Our popular New Year’s resolution of the day, and our LAST post focusing solely on New Year’s resolutions, is to Stop Procrastinating. Oddly enough, the first article I read in my research for writing this one was so spot on and well written that I almost don’t even feel like I can add anything to it. The article is by James Clear and can be found here. He talks about Newton’s theory that objects in motion tend to stay in motion and objects at rest tend to stay at rest, and how this also applies to people and our minds and bodies. He also talks about a concept he calls “The 2-Minute Rule” where if something you need to do can be done in under 2 minutes, to do it now. Wash the dish you just ate on, under two minutes, do it now. Put laundry in the machine, under two minutes, do it now. He then goes on to starting the first two minutes of something and how that will get you moving and keep you in motion instead of at rest. I can definitely back up this concept, without ever having had a name for it or made a construct out of it before, I know I can relate very well to the fact that once I start something I keep doing it, but once I take a break I’m done. I like the concept of only committing to minutes, because I do know I’ll keep going once I start, and I know very well how quickly all those “this will only take 2 minutes, I’ll do it later” snowballs into a bunch of stuff that will take hours. It’s a drag.
Apart from that approach, every resource I checked unanimously agreed the biggest tasks should be done first, and that you should make a To-Do List (my brain is happy) that has you write down specific times to have each item done by and to list items in order of priority to make sure the big important things get done. This is more of that time budgeting we’ve mentioned so much recently. The other thing they all agree on is eliminating distractions. Close computers, put down phones, tv off, stereo on is just fine and I encourage it.
So whatever you’ve been putting off, get on it today! At least the first two minutes 😉
The rest of today’s tasks are:
Do some Toe/Foot Exercises. I don’t remember if I mentioned that I had ankle surgery on my right ankle where I had 3 torn ligaments and a torn tendon that were all replaced with cadaver tissue. After surgery it literally felt like I had metal rods running from my heels up my shins, despite having nothing but the cadaver tissue and some absorbable surgical screws and the like. No metal parts of any kind, but I felt completely immobile after getting the splint and cast and whatever else off. I keep respraining it and as a result have let myself get stiff and lose mobility. So. For me, and for anyone else who might need to build mobility and ankle strength we’re going to do a few physical therapy exercises. They are mostly very basic, but very helpful.
Spell the alphabet with your foot. First one foot, then the other. If you feel stiff, do it a few times until you’re feeling looser. Lay a towel out flat on the floor and scrunch it with your toes. Try to move as much of it as you can toward you without lifting your heel. Once you’ve gotten as much as humanly possible, then go ahead and lift your heel enough to get the excess behind your foot and scrunch the rest. Once you’re out of towel, spread it back out and do it again with the other foot. Put an empty jar on the floor along with a handful of marbles or something similar. Pick them all up with your toes, one at a time and drop them in the jar without using your hands to assist. Try alternating which toes you use to pick them up. Once you’ve done them all, dump them back out and repeat with your other foot. If you’ve got a resistance band, loop it over your foot then hold it tight near your knee and flex your foot back and forth against the resistance band, say for 30 times, the switch feet and repeat. After that you’ll want to do the same but sideways, which is harder to hold, so you may need to put a big knot in one end of the band and stick it under a door, or loop the band under a bed frame or other sturdy piece of furniture, and flex your foot against it to the side 30 times, then change feet and do the same with the other.
Clean Out Your Garage. If you’ve got one. Or your workshop, shed, hobby space, craft room, storage unit. Wherever you have STUFF, get it organized, discard, recycle, or donate whatever you’re holding onto that you don’t need and won’t use. Sweep or vacuum. Make sure everything you’ve got is usable and accessible and serving a purpose.
Go for a Hike. Or whatever qualifies as a hike in your particular location. Whether you’re climbing mountains, hiking a nature trail, walking a path, or taking a little expedition to the forest, just go out and get some fresh air and some time communing with nature. It’ll be the best thing you’ve done all month. Take water. Hydration is important.
That is all you have to do today, and the last of what you had to do for the month! Be proud of yourself, you’ve made it to a big milestone! I will see you all later on Facebook for the question of the day.
A word about music: We include songs for a reason. Music helps us deal with the world, helps to soothe the soul, and gives us something else we can focus on when everything is too much. Listen to the songs we post. Even if you already know them. Listen to them like you don’t. Pay attention to the lyrics. Pay attention to what the instruments are telling you. They all have a message, they all have a purpose, they’re all chosen for a reason. If you like the song, please support the artist by purchasing the MP3 or Album that features it.
Today’s music can be found on Amazon.com:
MP3: I Can Wait Forever
(If you go to buy the album, pay no attention to the funky international characters in I think the seller’s name, I bought this exact version, when I go to this page on Amazon it tells me that I bought it and what date, and the songs and artists listed are exactly what you get. I bought it to replace a CD in a collection that I had that was stolen, and while I preferred the cover art on the original version, this one is cheaper and has the same content.