Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Progress Report #1

Today was much better in the chocolate and fritter obsessing department. In fact, those doors were closed all day. Yay!!!

It definitely helped to fess up. Even as I wrote yesterday about craving fritters, they became less appealing. Chocolate? Well, no... I think rich, dark chocolate will always look good to me.

What helped even more was realizing that there are things I cannot change (like the oil in the Gulf and financial shakiness in the world) and things I CAN change, like the mess of papers around my computer. That insight allowed me to focus my energy on the things I can do, shifting it away from wanting to sugar binge.

OK, now the report. I commited to the following:

  1. For each of the next 5 days, I will clean up/organize at least one area, starting this evening with the clutter right around my computer. I will report my progress each day.
  2. For each of the next 5 days, I will spend at least one hour working on an art project. I will report my progress each day.
  3. For each of the next 5 days, I will go wherever I need to go to be alone with no radio or TV sounds for at least one hour. I will report my progress each day.
#1... Oh joy of joys! I DID clean up the mess around my computer. Tonight I'm lovin' it... a few small, tidy stacks and the rest is gone. Not easy... Things I should have done. Things I wish I had done. Things I could have done. A few I kept... most went into the recycle bin. I am not perfect and never will be...

#2... Yes! Today I worked on an art project for 3 hours! I feel great about it!

#3... I didn't quite get an hour of quiet... more like a half hour. It was the last half hour that I was working on my art project, so it was a two-for-one blessing. Even a half hour makes me feel rejuvenated. I shall try for a whole hour tomorrow.


  1. I have been struggling with my goals lately. I should follow your example and put some clear, actionable goals out there to hold myself accountable. But then again, I know lots of things I SHOULD do that I don't. Sigh.

    P.S. Today's post asks about reasons behind food issues and I link back to your blog. You (and others) really got me thinking and asking questions. Thanks.

  2. I have so many things I need to do, I don't know where to start! I feel that I can't start anything because of the excuse that I need to find a new job. I'm underemployed for my skills, and got stuck in my current job due to the recession. If I spent my "spare" time doing all of the job-hunting stuff I should be doing, I wouldn't have a moment to spare, which I would resent.

    See what a mess I am? Who needs a goal more than me? It's inspiring to read your joy at achieving small goals. Hmmmmmm.... maybe I can set some, too.

  3. Glad you are feeling good about setting goals and acheiving them. It does feel good. Would it help you to wear ear plugs or a head set with white noise? I see ear plugs for cheap at Walmart.


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