I have an Every Damn Day list . . . a list of things I do, well, every damn day.
What's on my list? Just little things. But important things. Things that begin and end my day with a good feeling. Flossing my teeth. Applying moisturizer. Making my bed. Stitching . Sun salutations. Meditation.
Doing these things . . . every damn day . . . make me feel like I accomplished something, even when my plans go off the rails. (As they do.)
I didn't always do these things every damn day. But at some point, I decided these things needed to become good habits that I could hang my hat on. (Some of them - the bed-making and the flossing, for example - have been daily habits for over 30 years now. But others - the sun salutations and the meditation, for example - have been more recent additions.)
Here, at the beginning of the new year, I've decided it's time to add three new daily habits to my Every Damn Day list.
1 - Drink more water. And by that I mean enough water. According to my calculations, I need to drink close to 90 ounces of water each day, based on my weight. More on the days I work out strenuously. That means filling up my favorite water bottle 6 times each day. I have tried to establish this habit many, many times over the years. It never sticks. This year, I want it to stick.
2 - Make time to stretch. Like . . . really stretch. . . after my workouts. Current fitness science (yeah, there is such a thing) stresses the importance of proper stretching after working out. In fact, they say that stretching should be part of any balanced workout -- as important as strength and cardiovascular training. I've got the strength and cardiovascular training parts down pretty well, but I'm quite lax when it comes to stretching. This year, I'm wanting to up my stretching game.
3 - Daily sketching. Like everything else in life, you get better at the things you practice. I want to get better at doing quick sketches, which means I need to practice. (That perfection thing gets in the way every time.) My plan? Set a timer for 5 minutes and just . . . sketch. When the time goes off . . . done. Just for me. Just for practice.
There you have it. Three things I want to add to my Every Damn Day list: Sketch. Stretch. Water.
How about YOU? Do you have an Every Damn Day list? And what's on it?
(In the time it took me to write this blog post, I drank the all the water in my water bottle.) (Just sayin.)
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