I love ticking off the boxes!
I'm not someone who's known for being on time, finishing what I start, or making lists and getting everything done on them. Quite the opposite, really. Here on SP, however, I LOVE putting that little √ in the box and having it turn blue at the same time. I LOVE seeing them all checked off in a row at the end of the week. I LOVE having a streak that goes for days and days or weeks and weeks. I lose lists on paper, but these are always there waiting for me under the 'other goals' tab just waiting to be ticked off. As long as I don't lose my computer, I'll always be able to find my list!
With all that love working in my favor, I decided to up the ante on myself and address a few other areas of my life with the magic blue checked boxes too. I added in:
•Streeeeeetch (or do Yoga) 10 min/day - 7x/week
•Delete 20 or more old emails until inbox is clear: 5x/week
•Daily ART - 5 min or more - ANYTHING: 7x/week
Though I've gotten really good at my fast break goals, and am stellar with my team goals, I can not seem to get any consistency going with these 3 at all! Each one supports a larger goal and vision for my life. Each area really matters to me. And yet, I'm terrible about doing them! Worst of all is the last one - Daily Art. This may seem like no big deal, but I went to an 'Art School' instead of a University. I have a BFA... I made a living as an artist for many years... and now, I can't seem to pull off 5 MINUTES of art a day.
When I stop berating myself for a moment and look more closely....
NOT checking the boxes off when I am checking off other boxes is very eye-opening. Each day that I don't check them, it gives me a chance to look at what's going on. Why am I not doing them? How important are they? What am I making more important than them? What am I REALLY committed to? As a result, I've had some great 'Aha moments' that are leading me to look at some things differently. For example, I realized I'm not the sort of artist who wants to hide away on her own and make art in seclusion. I love a creative community. Having a studio space where others are around to share ideas, bounce off of, show work to, and be inspired by is what I dream of. I don't want to just create in isolation. This is really key! So tonight, I invited some artsy pals over and we worked on projects around my dining room table. It's not that great studio yet, but I got to check off my box and I got further on a funky thing I'm working on. It's All Good!
And so... I'll continue to stretch via goals and aim to stay as curious with myself when I DON'T do something as I am proud when I DO.
POWER Challenge results - Day 8:
P - √ - Positive.... I got a new client today and I stuck to my full rate without blinking! Also a positive reframe on beating myself up for not meeting a goal to learning and discovery as a result.
O - √ - Outdoors.... A nice after dinner beach walk with the dogs. Soft sand is soooo much more work to walk in than hard ground!
W - √ - Water... Yes, Plenty
E - √ - Exercise... 90 minute yoga class plus a 30 min. dog walk
R - √ - Relax... The beginning and end of yoga class. Everyday should have relaxation like that in it!
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