I have always liked to savor my food and take the perfect last bite of food. Weird, I know, but I would often save that last yummy bite of pie or juicy slice of peach for the very last. Well over the years, I found that I would over eat because I was overly full by the time that I got to the last bit of food and definitely by the last bite.
I was always told to do the homework or work that I liked the least first to “get it over with” You know, complete the homework in the the subject that I didn’t like or struggled with, and then I could focus on what I liked. Do my chores around the house then I could relax. What I found over the years is that I didn’t then relax. Instead I watched mindless tv or was exhausted. So instead of enjoying my math home, in my case, I just wanted to get everything done because now it was ALL a chore. When I have housework to do, I would clean or organize, but then when I wanted to write or be creative, I would “poop out”
I started reading these Miracle Morning Books. One in particular, Miracle Mornings for Parents and Families by Lindsay and Mike McCarthy and Hal Elrod basically states to get up and have some time to yourself to mediate, write, exercise and plan out your goals. The Book doesn’t say to mop, scrub toilets, balance your checkbook,make a doctor’s appointment first thing. And all of these things that sound like they would take forever, can be done in 5-10 when necessary so you can get into the right mindset everyday. One day, I exercised and wrote first thing. Then when my husband said that we had to do some mundane thing around the house because it was some special trash pickup it was actually relaxing and kind of enjoyable. My daughter told me that she eats what she doesn’t like last, since she wants to enjoy the good things.
I have started doing the “fun stuff” because it energizes me. It makes me more relaxed and creative for the rest of the day. I don’t resent anyone because I’m doing something boring. I’m happy right where I am. It’s hard to reprogram myself to do this because sometimes I get caught up in that trap where I accidentally look at my phone because I get an urgent text and then it is downhill from there. I check on this that and the other thing and before you know it, I haven’t been productive and it has taken me double or triple the time to get my to-do list done. It’s like I’m in mud and trying to walk with labored steps.
So tomorrow when you wake up, have your dessert first. (ok maybe not really but sure if you find a really good french pastry well then who can blame you. Do the fun work and literally have your dessert before anything else). By doing this I’m in a better mood and I actually have more confidence because I feel like I can accomplish anything once I get these fun, creative things going. Also that weird phone call that I have to make (and hate by the way) isn’t so bad anymore because I’m in such a good mood from my creative endeavors.