Mondays are productivity days at SimpleProductivity blog.
Michell commented on my post about stagnation that there is a category of things she won’t do anymore. I thought about this, and I’ve come up with my list of things I will not do. After all, “life is too short to fold socks.”
Fold my daughter’s laundry. She’s eight. She’s old enough to fold her own clothes. I also look at this as valuable life training.
Wear uncomfortable shoes. I saw what wearing fashionable shoes did to my aunts’ feet. Hammertoes are nasty. I will not wear shoes that pinch, hurt or give blisters.
Buy dryclean-only clothes. The chemicals that drycleaning uses are toxic. The clothes smell funky when I get them back. And thanks to my inability to pass a day without spilling something on myself, clothes have to be cleaned frequently. Washable clothes only for me.
Choke down veggies I can’t stand. My father, the son of a farmer and an avid gardener, grew weird vegetables in addition to the beans, cucumbers and tomatoes. Some of the veggies I learned to appreciate, like sugar snap peas and black radishes. Others I developed a hate for: asparagus, Brussels sprouts and parsnips. I like a wide variety of veggies, including odd ones like beets, turnips, rutabagas and such. So I refuse to eat the ones that disgust me.
Work through lunch out of laziness. Sometimes it is just too much effort to get away from my desk during lunch. I may tell myself I will just sit and read, but I always end up thinking of “just one more thing” and working through lunch. I won’t do that anymore. I will make an effort to get away from my desk during my lunch break.
Work right up until bedtime. I have a habit of frantically doing things up until the minute I fall into bed. The old joke is the woman says she’s going to bed and cleans the kitchen, folds the laundry, packs lunches and gets to bed an hour later; the man says he’s going to bed and goes to bed. I get in cycles where I am doing things other than relaxing right up until I hit the sheets, and then I wonder why I can’t sleep. I will take at least a half hour to relax right before bed.
Read books that suck. I read. A lot. And most of what I read is pretty good. But there have been times when I have not liked a book, but finished reading it for one of three reasons: 1) it’s in a series I have read the rest of; 2) someone recommended it; 3) I can’t believe that something so bad could get published. If I don’t like the book by page 50, it’s time to move on. There are plenty of other books out there.
Take something just because it is free. This plays into the “I won’t read books that suck”. I am getting used to my Kindle, and honestly it is inspiring me to read more. I will pay for books, but Amazon dangles free ones in front of me as well. For the first few weeks I would downlod them and attempt to read them. Most did not make it past the first 50 pages. And now, because I can’t figure out how to purge my Kindle archive, I can’t find the books I want to read.
I want to know what you think life is too short to do. Share below!
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