Gretchen Rubin

Podcast 179: Make Each Day of the Week Distinctive, Use the Internet to Solve Problems, and Why Is “18 for 2018” So Fun?

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Try This at Home: Make each day of the week distinctive. This idea was inspired by Little House in the Big Woods, by Laura Ingalls Wilder. Ma tells Laura:

Wash on Monday,

Iron on Tuesday,

Mend on Wednesday,

Churn on Thursday,

Clean on Friday,

Bake on Saturday,

Rest on Sunday.

Happiness Hack: If you're struggling with a problem, check the internet—so often, it contains solutions.

Here's the video that helped Eleanor to start putting in her contacts. Now she wears them every day.

Happiness Stumbling Block: Too many words! I get far too riled up.

Listener Question: Pamela asks, "I'm not successful at making New Year's resolutions, but I'm doing a great job with my '18 for 2018' list—and also finding it fun. Why?"

To listen to more discussion of “18 for 2018,” we introduce the idea in episode 147, and do deep dives in episodes 152 and 170.

If you want to take the quiz to find out if you're an Obliger like Pamela, or an Upholder, Questioner, or Rebel, the quick, free quiz is here.

Gretchen's Demerit: Our summer weekends have been pleasant but not memorable. Because we're just hanging out, not going on adventures, nothing stands out vividly, and every day runs together.

Elizabeth's Gold Star: Elizabeth highly recommends the 30 for 30 podcast's five-part series on Bikram Choudhury, founder of Bikram yoga.


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Quote From the Podcast

Wash on Monday, Iron on Tuesday, Mend on Wednesday, Churn on Thursday, Clean on Friday, Bake on Saturday, Rest on Sunday.
Laura Ingalls Wilder