60 Day Minimalist Challenge Week 7

DAY43// WRITE A TO-DO LIST FOR THE WEEK

I have got better about planning things for the week ahead, remembering to get my diary updated every Monday, though often have a couple of tasks to carry over to the next week. I’m extra busy next month, so am penciling in dates in advance so can I work around appointments, days out & holidays.

DAY44// UNFRIEND/ UNFOLLOW

I had already done this on Facebook. I unfollowed all but a couple of people. I have manageable amount of friends anyway. Someone would have to do something BAD for me to unfriend them; in which case being unfriended would be least of their worries.

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I found my Twitter feed was getting ridiculous, but again couldn’t bring myself to unfollow, so (as suggested by a friend) I created lists. I can now choose what to catch up on, saving a lot of trawling through endless tweets.

DAY45// LIST 10 THINGS YOU ARE GRATEFUL FOR

Remind yourself of these things regularly.

  1. Family, fur babies, & friends (love, doggy cuddles,supportive relationships)

  2. Health (body has so far managed to make it past 40 without falling apart)

  3. Books ( to explore new fantastical worlds, or help make sense of this one)

  4. Music (for escape, concentration, motivation)

  5. Freedom (to make mistakes, explore new things, express myself, without fear)

  6. Coffee (delicious and gives me a much needed kick -has to be caffeinated)

  7. The internet (knowledge, connecting with people, & just plain silly stuff)

  8. My job (stability)

  9. Amenities (fresh water, electricity, heating. It’s easy to take these for granted)

  10. NHS (see 2)

*In no particular order, other than I thought of practical stuff last.

I sort-of did this decades ago, keeping a gratitude journal, inspired by an episode of Oprah.  I found that listing 10 things to be grateful for at the end of every day (could be silly things like having a slice of cake, as well as the important stuff), helped me get out of a slump. I do feel it reprogrammed my brain to focus on the positive. My conversation with myself now swings between being my own cheerleader (rather like having Miranda in my brain)

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and (usually when working out) shouting at myself like a drill Sargent

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, rather than my previous depressive monologue…

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DAY46// IDENTIFY 2 THINGS YOU DO TO PROCRASTINATE & MONITOR THEM

*Hands up*. Yes, I admit to still getting hooked into YouTube. Usually in the evening if nothing is on TV, and my eyes are too tired to write, or read a book (as can just listen).

I have been better at not getting distracted. Though occasionally I still find myself getting overwhelmed and procrastinating about my to-do list, when I should be actually doing my to-do list. 

 How to curb this?

I try keep to designated times/ days for social media, but there’s always those times when I think ‘just watch this one music video’ , then end up walking the dogs gone midnight. I’m going to try doing something  productive like writing or  stretching /Pilates (if I have energy).

Tweaking my nighttime routine may also help stop my nocturnal YouTube sessions, and help me relax so I’m more able to focus on what I need to do during the day. I plan to try going to bed  a little early to read a book or listen to some relaxing music/ guided meditation/ audio book. Hopefully this will help  my brain switch off  so I feel more rested, and get some useful dreams/ nightmares to inspire my writing. 

Current status-writing this blog whilst watching/ listening to YouTube. [Edit:Spending too long trawling through Pinterest and YouTube to find media for this blog, while editing it]

DAY47// SPEND A WHOLE DAY LOGGED OUT OF SOCIAL MEDIA

My phone doesn’t work properly so any social media apps crash, meaning I’m usually off social media when I’m out of the house/ at work.

I did deliberately go off social media completely for a few days. It was no biggie, as my phone broke completely the day before. I only slightly panicked about not being contactable (immediate family do have my work number in case of emergency).

DAY48// START A CHANGE JAR TO COLLECT COINS FROM AROUND THE HOUSE

I already have one. The money goes into my grand-children’s saving accounts . It’s usually only a few pounds, plus some pennies for the 2p machines when they go to the pier or amusement arcades.

DAY49// SORT THROUGH VARIOUS ELECTRONIC ITEMS & CULL

All cables, chargers and random electronic items had already been sorted when I cleared out the man drawer and spider cupboard

This week has been a little hit and miss. As I had done some of the tasks in earlier weeks, and already had a change jar (empty Christmas chocolate tub), I only had a few things to do, but still struggled to complete them.

Staying off social media was easy as I didn’t have access on my phone, so any temptation was limited to when I was at home (not that I had much time anyway).

My daughter got a job, so I had to fit looking after my grand-children into my schedule, which had the knock-on effect that I had to work late a couple of days. Still, I had lots of fun spending extra time with my grandchildren.

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