A while back, I posted about trying to establish some new habits. It’s a work in progress. It’s difficult to establish habits when you’re not yet into a routine. Our routine really won’t begin until Wednesday. Today is a weird administrative day for passing out schedules, getting pictures taken, etc., so it’s not normal. So, I’m taking it a day at a time, which is what I think I’m just going to have to do. I never know when I’m going to need to stay late for a meeting or to help a student. Geeky Girl sometimes wants to do things with friends after school and I’ll just wait for her. Days just don’t always go as planned. Over the last couple of weeks, I have managed to keep a few habits that have helped me keep the house a little neater. I’ve been putting things away rather than to leave them sitting and then have a pile to deal with days (or weeks) later: dishes, clothes, shoes. Whenever I notice something isn’t where it’s supposed to be, I take it where it needs to go. So far, I’ve been good about this. I might miss a day, but never two.
Mr. Geeky and I also started finishing up some long neglected house projects. We put up the drywall in the bathroom and I spackled the front porch to prep for painting (it’s been naked drywall for about 5 years). I think we both feel better about keeping things neat when the rooms under the clutter look good. Speaking of which, we still have a lot of clutter to get rid of, but we’re working on it.
Fitting in exercise is still a challenge. My fitbit shows my walking activity to be all over the map. I’d say I’m averaging between 5 and 6K steps per day, far below the 10k recommendation/goal. I know myself well enough to know that trying to get in an extra walk in the morning isn’t going to work. I only give myself about an hour to get ready and get out the door. Squeezing in a 1/2 hour walk isn’t going to happen. And there’s no getting me out of bed any earlier. If work started at 9, that’d be one thing, but I start at 8. I’m planning to walk in the afternoon/evening, bringing clothes to work every day, so that I can go from work if I want. I’m just really good at talking myself out of taking a long walk. It’s too hot, too cold, raining, not enough time, etc. Those are the things I really need to overcome.
Once school really starts, I think there will be other things I want to do, so I’m sure I’ll revisit this issue again. I keep trying. At some point, I’ll succeed.