It really is true that I can often accomplish more in the first hour of the day than I will the whole rest of the day.
The weird thing is that if I laze about and DON’T accomplish anything in the first hour, the whole rest of the day tends to get wasted as well. If I do hit the ground running, with a plan and a list and an unthinking kind of automated do-things mode, I will accomplish AMAZING things before breakfast!
Many days I wake up late, after having stayed up late the night before. I shuffle to the computer and start my daily rounds of checking on all my favorite websites and e-mail, watch a few videos, make a few comments, and tell the kids to keep moving so they wouldn’t be late for school. My mothering role on those days is purely supervisory, because I’m surely not DOING much.
Days like that often disappear like sand between my fingers, as my butt hardly ever leaves the computer chair except to eat and such. Sometimes I don’t even bother changing out of my night clothes. It’s so sad. I can lose weeks that way.
Today I woke at 6am after having gone to bed quite early last night. I had a note by my bed of an important appointment I must not forget today, so I reached over and grabbed the notepad and listed a few more things I don’t want to forget. Before even getting out of bed, I had a plan for my day. It was all simple stuff, like buying trash bags and doing laundry. Then I added in the fun stuff I knew I was going to do anyway, like mess around on the internet or play games. But I put a definite time frame around it. I told myself I could spare three or four hours today for that. That would be much more appropriate than spending 18 hours on it like I sometimes do.
So when my feet hit the floor I was already moving. I cleaned out and started the dishwasher, emptied the trash, and started cooking a good breakfast of chicken with spinach, onions, carrots and peas. (We eat “dinner” for breakfast a lot here.) I have checked my internet stuff, and now am ready to take my shower and leave the house. I have plans to actually make it out the door by 10am.
While I’m out I’m going to have an appointment, shop for a few groceries, and also shop for some new clothes. I need a new skirt, pants, three shirts, and possibly a dress. I should be able to get all of that for about $50 secondhand.
I still need to do laundry this afternoon. Towels need folding and shirts need washing. I need to take a pitchfork to my bedroom floor and discover the carpet again. For weeks or months now I’ve dropped all my clothes on the floor whether they were dirty or clean and just not what I wanted to wear that day after trying them on. Now it’s all a nasty mess and I have to start from scratch.
Next week I’ll plan a purge, where anything I don’t like or that doesn’t fit will get banished to the far side of the closet. If I don’t change my mind about it in a year, it is gone.
Having an appointment today really helps. I know if I’m going to make it by 11am I have to leave the house by 10, and to do that I have to get off the computer now and go take my shower and get dressed.
Today is gonna be a good day.