Manifesto is a big word and probably not suited to what this is. Still, this is what I called it when I wrote it down about four months ago.
Four months ago I was looking at two things: 1) I was about to write a book and would be insanely busy and 2) my life and house needed some serious organization and scheduling. I knew I couldn’t tackle the house/life like I wanted with a book project happening, so…
I made myself a little manifesto of simple do-able goals I could do — to give me the feeling that I was making progress.
The little things matter, I was pretty sure. So my simple little manifesto is a simple little list of simple little things that make a big, big difference in my outlook.
Here’s what I decided to do. Some are daily and some are not. Some may make you seriously question my sanity and my prior habits, but I’m willing to put it out there if you’re willing to not judge me for it.
- change out of my barn clothes right after the morning milking (instead of later on in the day)
- shower more often and get a hair cut
- eat regularly (I tend to skip meals when I’m busy)
- exercise 2 to 3 times per week
- read for pleasure
- declutter for 10 minutes every day
- give thanks for 5 things each day
- go to bed with a clean(er) kitchen
I have not done them all. I still skip meals and I have not read for pleasure yet. Also, the kitchen is not often clean-clean before bed each night, though it is more tidy overall.
I have been doing the rest of the things pretty regularly. And they made a bigger difference than even I expected. Especially the first one, changing out of my barn clothes sooner rather than later.
What simple little tasks do you give yourself each day to keep your head in the game and your spirits up?