In an effort to keep myself honest, I’ve been meaning to post an update on my “I Did That Thing Project” for a while now. I think that subconsciously I was putting it off because I didn’t feel that I could give myself a very good grade on my progress. To my pleasant surprise, when I took a look at my original post on the project, I figured out that I had actually addressed more of the things on my ‘things to address’ list than I had first thought. Having said that, I still don’t think I can give myself much more than a C+ …and since I’ve always been an A/B student, that just isn’t going to cut it!
Here is what I have managed to do:
- Significantly reduced the amount of time spent watching TV (full disclosure: A big reason for this is that American Idol and the NBA Finals are over)
- Reduced the amount of time spent listening to CNN
- Getting to bed earlier and waking up earlier
- Decided to start my own Happiness Project and completed the first step – creating my list of commandments
My list of commandments, much like Gretchen Rubin’s (author of The Happiness Project), are the high level themes of how I want to be and what I want my thoughts and actions to reflect.
I thought I’d share my twelve commandments with you, – even though it makes me feel some kind of way because they are very personal, but sharing them also helps to keep me accountable. So here goes *deep breath* …
Joy’s Twelve Commandments:
- Be thankful.
- Do my best.
- Do me.
- Be still and quiet (sometimes).
- Take action.
- Don’t overthink it.
- Ask questions.
- Be confident (fake it until I feel it, if needed).
- Loosen up.
- Follow through.
- Show up.
- Be present.
- Enjoy the journey.
Next step is to develop my resolutions. Stay tuned for that!