My writing is scattered around various blogs, groups, and journals. I set up this blog last year when I left the UN. But I didn’t come back. It took about a year of puttering before I found my stride. And now I’d like to write more regularly and collect my musings. Please leave me a comment to let me know you’ve stopped by!
In the past 18 months, I’ve created my own law practice. It’s thriving. I’ve learned how to run a small business. I’ve started creating systems and operating procedures. And I realise more than ever the need to take care of my key asset – myself.
It’s so easy to look at email and troll Facebook before I’ve done anything else in the morning. And I hyper-focus on taking care of my business, to the exclusion of movement, rest, and recreation. This is not a set-up for success. If I stay the same, I will get stiff and fatter. If I make the effort, I will feel better, have more energy, and enjoy life more.
So last week, I decided to create a success ritual. Three simple steps:
- drink two glasses of water
- eat breakfast
- add some exercise to my morning routine. Just 20 to 30 minutes. My choice of intensity.
Great idea. And today, I’m sitting on the couch with a wicked sore throat and a fever.
Good thing I have coffee. 🙂
This week, I am adding to my list
- get enough sleep
That means I probably need to keep the iPad out of my bedroom. Being sick messes with my routine. I love binging on Netflix cop shows. Elementary is my current addiction. I do love Sherlock as well, but for different reasons.
My little success plan is simple. And that’s why it will work. I famously create elaborate project plans, only to get distracted and forget entirely. These simple steps are concrete and small enough that I don’t encounter much resistance. And that’s a win.
Feel better. I love the simple plan!
Loved reading this! Sorry yoire under the weather though. Your steps for success are simple and straight to the point. I look forward to reading your writing more often!
Frauke Moebius said:
Sounds great! Self-care is so important. And get well soon!
Samantha de la Vega said:
This is so much like my situation! I really love seeing all your posts because we are sisters on the path, with very similar trajectories, and experiences of, and responses to, the world.
Miami Office Notes said:
I agree – sometimes baby steps are the best way to go. I added daily affirmations using an app called ThinkUp. As I walk my dog, I listen to them (they are recorded with my voice and set to music). It’s a gentle, yet powerful start to my day. Good luck!
katya michos said:
I, too, am under the weather, Chris. I got up today after two days sick in bed, I am much much better, but I spent far too much time reading. all day, really. Not writing, not exercising, no projects, no music, not working, not even a walk. And then tonight, what do I see? Your yesterday’s post: “# 1 asset” : motivational! Inspiring! And yes, we should.
My only worthwhile comment is: do not forget to take a break, and then come back and edit one’s work. (cf: ” drink two glasses in the water”)
Onward and upward we go!
Chris Dahl said:
Proofreading. Quite right. Hope you’re feeling better!
On Friday, November 13, 2015, success journal wrote:
Chicken soup. Be right over with a pot. XO