The blog posts pulls out the general themes from the novel; a workspace with minimal distractions, a daily walk, accountability metrics, a clear dividing line between important work and busy work, a habit of stopping when they are on a roll not when they are stuck, a supportive spouse, a limited social life and overall seclusion.
Of course, I started thinking about my own daily routine and rituals. I found myself with a paper and pen creating a bit of a flow chart of my days. Separating the parts I love that motivative and fulfill me, and the parts that I don't look forward to.
I deduced that a routine gives me a feeling of calm. I also realized that a change in my routine can either be highly disruptive or highly motivational.
- A couple weeks ago my daughter threw up all over her bedroom = highly disruptive.
- Today, I woke up early, couldn't go back to sleep, so I got up, worked out, showered, and checked three or four things off my list before the rest of my household work = highly motivational.
I began to wonder how can I reframe those parts of my routine / rituals that I don't enjoy...
- One simple way is looking for joy and happiness in those moments. This 100 Happy Days challenge has made me acutely aware of all the small things around me that bring me happiness, things I may have just walked past before.
- A second, make those activities a game or fun. Like singing the tidy up song for my daughter (attempting to make tidying fun), I realized that may of those tasks I don't enjoy I can enhance with music, books on tape, conversations, or bringing my husband in to do it together (like cleaning the bathroom).
- Thirdly, reward yourself for completion. I find these parts of my day loom over me, but if I create a reward at the end I am excited to do them, to get them done, and enjoy the reward!
- Lastly, what about seeing that activity through the eyes of a child. They make everything fun; explore it, enjoy it, check it out from a different perspective.
Most importantly celebrate the things you have done in a day, not the things left to do. We make choices in every moment of our day to keep moving forward - celebrate each step.