-03-01 05:21 pm (UTC)

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I will definitely be looking to everyone for support!
[User Picture]From: wilhelmina_d
2014-03-01 04:41 pm (UTC)

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Best of luck to you!
[User Picture]From: zoethe
2014-03-01 05:22 pm (UTC)

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Thank you!
[User Picture]From: bunny42
2014-03-01 06:02 pm (UTC)

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For New Year's this year, I created something I call my to-do list. I located a spiral notebook calendar with several lines for each day. I assigned certain regular tasks to a certain day of the week, such as changing sheets and scrubbing bathrooms. But the really effective part of this is that I assign long-overdue chores/tasks to days of the week, and... I do them on that day. No excuses, I just do them. Then I can put a check mark beside them as DONE!*

My results have been mixed, but mostly positive. I'm actually doing the regular chores on the assigned days. And I've accomplished more to-do list items in the past two months than I did in the last two years. By far, the hardest part has been the actual motivation to get off my tuchas and MOVE! The anticipation is so much tougher than actually doing the deed.

When you have much to do, it can become so overwhelming that you just don't wanna do any of it. This way, I can look at the freshly mopped tile floor and smile with satisfaction that I actually DID something.

Your plan looks similar, if more ambitious (the cooking part does me in--also the gym) but I hoped you might find something in this comment that might help with your THINGS.

*I use pencil, so if I don't get to an item on its assigned day I can move it to another day. The important thing is it is down in writing so I can't just ignore it. Whatever works...
[User Picture]From: zzzzsleep
2014-03-02 04:59 am (UTC)

Cooking more often...

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I've found that having a weekly or monthly menu has helped us to avoid the whole "I don't want to cook, let's get take away food."
[User Picture]From: zoethe
2014-03-03 05:03 pm (UTC)

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The menu thing definitely helps. It's on my agenda to sit down and make one today.
[User Picture]From: cosmicbandit
2014-03-02 10:04 pm (UTC)

Good luck

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I've been wanting to get my act together, but I've sort of been skating up to the line and saying "Nope, not ready yet.".

I sincerely wish you the best of luck and lots of motivation with your plan. You do seem to have your act together, so I think you will have success.
[User Picture]From: zoethe
2014-03-03 05:03 pm (UTC)

Re: Good luck

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Some days my act feels together, and others it feels like it's splayed all over the place. I'm hoping to increase the "together" days!