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Wednesday, 17 June 2015

Motivation Shake Up

I'm finding it hard to shake out of holiday mode, and with the cooler mornings, not actually wanting to get up before ahem, nine.

Do you love books so much you try to read several at once? I do

The thing is, I feel guilty doing it - which is crazy as I am fully entitled. I think it is a little battle in my head about underachieving.
What do others do to spark up their motivation at home? I have plenty to do - I think I need to go back to writing a list and ticking it off.

Plant garlic
Finish mail art parcel to sister.
Finish tax books
1 hour of gardening every day
Training Munta dog to come when he is called 

There, one thing achieved. It's not fabulous but is more interesting than a courier bag, and is all recycled. (It's the book I bought in Rarotonga, and a tropical fish chart that they wanted but missed buying)

I think I need to go back to Aunt Grace's rules, which I posted about ages ago.


I have had this written in my journal for quite some time, and unfortunately didn't write the source, so if anyone reading it recognizes it, please let me know so that i can attribute it appropriately.

1. Do something for someone else

2. Do something for myself

3. Do something I don't want to do that needs doing

4. Do a physical exercise

5. Do a mental exercise

6. Do an original prayer that always includes counting my blessings.
    (In my own interpretation it is think of something I am grateful for daily)

Here's part of today's physical exercise - saved $500 on a gym membership. This is no easy patch of lawn. It's usually Derek's part to mow, but he goes to work and comes home in the dark, so that covers doing something for someone else too!

 and here are some I need to add....
                           Anne's Rules

1. Finish a project every day that I have left uncompleted (imagine the impact)

2. Spend some time with nature every day - and really see it, feel it, smell it, touch it, hear it.

3.Spend 15 minutes every day doing an extra cleaning job.

4. Make time to text, email, write a letter, phone or visit a friend every day.

5. Do something extra for the environment every day (like picking up rubbish or signing a petition or writing a letter)

6. Do something creative every day (can be a new recipe tried, journaling..)
Here's today's pick up, from when I was out riding my bike

Yes, that's done it. That got me up and moving!
PS, I've decided to keep a log of these things that I do so that I can look back and know that I am achieving. But don't worry, it's not going on here - wouldn't want to bore you to tears.


  1. Ha ha! Love the photo, lady with books. I always have a hard time gettIng myself back in gear when I return from a holiday and I love your lists. It helps me to just do SOMETHING even when my head doesn't care about doing anything and that starts my motor going again. Besides, I think we need to hold on to some of that relaxed feeling and all those endorphins that a holiday provides for as long as we can!

    1. Yep, lists are great - I think that's what has been lacking lately - I had stopped writing them.

  2. That photo could be me! Love your to-do list especially number five that I need to add to mine.

    1. Glad I'm not the only crazy multi-book reader. Thanks for your comment :)


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