Happy Monday to you! Be sure to come back tomorrow for some DG 12th Birthday goodness!
Do you have a Word of the Year? I always thought it was a frilly idea until I gave it a go last year. My word was present, and turned out to be a groovy way to set a theme, guide actions and remember an intention. Rather than a mega list of to-do’s or goals it’s a concise little thing to carry around. When things went astray I’d recall the word – whether in my head or muttering it aloud like a loony – and POW, it pulled my head out of the clouds.
Many times I forgot to remember the word (e.g. covered in cake crumbs… Oh yeah! PRESENT! D’oh.), but these things take practice!
Since 2012 turned out okay I’m calling the secret trial a success and have decided to say this year’s word out loud. There’s always that, “If I tell people, what if I cock it up?” fear but… accountability and all that, eh?
My 2013 word is Focus. It felt like a good one to build on the momentum from the end of 2012 and get that consistency happening. I know what I need and want to do, it’s just that tendency to procrastinate, self-sabotage, multi-task and wander down self-destructive and/or time-sucking side streets (e.g. Facebook Street, LOLcat Alley, Binge Boulevard, ho ho ho!).
So I’m focusing…
- On what’s important, on what’s meaningful, on the little things that make everyday life feel good.
- On only one task at a time.
- On one browser tab or Word doc at a time.
- And not focusing my energy on petty issues, perceived slights, drama that doesn’t belong to me, etc etc etc.
To give the Focus a bit of backbone, health and wellbeing wise, I picked three straightforward things:
- Write every day - basically the Morning Pages idea from The Artist’s Way book. Every morning you write three pages of stream-of-consciousness waffle. It helps shake out any deranged thoughts and set your compass for the day. I’ve been doing them for about eight months now but with no real consistency until this last two. It’s so helpful to get your ranty pants on first thing then just GET ON with your day!
- Continue the HAM Plan for the eating. Also watching portion size as that’s no doubt contributing to the maintenance
- 3-2-1 Exercise plan - 3 cardio sessions, 2 weight sessions and 1 yoga session each and every week.
Two weeks in and it’s all going great guns. Focus is a great word for muttering under your breath… must be the F? Also, I’m amazed at how much work gets done when not Alt-Tabbing between a dozen apps and brower tabs. Hmmmmmm.
Apologies to the Up & Runners for having already been subjected to a version of these ramblings on the Forum!