Ta-da……. (drumroll). Goal 38 was one that really scared me! ‘Turn off your computer one afternoon/evening a week, starting at 4.00 pm & going on till the next morning’. I realized yesterday that the week had almost passed and this goal had been conveniently ignored (no surprise there). So I decided to give it a go. Note: I work from home, so my computer is permanently turned on, and I have to admit that I’m a teeny weeny bit addicted! So I thought this would be my biggest challenge so far.
Surprise. It wasn’t. This was actually- together with the decluttering- the most successful small change that I achieved this week. At first, when I first logged off and pressed ‘shut down’ I felt slightly (and embarrassingly) panicky! But it was actually fine. In fact, more than fine: turning off the computer allowed me to work on goal 26 (tidying up and decluttering), and actually that lasted much more than 10 minutes: the flat looked really wonderful afterwards. It also allowed me to finally do quite a bit of PhD work (another goal that’s been conveniently ignored during my first week following the list). The conclusion is that habits can actually change, as long as the changes are small and achievable and don’t seem daunting… The other- not so nice- conclusion is that I’m worryingly addicted to the internet, as I expect lots of us are, too.
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Today is Day Zero (bbbrrrrr…) of my 1001 challenge, and I’ve started with small goals. In particular, I worked on goal 26. The idea is that each day I declutter or clear or tidy up or whatever for 10 minutes. I use a stopwatch to do this, making it seem a bit more organized. 10 minutes sound like a very short time? Well sure, that’s true, but I’m fairly untidy in general, and clutter tends to accumulate- especially on my desk- so this actually worked like a dream. I’m very pleased with the results, the office is notably cleaner and tidier, after just 10 minutes. So I thoroughly recommend this little obsessional idea- obsessional but effective- to anyone who is as untidy as I am.
By the way: I got the idea of this 10-minute-a day tidying/decluttering task from a little book I own, 10-minute clutter control room by room, by Skye Alexander.
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The fantastic weather continues. As you can see from the picture (which was taken at St James’s Park), London is looking amazingly green and shiny- almost glittery- at the moment. I’m still keeping my fingers crossed that this weather lasts. But then again, perhaps we appreciate it all the more because it doesn’t last long… It’s bound to start raining again in a couple of days.
So. Tomorrow is day zero of my 202 challenge. I guess I should make a plan about how to start. Perhaps the easiest thing is to get going on the everyday tasks. Goal 25 (PhD related) can conveniently start on Monday since tomorrow is Saturday. Tomorrow I’ll start on goal 1- read a novel every 2 weeks: hoping to finish it by Saturday 24. I’ve decided that my first book to read will be Nicola Barker’s ‘Clear: A transparent novel‘. It was longlisted for the 2004 Booker prize (not that that necessarily means something) and I’ve watched it sitting on the shelf for a while, always thinking I’d get around to reading it at some point. Well, the time has come. Its premise is fascinating- it’s a fictional account of a non-fictional event. The story is about magician’s (or illusionist’s) David Blaine’s mysterious stay in a transparent box next to the River Thames in 2003, with no food for 44 days. I remember being fascinated at the time by Blaine’s decision to do that- fascinated and appalled at the same time. So I’m intrigued to see what Barker has made of the story.
The other thing I’ll do is start working on the every day, small goals: e.g. goal 26 (clearing up clutter for 10 mins every 2 days) & goal 89 (doing a food schedule). The first one sounds straightforward enough & hopefully will help a bit with the messiness in our flat. As for the second, it’ll help us eat a bit more healthily (hopefully).
Anyway. That’s the plan. As they say though, when people make plans, the gods laugh. It’s a good saying, even for atheists like me. But then again I suppose a bit of obsessionality can never harm anyone. So here goes… my 1001 days are about to start!
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