Saturday, July 31, 2010
Looking back, I don't know how or when it started but I suddenly realized I was going, going, going 7 days a week... constantly working, cleaning, painting, cleaning, gardening, cleaning - and always with a "To-Do" list a mile long. Saturday I would get up at the crack of dawn, go all day, and do the same thing on Sunday... My friends would howl at my "To-Do" book - it was a 5-divider notebook which I carried with me everywhere I went. Monday am would come and I felt as if I never even rested for 5 minutes! My constant lament was that I wished I had 48 hours in a day. I always seemed to be pedaling as fast as I could, but I never seemed to get anywhere.
Then I joined SP! I realized after a while (slow learner here :) that my 'life style' change also included changing my insane perpetual motion. As few weeks ago, I decided to make a drastic change in my schedule... I was going to 'give myself Sunday's off'. No planned work, no lists, no shopping etc.
The results have been amazing. Admittedly, the first few were difficult, and I didn't quite make the whole day - but I also realized that's okay b/c I also learned flexibility is a major element for success. Now, if I want to 'do' something, I do it, but I don't make any 'To Do' lists for Sundays. I now save Sunday's for me - if I want to read all day, that's exactly what I aim for. But I have found that once I gave myself permission for an entire day - I read for an hour or two and then have to stretch, so I might take a walk or cook some meals for my week. Maybe I go shopping or maybe I decide I'll paint that room after all...But they are very relaxed decisions b/c they are voluntary ones that I can say 'no' to.
I truly believe I have only been able to achieve this b/c of the SP concept of 'it's a lifestyle'... My Monday - Saturdays are so much more sane now - which has allowed me to reclaim my Sundays. I think the eating right and the consistent exercise has given me better focus and more energy so I am accomplishing more in less time.
So, thank you SP for giving me my Sundays back :)