One of the things that I am trying to do is be more mindful of what I consume. This is part of Buddhist teachings (which I’m trying to dig more into) and just a good thing to do in general. After all, stuff will be left behind when I leave the planet and probably get tossed. It’s memories of me that I want people to take with them. The trendy word for this is minimalism, so that’s what I’m calling it. So far, this is probably the area that I’ve made the most progress in. And then I found this (through a blog that I watch – Allyson Faber – she’s on YouTube). I am intrigued, so I am considering this for March. Of course, I’m also taking a trip during March but I think I can do more than one of these things in a day and several of these things are already done but will look at again.
Since I’m here, I’ll give you the run down on what I’ve already done and then update through the month things that I’ve done and how they went.
- Stay offline for one day: Not done.
- Meditate for 15 minutes: Not done.
- Declutter your digital life: I have done this to some extent. I need to do more. I have a LOT of pictures that I should go through but that will take time and may not happen until after this semester ends.
- No-complaint day: I have been trying to be more mindful about this. It is totally a work in progress though…
- Identify your 3-6 main priorities: My kids’ education, my education, traveling
- Follow a morning ritual: Working on this too
- Streamline your reading list: Currently, I have 7 books that I have kept to be read and 3 that are partially read. I already decided that I will not purchase anymore until I finish those.
- Learn to enjoy some solitude: I already do this. It doesn’t happen quite as much as I would like but it happens.
- Downsize your beauty collection: I did this as part of my initial declutter. I will look at everything again though and see if there is anything else that can go (I have a couple of things in mind)
- No email or social media until lunch: Not done
- Evaluate your commitments: Always doing this, honestly. I can only do so much right now.
- Define your goals for this year: weight loss, declutter as much as possible (I need to quantify this but haven’t been able to yet), finish school, start my Buddhist path
- Clean out your closet: Done! I have a list of what’s in my wardrobe. I think I will make that a YouTube video one of these days.
- Take a step towards learning a new skill: Does nursing count? Actually, I learned how to plumb too and I am thinking about adding a cabinet where the broken dishwasher is so I am learning new skills.
- Examine your daily habits: Need to do this
- Don’t buy anything for 24 hours: This I’ve done (and gone longer!). It’s kind of neat to realize that I’ve gone a few days without buying anything.
- Practice single-tasking: Ugh… this will be hard.
- Unfollow and unfriend: I haven’t done this recently. I’ll look at this when I get a chance.
- Go for a walk and practice mindfulness: This I do sometimes. I used to do it more when I was running, actually. That’s part of why I want to get back into running.
- No TV all day, read instead: There are lots of days when I don’t watch tv. However, I often watch YouTube when I’m sitting with my daughter as she goes to sleep. I can’t read in that situation but I might be able to meditate. I’ll work on that.
- Journal for 20 minutes: This would likely be part of a morning routine. I’ve looked into The Miracle Morning.
- Create a relaxing bedtime routine: I have a routine but it could be better. I’ll work on it.
- Go bare-faced: I do this all the time anyway.
- Practice gratitude: Again, working on this
- Leave a whole day unplanned: This won’t happen any time soon. I can make it a long range goal though.
- Identify your stress triggers: School… that’s pretty much it
- Clear out your junk drawer: Done with the initial declutter but I could do it again
- Let go of a goal: Hrmmm… this will be thought upon
- Turn off notification: Yeah, they already are cause they drive me NUTS!
- Evaluate your last 5 purchases: This I can do right now: 1. My Buddhist book and yoga book: bought because I needed a place to write notes and to think more carefully about the teachings 2. Travel books for my kids: bought for the 6 hour car ride 3. Birthday presents for my daughter: kind of self explanatory. I bought her 2 books. She’ll also be getting some clothes for her doll but I haven’t bought those yet 4. A 10K race entry: also kind of self explanatory 5. A new scale and some cleaning supplies at Target: the old scale broke and I needed more Clorox wipes
So, that’s what I’ve done so far. I realize that I am far from perfect here. That’s why it’s a work in progress. I’m hoping to inspire other around me and to make my impact on the planet less. I am also hoping that I can learn about myself as I go and find ways to make myself better.
The list is below, if you want to take a look. It comes from Cait Flanders blog, which is also a good read if you’re into minimalism and such.