One at a Time


I've said it before and I'll say it again: You can do a lot in one day.

I was reminded of that this weekend when I spent time in Texas's three big cities: Austin then Dallas then Houston.

Same sort of thing yesterday as I took my task list one at a time. I've committed to this 30-Day Minimalism Challenge and am uncovering habits and ways to improve my daily life along the way. I took on number 17 yesterday and practiced single-tasking.

I read, review, edit and write job descriptions here at the agency; multi-tasking is often listed as a "desired competency." I've mastered this craft--responding to a text message, opening an email, skimming a blog post and checking off a planner note all in under a minute. Productive as it may be, I fell asleep last night feeling more accomplished than ever.

I wake up early to make time for personal items, devotional reading and a relaxed breakfast (cross off No. 6 while I'm at it!). It gets me in the right mindset for the rest of my morning as I've found that a rushed start often begets a rather rushed day.

Today, personal items included putting up laundry. Instead of sorting through piles, I grabbed pieces one-by-one, folding and stowing it in its proper container or hanging it back on its home on the rod.

I made just enough time to give Merl a hug and good day wishes before making my way to GSD&M.

There, I opened each email and performed the task at hand before diving too deep in my Inbox.

I used my 30-minute commute time to grab lunch and enjoyed it sans a screen as soon as I got to Camille's.

There, I took some words of wisdom I just recently received to heart: work against the project, not the clock. Accustomed to working by the hour, this mindset creates work in both more quantity and better quality.

Arriving home feeling charged instead of drained, I took my energy to a target toning workout class.

With barely enough time to rinse off, I halfway dried my hair before tossing it in a braid.

I met my Austinite sister and cousin at Hillside Farmacy for dinner. Duck and dumplings warmed my tummy; the familial company warmed my heart.

Can't say I had much left in me as the clock struck 10 (yes, still in college...) but I did manage to bring my laptop to bed with me and watch an episode of House of Cards. With everyone buzzing about the season three release this Friday, I have to see what the hype's all about. So far, it's better than the Bachelor which is generating equal buzz...

Best part of it all was I felt as though I earned it. Needless to say, I'm enjoying this baby step transition period into post-grad life, and I'm taking it one day at a time.

PS - Today, I'm clearing out my junk drawer. YAY.


Unknown said...

I have this pinned! I'm just afraid to commit, staying offline for one day and single-tasking scares me silly!

Writing that out loud made me feel like this minimalistic challenge is exactly what I need...

Love that you got into House of Cards, I didn't commit like I said I was going to. I have committed myself to the bachelor though, unfortunately.