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Thinking Ahead and Accepting Discomfort

Today was a long day. I had to have a difficult conversation unexpectedly, I had a long flight, a train ride, and when I arrived at my RV, I was locked out. By the time the locksmith got there, I had already tried squeezing through a tiny window in the RV, so I was covered in dirt and frustrated.

When I finally got into my RV, I went directly into my bed without really thinking about it. It was 7:30pm. I wasn't tired, and sleeping would have screwed up my sleep schedule anyway. I was just drained and didn't want to do the things left on my todo list. I planned to clean the RV, do dishes, bring the RV to South San Francisco to dump the tanks, and write a blog post. For the first time in a long time, I just wanted to do nothing.

So I lay in my bed and thought about my options. One was to just stay in bed, maybe read or something, and hope I was refreshed when I woke up the next day. That's what I felt like doing. But when I thought about it, I was just setting myself up for another long day by piling my current todo list on top of the next day. If I could just muster the initiative to start doing things on my list, though, I would actually feel better. It always feels good to go to sleep with a clear todo list.

I scrubbed the kitchen counter first. It looked really nice, which motivated me a little bit to do the dishes. That took less time than I expected, which also motivated me. Before I knew it I had cleaned the whole RV, topped off the air in my low tire, and was on my way to dump my tanks. An hour later, I'm back in my RV with enough water to last for two weeks, and I'm on a roll. I didn't even hesitate to open up the text editor and get this post going.

Progress not perfection

On 10 in 365

One habit I tried to implement this week was getting up an hour earlier than my kids, so that I would have enough time to shower, get dressed, and do a little exercise before they woke up.

It worked the first day but the second day one of my children got up early, interrupting the little bit of me time I tried to carve out.

I felt a little bit like throwing up my hands and not even trying again. In fact the next two days I didn't I just slept in.

However, today was the 5th day and I tried again, in part because I wanted to give it another shot, and in part because we had somewhere we needed to be early this morning. I wanted to give myself that extra time to prepare before the kids got out of bed.

I took a little extra time to plan to limit the chances I'd wake my kids up early--keeping the lights dim, and some white noise in the background. And, it worked. I had a full hour to get ready and exercise, before needing to launch into taking care of everyone else's needs.

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