Sunday, 16 October 2011
This is my new mantra - banish laziness and get stuck into life! Although most people I know would say that I am far from lazy, I know better. Admittedly, I manage to get up and out of bed and do what I need to do; get the kids dressed, unload the dishwasher, put a wash on, etc. At the end of the day when my husband walks through the door the house is relatively tidy and more oft than not there is a dinner ready to go. So I can get that much done - I can do what I have to do. No, my form of laziness is much worse than that. I want to learn Bridge. But I can't be bothered. I want to learn to use my vintage Singer. But I can't be bothered. I want to read, blog, decorate, cut out recipes, plan my Christmas, browse Etsy, puttery treat myself. But I can't be bothered. My laziness stops me from doing what I want to do.
I have a collection of ideas and things that will enhance my life and make me happy but I am just sitting back and watching them drift into the ether whilst moaning "I can't get anything done. I don't have time. I'm so tired. Blah. Blah. Blah". This must stop. I must banish this laziness and get stuck into life. My life. The life that I want. And it starts here.
First of all I have identified the things that are cluttering up my free time, they are namely unnecessary housework and television. For the housework I will be following the advice of the lovely Alison May over at Brocante Home on 'Creating A Lifestyle and introduce a proper routine to my housework so I am not forever playing catch-up. For television I will peruse The Guide on a Saturday and handpick what I want to watch for that week - and that will be it. No crap. No filler. No mindlessly flicking through the channels before landing halfway through an one of the less funny episodes of Friends and letting that suck up twenty minutes of my time (last Lent I gave up TV for the 40 days but that will be at a last resort if this doesn't work!).
With that sorted I will also adopt and 'carrot and stick' policy. Y'see, I love a glass of wine before bed. I find it helps me unwind gets me in a good frame of mind before bedtime. Unfortunately that poor defenceless glass of wine will have to become a pawn in the game and will only be able to make an appearance once I have done (or alongside of) what I set out to do. If I "can't be bothered" the wine stays in the bottle.
To some the above may seem like quite extreme tactics just to get something done but needs must, people. Needs. Must. And I need and must get stuck into life.
I'll let you know how it goes!