Whaat?!! It's already October!!! That means two things: I don't have to wear shorts anymore (whoop whoop!) and it's time to dive into the Happiness Projects Jill and I have been brewing.
Wow, based on the number of exclamation points I used in those first two sentences, I'd have to say it's already working. :)
Here is my plan for the upcoming year (!) of Happiness Project posts: I'll outline my goals and the projects I'm planning at the beginning of each month, and I'll come back at the end of the month with some thoughts about how it went and what I'll be carrying forward. Throughout the month, I'll keep up with my normal absolutely-random posting schedule in which we will discuss all the things.
Okay? Okay. Here goes.
October: Boost Energy
- Remember my damn vitamins. Every day. They give me a nice little kick when I do take them, but I'm terrible at remembering. Mostly I notice when I don't take them.
- Drink at least a liter of water. I am the worst at staying hydrated, and I know it takes a toll on my energy level. One liter probably isn't enough, but I usually have a few cups of (decaf) tea every day too. One liter of just water feels attainable.
- Yoga every day. This one will be tough; my kids think yoga time means time to use mom as a jungle gym. I started my day off this morning with some (very stiff) sun salutations and I have to admit, I feel pretty fabulous right now. I'd like to try this YouTube series:
- Quit complaining about being tired. I find myself saying this to Scott all the time. Like he isn't tired! Instead, I'd like to focus on a positive, like "I really worked hard today" or, in the case of multiple night wakings, "I'm parenting at night the way I choose to." Rubin says if we act the way we want to feel, we will actually feel that way.
- Wake up earlier. I know less sleep sounds like it will do the opposite of boosting my energy, but I've noticed that the less time I have to myself, the more drained I feel. And when I get woken up by two rowdy boys climbing into my bed, I start off the day super grouchy. My goal is to wake up at 6:00AM (waaaah!) each weekday this month and spend the hour and half before the boys wake up doing yoga, drinking coffee and writing. In peace.
- Cut back to half-caff. Also seems counterintuitive, but I've been drinking coffee strong enough to keep an ox awake for a week. Not sure how that happened. Of course, too much caffeine makes me irritable and then gives me a huge blood sugar crash. So, less is more here.
- Get dressed. As a stay-at-home mom, I am free to wear whatever the heck I want, but I have noticed that on the days that I do shower and put on real pants, I feel more prepared and I procrastinate my chores less.
- Keep the surfaces of my house clear. That means the kitchen island, the top of my dresser, and the bathroom counter. When those places are clear of clutter I am way more likely to dive into my chores (which gives me a sense of accomplishment and therefore an energy boost) and to take on a creative project (which gives me a big mental energy boost.) There are far more than three surfaces in my house, but these are the biggies.
- Cut back on digital media. I feel like I already addressed this with last week's experiment, but I want to remain aware of how much time I spend on my phone. My goal is 30 minutes OR LESS of online reading/shopping/bill paying per day, not including time spent blogging. Because blogging makes me happy, and that's the whole point. :)
Okay, enough about me. If you're doing your own Happiness Project with us, weigh in! What goals do you have to boost your energy this month? What are you already doing to stay focused and clear? How much coffee are you really drinking? ;)