What you do every day

I have been thinking about this quote for a while.  I think I first read it in Gretchen Rubin's book 'The Happiness Project', and it pops into my head now and then, usually at times when I really need to remember it.  

When I think about the person I am, my values and the things that are important to me, they are not always the things that I naturally prioritise.  I've been reading Thrive by Arianna Huffington, which talks about the importance of focussing on our wellbeing, getting a good night's sleep, meditation, mindfulness and disconnecting from the constant demands of our digital devices.  It's made me think about the things I do every day, and the things that are commanding my time at the expense of the things I'd like to do every day. It's also made me think about the way I spend money - buying things that I then rarely use, or fixating on owning something because I like the idea of using it (I think I bought more items of running gear last month than there were occasions when I actually went out running).

With this in mind, I thought I'd make a list of things that I do most days, to get to the heart of the things that are really contributing to my overall happiness.  This is what, apparently, 'matters most' to me;

001. Check Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and my emails.
002. Get cross with myself for eating something, or not exercising.
003. Drink green tea.
004. Read a book or magazine.
005. Sit in front of a computer.
006. Crave (and usually give in to) a sugary treat.
007. Cuddle Bodhi.
008. Spend money - usually buying something I don't need.
009. Worry about my to-do list.
010. Have a pre-bedtime bath.

Clearly there are some of these that I'd like to continue doing every day, and some bad habits that could be better transformed into something positive.  My intentions to be kinder to myself by having a once-a-week evening to myself are clearly going to be outweighed by the fact that every day I tell myself off for eating something I shouldn't, or not going to the gym.  Here's my list of things I'd like to do every day.  I'm going to make it my new priority to do these every day as much as possible.

001. Be kind.
002. Do yoga.
003. Go for a walk.
004. Be grateful.
005. Eat vegetables.
006. Take my vitamins.
007. Meditate
008. Show love to friends and family (and Bodhi)
009. Get some fresh air.
010. Read a book.

The last couple of days I've taken Bodhi out for his morning walk rather than letting Tom do it, and getting some morning exercise, spending time with B-Dog and getting some fresh air is definitely making me feel better (and I think Bodhi likes it too).


What do you do every day?  Are you doing the things that matter most?

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  1. oh I love this post, really want the book now!

  2. As ever, your words are much better than any I could come up with, but I have been feeling the same - very much overwhelmed with the stuff I feel I should be doing and leaving myself no time at all for things I would like to spend my time doing. I sort of posted about that today, but ti's a bit of a wordy-jumble.

  3. Such a great post Rosie, I can definitely relate as I spend far too much of my time on my phone checking social media and sitting on my laptop when I could be doing much better and more productive things with my time! Good luck with your little goals x

  4. This is lovely. I sometimes feel like I just need a few days to restart my life system. Going for a run, meditating and having a nice hot bubbly bath definitely helps do that but I need to do as you say and make these things a daily occurrence! xx

    PS Bodhi is GORGEOUS!! What breed is he?

    Katy | Little Miss Katy

    1. Thanks Katy. I love doing those things you mentioned. I have a nice bubble bath most days but it's made me realise I could do more of the things that would make a difference if I cut out some of the ones having a negative effect - I probably spend half an hour of wasted time on my phone a day which could be a yoga session or a run! Bodhi is a schnoodle - half schnauzer, half poodle. I think he is the best dog EVER but I am biased! :) xo

  5. This really is lovely. Read this just after watching the video that's going viral at the minute ("Look Up") so it's been a rather thought provoking day!! Going to look at what I can do to change too :)


  6. To me the little things in life are so important and we take them forgranted so much. I always feel that I could be doing that little bit extra.


  7. I love this post, I definitely need to write out the things I do and the things I'd like to make more of an effort to do! It makes things much more tangible to write them out in lists, I find.

  8. This now makes sense, reading your comment on my Loake post earlier. Thank you for that by the way, I'm going to buy some shoes for our wedding, and hopefully have them for life. Same as the person I'm marrying!

    You know what, go with the yoga thing. I've been doing yoga for about 6 months but been doing a little bit even if only a few poses, ever day. I feel so much better for it. Oddly I've actually lost a bit of weight, so maybe I've been stretching the fat bits out? I'm online too much so I need to make sure I switch off and read a bit before bed. I'm thinking of taking a language course, Spanish maybe. A sweet treat every day is ok, just small though. Great post.

    Oh before I forget, you sound like you like reading so I'd recommend having a look at this book - http://www.amazon.co.uk/Let-People-Surfing-Education-Businessman/dp/0143037838

    Buckets & Spades

  9. Meditation and yoga are elements that I always want to introduce into my life but it just never seems to happen! Must.make.time.for.things.that.i.want.to.do. Xx

  10. Great post! I have several bad habits I really need to kick (the sugary cravings is particularly bad!).

    That picture of Bodhi is *so* adorable.

  11. AAAHHH this is so right. I have kind of just been writing about this on my blog today but with a kind of different angle. I am wasting my time doing silly things rather than working on what I want to be doing. And I have the time!!! No excuses.

    These sound like interesting books too, maybe I should have a read.

  12. I love this post Rosie! It's so true and I am definitely trying to make more time for the things that I enjoy doing! x


  13. I have also been trying to be mindful recently, it can be really tough to stay upbeat but I am hoping it is worth it in the end!

    Maria xxx

  14. I love this post, Rosie. Everything you've written definitely rings true with me, it's especially hard nowadays with so much social media and I often find myself reaching for my phone whenever I have a spare minute, or criticising myself for stupid reasons, instead of taking the time to just be and do the things that are really worthwhile. I think keeping all that you've written in mind is definitely the way forward to being happier.

    Anna xx | The Girl In The Moon

  15. This post was extremely interesting to read, it sure sounds like something I could benefit from by doing something similar. Just by writing down what I do and what I'd like to do surely could help me feel a little more satisfied come the end of my day.
    Amy x | A Little Boat Sailing

  16. I think you are in a v similar place to me atm - I'm trying to meditate every day, be more positive, be kinder to myself & others etc...

  17. I take Flash for a walk every morning and evening. In the mornings thought it's quiet and I think of it as our little special time - I love getting a bit of a walk with him before the day starts. It's wonderful (bar the times he rolls in poo and makes me late so I have to then power walk to work, but.....)
    I like all your ideas for being more mindful of the person you would like to be.

  18. I spend time on the computer everyday (outside of the 8 hours sat in front of one at work) and that's something I'd like to do less of. I'd like to swap computer time for being more active, though I am exercising 3-4 times a week so I guess that's not too bad :)

  19. wonderful. Did you know it takes around 20 minutes for your brain to recover from the stimulation of having checked an email? So even just a quick peek at twitter will keep you distracted long after you've turned it off. Just keep going with the mindfullness and it'll come :) x

  20. Rosie this is such a great post, it really made me think of my day and all the things that I have done. Time for a change I think...:)
    Thanks for sharing


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