Thursday, December 16, 2010
Day Twelve of Twenty: A Change In Strategy
Here's Day Twelve.
Day Twelve Tasks
When we rehearse plays, we practice the same lines and movement until we know them well enough to truly own them. Well rehearsed plays are carefully constructed improvisations. The lines and actions stay the same, but the execution always changes.
Write everything down. Daily.
1. Take a bath or shower. Wear cologne, perfume, deodorant, floss and brush your teeth. Shave. Do nails, eyebrows, ears.
2. Bed made. Sheets washed. You deserve clean bedding.
3. Continue your daily list non productive activities.
Continue working to eliminate non productive activities. Track your daily accomplishments. List the projects that you have successfully finished.
4. Take photos every day. Print and label.
5. Friend List
6. Continue the thank you notes as needed.
Continue to print copies and put in a folder.
7. Continue writing down and memorizing the names of new people. Always look in their eyes.
8. Keep your house in order. Implement schedule of the things you want to change.
9. Plan a specific monthly budget. Continue keeping receipts. It makes you acutely aware of where your money goes.
10. Continue finding ways to like everyone.
Again, it makes no difference to them. Only to you.
11. Put $1.25 in cash in a glass on your bedstand.
I am a firm believer in The Easy Button. I like to make decisions when they are easy to make, not when they are difficult. If boundaries are set before faced with a decision, then the decision becomes easier to implement because the decision has already been made without the added pressure of being in the moment. Controlling what comes into the house is a prime example of the Easy Button. If I can make one decision to NOT bring something into the house, then I don't have to make the hundred decisions about each bite of it. In the Abstainer-versus-Moderator debate, I definitely fall on the Abstainer side of the house.
It is interesting how making these strategic decisions can have such a large impact on success or failure. I'm having a helluva time keeping out of the baked goods and sweets at work, it seems. I haven't had this much trouble in ages! I'm sort of looking at me and asking WTH? And yesterday it dawned on me - it was a change in environment. A couple of things have happened that have altered my course and not all of them bad - 1. I've given up drinking Diet Coke after noon. I've been very successful with this. I've switched over to the add-powder-to-water lemonade drink mix. I still haven't been successful with the water plain. The second change is the remodel at work. Our offices just underwent a major remodel, which included adding a kitchen with a long counter (see buffet bitch from yesterday) on the other side of the hall. The water fountain was moved into the room behind the kitchen. See the problem yet? Well, every time I go to fill up my she-hates-water-but-drinks-fake-lemonade bottle, I must run the gauntlet of holiday treats brought into to the office. We are an office of 16 people. Yesterday there were four cakes and various other baked goods sitting out on the counter. Yea, well, duh. It took me a while to realize that I need to change my ways. The Ozarka water fountain thingy will not be seeing my hide. I'll find my water someplace else. I'm pressing the Easy Button on this one. What I don't see can't dimple me.
Today's food is planned and nearly packed. Gym at lunch. I'm fixing a quick dinner for me and my sister and then I've got to go grocery shopping. I will hit the gym after that.
No new insights on the project. Still concentrating most of the eye contact. And if there was a major takeaway for me, this is probably it. This was a bad habit rooted in years ago and it needed to be addressed. It had just never really been pointed out to me. I am grateful for this opportunity to address it. Never really dawned on me that it was something I could change. Yet another one of my beliefs about myself that turned out to not be true.
Take good care of yourself. Be kind to others. Not every battle is worth fighting.