So there are about 400 other things on my “to do” list right now but I am taking a “time-out” because I am feeling uninspired.
I read something great the other day and I figured it should be shared.
12 rules to live by.
In celebration of my 25th year of life I am going to write out these 12 rules and then I am going to attempt to live by them religiously until I turn 26, then we will take it from there… baby steps.
Wish me luck.
1. Go to bed and get up at the same time on weekdays (realistically, let’s start with 1am and 9am.) I will not deviate from this schedule unless it is due to an important work or social task. To aid in this process I will avoid caffeine after 1pm
2. Read before bed each week night.
3. Go to Yoga – AT LEAST one time per week!
4. Write, at minimum, 1 blog post per week and “I will write with honesty and feeling.” – Ted Nicholas. I will give up caring about how others choose to judge me and my written words. I am going to throw caught to the wind and put it all out there!
5. Create and maintain a weekly “gratitude” journal in an attempt to be more positive
Gratitude Journal – In the journal I write down:
Here’s what each of those means…
G is for Gratitude
O is for Opportunity
Did is for what I accomplished that day.
Do is for what I have planned for tomorrow.
App is for the people/person I appreciate that day, long-term etc…
6. Create a to-do list every Sunday and follow, add to and complete that to-do list by week’s end
7. I will not take things personally. This is a waste of time and energy. If I have caused harm, I will apologize and fix the situation. However, if someone simply doesn’t like something I have done or something that I do or disagrees with me, that is fine, but I’m not going to get into an argument about it or take it to heart. For any confrontation-like situation, I will simply take a deep breath, relax, breathe out, and re-focus my efforts back on my work and goals.
8. Always remember that
a) “Nothing matters.”
b) “It will all be over soon.” – This servers me in good times and in bad. In hard times, or
during intense physical effort or discomfort, I know that it will all be over soon. A small
amount of suffering now will be forgotten later when I will enjoy the rewards of my
work. And in good times, I will remember that life is short, and I must make things count
now, and no matter how good things are going I must never let myself become soft and
lazy, because I have too much to accomplish in such a short time.
9. Everything that happens to me – good and bad – is my personal responsibility. I blame no one but myself. These are the choices I’ve made – this is the life I’m living. I will accept the consequences of my actions.
10. I will think before I say “yes.” My time is precious and I often try to cram more than humanly possible into one day. I am going to think practically about my schedule and my time before committing to any and all projects. I like to complete all tasks with integrity and realize that this cannot be accomplished when your exhausted.
11. I will not be the person I don’t want to be. I will not be petty, jealous, or envious, or give in to any other of those lazy emotions. I will not gossip or speak badly of others, no matter who I am with or what environment I am in. I will not be negative when it is easier to be positive. I will not hurt others when it is possible to help. I will know the temptations, situations and environments in life that I must avoid, and I will, in fact, avoid them, even if it means loosening relationships with others who “live” in those environments. It’s my life and that matters more than what other people think of me.
12. I will be a sponge. I will read more and listen more and watch less TV and talk less. Absorb, Absorb, Absorb; Learn, Learn, Learn. BOOKS BOOKS BOOKS.
*some thoughts expressed here are not entirely my own. This list was compiled with excerpts from 12 Rules I Live By by Craig Ballantyne Editor of EarlytoRise.com