Nicole, a local nutritionist and the co-author of the book we’re working on regarding overall health and emotional attachments to food, came by my place on Wednesday so that we could work on the book. We ended up spending 6.5 hours working on the book (and on another project we feel passionate about – more of that in the future!), with only one 10-minute break to walk around the block. The full 6.5 hours was glorious and energizing and inspiring. As you can imagine, we accomplished a lot! Our brains were working overtime and they loved it.
After she left, I was thinking about how I’d like to set some goals for myself over the weekend. I have been working less at the vet clinic because I have started working more intently on freelancing projects, and it is wonderful to work from home. It gives me so much more freedom to design my own schedule and to feel great. And I am also getting much more work done, it seems, when I’m powering through work on projects that I sincerely adore doing.
But part of the problem from working from home is that I’ve started putting off little “at-home” things, because I know that I can get to them at any time. When I’m at the vet clinic for 9 hours in the day, I do a lot of work the moment I get home because I know that I only have a couple hours to do it. When I have all day at home, I work a lot on the projects I’m paid to do – but other things in my life fall by the wayside.
So at 9:30pm on Wednesday, I sat down to make a quick list of goals to accomplish over the next four or five days. Things to do for myself. Some of the things that I immediately wrote down included:
– Dust and vacuum;
– Organize all the papers on my desk (this is going to be the toughest challenge. My desk – the little one, the one that my computer is not on – is absolutely covered in piles upon piles of documents, papers, folders, and other random bits of “stuff”. It will take a solid couple hours to really sort through it all.);
– Pay bills;
– Take a book to the gym to read on an inclined treadmill.
It wasn’t until after I’d started the list that I realized something very important: not one item on the list was food-related. And I think that’s a good thing. Thanks to the comment that fd left on one of my blog posts, I am now trying to focus more on the ingredients in cosmetics and household items than on health in food. That doesn’t mean that I’m ignoring the nutritional content of food, but it means that I’m scaling back from critically examining it. Instead I want to focus on other things and let food just be food.
It’s surprisingly difficult to do that, but I think that if my sub-conscious mind started making a Things To Do list that didn’t include food, then I’m off to a good start. It’s going to be a slow process, I’m sure, but I’m making progress and that’s what’s important.
And it’s timely too, considering that that is what the book Nicole and I are writing is all about.
What’s on your to-do list this weekend?