Day 324: The Little Things

Arrgh. I got out of bed on time, got exercising within 10 minutes of getting up, rocked the exercise, and I’m STILL just getting to the podcast now. Because there were dishes to do this morning, and food prep, and… life business.

Life business kind of sucks sometimes. There are things you want to get to! Move-forward things! Onward-and-upward things! But then there’s all the dumb stuff you gotta do. Make lunch. Shower. Eat.

There’s also other chores coming up from chore buttons, which I should really talk about at some point. Actually, I think I’ve mentioned it before and said I’d explain later, so I’ll explain now: using a button maker, I’ve made 100 numbered 1″ buttons, with a number and a task type. Like yesterday was “85 TIDY.” I have little list of 100 things to do; 85 is a tidy job, and it’s “clean out and put everything back in the silverware drawer.” All 100 buttons are in a jar, and we pull out a button every day. My wife also has her list. The idea is to stay on top of all the little tasks that need to get done (“dust the tops of the picture frames” kind of stuff) in less than 15 minutes a day. It’s pretty effective. It’s also mostly Dumb Stuff I Gotta Do. 1/10 of the buttons are fun or relaxing ones, like “read” or “game.” Anyway.

Chore buttons!
My chore buttons.

It cycles back around to the “intent” thing I was talking about last week, and doing things with intent instead of just doing things because you have to do them. I did the dishes, but did I lean into doing the dishes? I tidied the silverware drawer, but did I rock the tidying of the silverware drawer?

One of my fears about a “lean into” approach is that it seems exhausting. Maybe I don’t want to lean in! Maybe I just want to get through this stuff.

At any rate — it’s a bit frustrating, knocking the things out early, having a mind to move forward with some other projects, then getting “lifed” into submission.