1- Virtual Book Club!
The Transplant department where I work has started a virtual book club, which will meet by Webex once a month on Monday evenings. I have never been in a book club, in part because the idea of potentially having to host a bunch of semi-strangers makes me anxious. 🙂 But this virtual platform sounds perfect- flexible, no pressure, no stress. Attend if you want, or not. I thought it may help encourage me to branch out and read different books as well. So far, A+ for the book choice:
I CANNOT PUT THIS DOWN! I have found myself telling myself during the work day, “Okay, when you finish work on this patient, you can take a quick break and read 4 pages.” Hahaha! So good!!
2- Swimming with Asher again
Yesterday afternoon I swam w/ A for the first time since October. Oof. I felt that. Crazy how HARD swimming is when you don’t actually ever swim. It was fun though and was nice to be back in the water. I always really enjoy the 1:1 time with him, especially the hot tub after and getting a pretzel! His #1 pick and a frequent tradition. (Our gym has this really cool bar/restaurant INSIDE the gym. Crazy, I know. But also awesome.)
3- Podcast episode from “Beyond the To-Do List”: Jon Acuff on Finishing, Fighting Perfectionism and Completing your Goals
This author has a new book out focusing on COMPLETING, not just “setting” goals. He discusses how people can often get tripped up on the “all or nothing” mentality. A few things I remember:
- “90% and imperfect helps more people than 100% perfect and in your head.” (referring to people creating content for others, but also a good point in general- 90% and DONE probably beats a never started project that “would have been” 100%.)
- Realize that some things are simply easier for some people than others. That’s just the way it is, so don’t compare yourself.
- Recognize “experience bias”. ONE person telling you how great something is/how it works for them is only a sample size of 1. Understand it might not work for you.
- “You can’t start something without stopping something else.” I like this. You can’t start reading more, for example, without STOPPING something else that was in that time slot previously (ex. scrolling on social media!).
4- Doing a puzzle while the kids practice piano
The last few nights, I have been sitting at our bar and working on this puzzle while they practice. It is a little too much to sit right next to them for 20-30 minutes while they practice (and kind of boring, too). I don’t always have time to even be down there, but if I do, I’m finding this is a nice mix. I’m right there if they need help, but I can enjoy playing around with the puzzle at the same time. Win-win.
5- This section in my daily page/ “journal”
I’m very happy with this little part of my daily journaling routine. Honestly, if you don’t have a journal of any kind, I would highly recommend just trying this section only for a week! I’ve mentioned this before, but the GREEN CHECK= things I got done that day, the SMILEY= things that made me happy/ pleasant things and the GRATITUDE/BUMMER is a place to list what I’m grateful for that day (or disappointed about).
I especially love the checkmark…sometimes, it’s hard to realize that we actually did get some things done in a busy day! Taking a moment to reflect on it is good. I wish I had a record like this from the time my kids were little. It only takes 30 seconds to fill out this part. Try it! 🙂
See above. I’m grateful for the space our basement adds to our house, a mild evening for a walk and relaxing time multi-tasking with the puzzle while kids practiced.