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.