I looked down at my to-do list. In between the muscle aches, pulsing head and coughing spells, I had still managed to craft a plan for my productive day.
I blew my nose for the 20th time and wrote item five on the list. “Deep clean the upholstery in my car”.
That’s when it hit me. I was sick. Really sick. I had not gone to work, because I had a fever. I started laughing. It was funny that I thought deep cleaning my car was the best way to heal. The laughing made me cough which didn’t feel so funny.
Even when I’m ill, I guess I’m a little bit of an overachiever. I did the hard thing and threw my list away. I then wrote a new list. It only had four items on it.
1. Throw yourself down on the couch and watch movies.
2. Don’t put your makeup on or do your hair.
3. Drink a bunch of water.
4. Call Mom for sympathy.
The picture is the proof. I really did just plop down on a coach and relax without any makeup or fancy hairdo all day. My mother was great at the sympathy.
Christmas trees are beautiful. They also take time to put up. That’s why my Christmas tree is still in the box waiting for me. My newest challenge is to set up the tree before Christmas Eve. It’s a worthy goal and I’m sure I can accomplish it.
I thought about putting up the Christmas tree two times last week. Each time, I found something else more important to do. My dishes got done. I wrote a bunch of cards to people. I started thinking about why I wasn’t putting up the Christmas tree. So, instead of putting up the tree I did some research on procrastination. The theory I found most fascinating was the Temporal motivation theory. There was little equation and tons of writing all about it. Here is the gist of the theory. If you aren’t motivated to do something, you won’t do it.
Is my tree put up yet? Nope, but I do feel smarter for having spent my evening doing research.
This semester, I have been taking a Tai Chi class at the community college. It looks really easy when other people are doing it, but it actually requires a lot of thinking and coordination. As part of the class, we do a ten minute relaxation exercise at the end where we sit still, breathe and imagine different colors. It is supposed to calm your mind and release stress. The first time I tried it my back hurt from sitting straight and my arms started sweating for keeping them in a “relaxed” open position at my heart. (For those of you that aren’t familiar with Tai’ Chi, you are not suppose to sweat when you sit quietly and breathe.) At one point, I opened my eyes to see if anybody else seemed antsy. Nope, they all looked peaceful and relaxed. I closed my eyes again and tried to relax, but I got so bored that my mind wandered. (grocery lists, a better ending to season 3 of Downtown Abby, how to build a time travel machine etc.) Fast forward after four months of class, I can now sit still for five minutes without sweating. Yeah for me! Although I still find my mind wandering down crazy paths. Ah, the blessings of an active imagination.
For my next 13 day challenge I’m going to practice my Tai Chi form every morning. Wish me luck! I will let you know if I figure out time traveling.