It’s officially Q4. We have 13 weeks remaining in 2017 and all I can say is that I hope 2018 is better because this year has been pretty awful from a global perspective. From Brexit to Trump, Hurricanes to Terror attacks, violent protests and casual racism, we need to do better next year.
With the time left this year, I want to focus on the positive and changes I want to make to help make the last 13 weeks of the year pleasant and constructive, not only for myself, but for the people around me. I want to be more positive, gripe less, be more future facing and not as negativistic.
To that end, I’m working on a few things to support people at work and hopefully the wider community. Closer to home, I’m doing little things. I’m cooking fresh food, cutting back on meat, learning to bake, playing with my cats more, leaving the TV on in the background less and actually trying to pay attention to only one thing at a time. I have a tendency to only half-listen to people when they’re speaking to me since I always feel like I’m playing catch up with my day. I intent to put an end to that. Life is too short.
At an even more personal level, I have a little challenge for myself. Here goes:
- I’m reading a book a week for the next 13 weeks. How you ask? Easy, I’m not bringing my headphones on the tube with me, but am instead carrying a book.
- I’m writing every day till the end of the year. How you ask? Easy, as I am now. I’m writing for 10 minutes at any point during the day, when to mood strikes and leaving the TV off while I do it.
- I’m limiting myself to 25 days of alcohol between now and the end of the year. With the hot toddy I just had for my cold, that leaves me 24. There are 92 days left in the years, so that should be totally do-able.
- Apart from what I have to spend to get to and from work, I’m only spending what I can find in the house from today. I’ve been going through my handbags, coat pockets and change purses and managed to find around £26 without even trying. That is more than enough to sort me out, especially if I’m cooking more, taking my lunch and excluding my travel costs.
- I’m getting 8 hours of sleep per night It’s going to take training, but if that means I go to bed at 9pm and it take a while to drift off, so be it. Sleep deprivation ages and does nothing for your mood or ability to concentrate. There’s a reason why sleep deprivation is often used as a form of torture.
- I’m going to do something nice for someone else very day. It might be giving up my seat on the tube, paying a compliment or helping someone carry their shopping up the stairs, but if you make the day a little better for someone, it in turn, can make the day a little better for everyone.
That’s it. Nothing too difficult, but as they say, sometimes the simplest changes are the hardest. Wish me luck. I’ll check in as we go.
Writing prompt (I almost forgot) what are you going to do with the last 13 weeks of the year to make your life better?