Do mode vs. Think mode?
Saturday, June 02, 2012
In trying to cobble together a new strategy, one that maybe won't fail, I've been looking over old journal entries and blogs, and see a common thread. When I'm doing well, I'm in "do" mode, and when I'm bingeing and not exercising enough, I'm in "think" mode.
What do I mean by this?
Do mode includes:
- doing dishes right away
- dusting something the moment I see it dirty
- getting school lessons done with my kiddo even when it's not going well
- ordering something when I think of it
- keeping up with laundry b/c when exercising, the laundry smells if I don't
- getting up at the same time each day and facing the day with a sense of "what can I get done today?"
Think mode includes:
- leaving dishes, often overnight (I know, gross, right? maybe I'm hoping dh will do them? But we don't live in a buggy area, and so far it hasn't resulted in any little invaders).
- letting dust accumulate for about a month (we live in a VERY dusty area - so no bugs, but lots and lots of debris)
- procrastinating lessons we are having trouble with, and then feeling like I don't have enough time to do them once I finally sit down to do them
- leaving internet tabs / windows open for days, even weeks, as I think about getting around to completing my order.
- laundry mountain (intimidating, difficult to talk myself into tackling)
- sporadic bedtimes and wake times (not always my fault for the bedtimes, my kid has a sleep disorder) and facing each day with dread
So, anyone else find these things to be true? Even if your detail level items are different (and I'm sure they will be) do you feel that procrastination or think-mode tend to go with binge streaks, and do-mode goes more with good eating and exercising and feeling generally good?
Today I'm trying it out - I'm forcing myself to switch to "do" instead of "think" (even though this blog could be considered think, BUT I'm actually writing it instead of just mooning around thinking about how I don't deserve to be on Spark b/c I'm not doing anything inspirational)!
So there, I'm switching from think to do. I've got 2 laundry loads peeled off laundry mountain, and plan to keep it going. My dishwasher just finished, and my hand wash items will be getting clean right after I post this blog and do one lesson I've been dreading. I WILL get things done today. And hopefully tonight when it hits my usual binge hour, I'll be so busy getting more things done, I won't even be thinking about food.