Gretchen Rubin

If I Can’t Accomplish Anything Else Today, I Can Do These 10 Things.

Every Wednesday is Tip Day.
This Wednesday: Ten things I can do every day -- even when I can't do anything else.

We've all had days where it seems as though nothing gets done. For those times when I seem to be spinning my wheels, I keep a list of things that I can do every day, even when I have no extra time, money, or energy to spare. I sometimes forget to write in my one-sentence journal and I don’t always make it to the gym, but I do try to make sure I hit all these items.

That way, even if I feel like I had a day when I got nothing accomplished, I can comfort myself, as I climb into my smooth, tidy bed, “Well, at least I went for a walk. I ate an apple. I hugged my daughters.”

Every day, I…

1. Make my bed.

2. Wear sunscreen (well, most days).

3. Wear my seat belt.

4. Jump up and down a few times.

5. Pick up one object that’s in the wrong place and put it away.

6. Go for a ten-minute walk outside.

7. Eat a fruit or vegetable.

8. Put my keys away in the same place.

9. Touch everyone in my apartment with affection.

10. Pause to enjoy a lovely smell.

Bonus: 11. Go to sleep as soon as I'm sleepy, if I possibly can.

How about you? Are there things that you try to do every day, even when it seems impossible to get anything done?

* I spent a lot of time exploring Mumsnet (a British site, in case you couldn't guess), especially the Books section.

* Have I ever mentioned that The Happiness Project is a #1 New York Times bestseller? Really, I did? Oh, right, maybe so.
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