However, after 4 days (or more!) of celebrations, I also love the return to “everyday-ness”. “Everyday-ness” was a term coined by Father Matt at Mass yesterday, in the context of “we need ‘everyday-ness’ to appreciate Celebrations”, and vice versa.
I liked the term, and it started me thinking. We have to start with the basics, our routines, our ‘everyday-ness’ before we can move on to the bigger stuff, too.
Have you ever noticed how your schedule gets snagged with “I”ll run my errands / get dressed / check in with work / leave the house / do anything productive AFTER I SHOWER” and then you delay this jump start to your day? It’s not complicated, do it and get on with things.
Make your bed. Yes, seriously. You can send me links on Facebook for the fear-inducing microscopic images of creatures that will grow in your bed if you make it every day, and I will still say Make Your Bed. Studies show a strong correlation between happiness and productivity and daily bed making, look it up. Plus, if you wash your body and your sheets regularly, those creatures in the facebook images won’t survive.
Put actual clothes on, if you, too, have been lounging for a few days. Nothing productive ever happens in your fuzzy bathrobe or yesterday’s sweat pants.
Put stuff AWAY! Have piles of things lingering around? Unopened mail, opened Christmas gifts, clean dishes, clean laundry (These are the things that I needed to put away this morning)? What’s in your piles? Well, put it all away!
Feeling productive yet? I bet you are! NOW…… On to the Big Stuff! This is a great week for planning. This bonus week before Christmas and New Years presents a great opportunity to do some Big-Picture dreaming / planning / imagining for your 2016.
We’ll talk more about resolutions in the weeks to come, as well as strategic planning your whole house organizing, cleaning your virtual work space, organizing your finances for the new year, and that’s just January (can you tell I planned my blog topics today?)! Happy New Year!
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