list all the things you’ve done today
I’m sure the vast majority of you have a never ending to-do list, one item replacing the other, day after day.
If that’s the case, I highly recommend that you try this easy self-care act: take a moment in the evening to list all the things you’ve done during the day.
That’s what I did yesterday, at 10 PM. Doing it confirmed one thing that I suspected for a while: I do much more than I think. I’m sure you do too.
But being sure about something is much more powerful and comforting than just suspecting it.
A little note here: Duderino is off-school this week and I tried to do tasks that are possible to perfom in his presence. He was with a babysitter while I was writing my post but I’m surprised by how much I can do while he’s here. It’s good news: little baby is almost a big guy now.
Here is my list:
- Make my bed and clean up my bedroom
- Prepare Duderina’s lunch box
- Have breakfast
- Get kids ready
- Make sure their room is tidy and beds are made before leaving
- Take Duderina to school
- Feed Mike, Mo and Daisy, respectively my neighbors’ dog and cats because my neighbors are away
- Skype with my cousin while Duderino played with Mike
- Find and buy a travel bag at a reasonable price (and it’s hard, believe me)
- Shop for Duderina’s summer wardrobe (shorts, skirts, tees..)
- Get presents for my family in Morocco
- Have lunch with little Duderino at Chipotle
- Take him to bed
- Try to nap
- Realize I’m too agitated to sleep
- Review the files for my skin care labels
- Make changes to the labels
- Place the order and make sure the labels are delivered on time
- Discover a new App (I’ll tell you more about it in the near future)
- Contact a friend to try to get an important appointment
- Schedule an appointment at the doctor
- Write The Self-Care Journey’s post of the day
- Post it
- Review and activate the pop-up window for TheSelfCareJourney.com
- Write and post the recap of last week’s 7 self-care acts
- Make arrangements to borrow a travel bed for Duderino this summer
- Schedule an important Skype appointment for today
- Make dinner
- Feed Mike and the cats again. Play with Mike.
- Do my 2-minute plan pose routine
- Have dinner and clean up
- Take Duderino to bed who, like all toddlers, knows no better game than running naked when getting ready for bed
- Wash Duderina (and comb her hair. God knows how messy it can get)
- Email lawyer and accountant for business matters
- Make arrangements to go to the bank on Friday with Hubby
- Assess my day
- See how much I’ve done
- Feel happy
- Reward myself with a Mochi green tea ice-cream
- Finish reading my book and a documentary while re-rewarding myself with dark chocolate
- Turn the lights off
- Sleep well
All of the above are true except the last item.
Mike was depressed and I allowed him to sleep in my bedroom. Unfortunately for me, this wasn’t enough for him. He kept trying to climb up my off-limits bed all night long.
Now that I’m writing this, I realize I can add one last thing to this list:
Win the Battle of the Night because I managed to keep him on the carpet 🙂
WHY IS IT SELF-CARE? Listing what you’ve done with your day is highly rewarding: you how much you’ve accomplished and feel achievement.
MORE ABOUT THIS
An App insired me this self-care act.
It’s called 3 Minute Mindfulness: Meditation and Breathing
The only option I used is a very useful (and free) one.
During registration, you’re asked to schedule 3 pauses:
- One in the morning saying: “Time for a pause: Take a deep breath in and smile”
- One mid-day: “Time for a pause: Observe 5 of your breaths”
- One at the end of the day: “Time for a pause- Take time to reflect about today”
The last reminder really spoke to me: the 2 times I assessed my day I felt proud of what I had done.