My 200th Post: The Good Things Jar

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Happy Friday! ¬†We made it ūüėČ ¬†I’m excited to announce this is my 200th post on this blog. ¬†That is quite an accomplishment, I must say. ¬†It signifies a commitment to my writing practice and to you, my dear readers. ¬†It’s important to celebrate all those milestones, no matter how big or small they seem in the moment.

One way we can do that is to create a Good Things Jar.  I first saw this concept posted on Facebook, but there are many different versions of it.  In fact, a friend of mine and fellow blogger recently posted about The Happiness Jar, a kind of gratitude jar, which was introduced by writer Elizabeth Gilbert.

The Good Things Jar helps you focus on something good that happened each week. ¬†You write it down on a slip of paper and place it in your jar. ¬†Then, at the end of the year, maybe even on New Year’s Eve, you can open the jar and read about all the good things that happened in 2017.

Alternatively, if you don’t have time or space for a jar, you can simply make a list and keep track that way, but it might not be as much fun. ¬†I realized I was actually doing this last year when I kept a list of “miracles” (big and small) that occurred to me or someone else I cared about. ¬†This was in response to my word of the year.

But whatever you decide to do, keeping track of your successes, what you are grateful for, and the general positives in your life is guaranteed to be uplifting.

May you have a year filled with many good things!

“Get to Work” Playlist

I don’t know about all of you, but for me, sometimes getting to work can be quite a challenge, especially since I work from home. ¬†There are so many distractions!

So I’ve developed a system, or rather a series of mind tricks, that I can use to get myself to work OR back to work if I’m taking a break.

  • The most recent is the “Get to Work” playlist. ¬†It takes a little time to make the playlist, but once it’s done, the results are so rewarding! ¬†The bonus: you get your creative muscle working by picking out songs. ¬†One song I chose was recommended to me by a good friend. ¬†It’s called “Over and Over” by Madonna, in the early years. ¬†The tune is very 80s, but the words are what count. ¬†She reminds us that we must get up again, over and over. ¬†Think of that Weeble Wobble toy that can’t stay down!
  • Make tea or coffee. ¬†The simple act of getting up can really get you going. ¬†Before you know it, you’ll have forgotten all about the tea until it’s cold ūüėČ
  • Have a mantra or two that you repeat to yourself to get moving. ¬†Add a little action, like a punch or a high kick, and it will really solidify your start.
  • If you’re really down, go to your list of affirmations–the reminders of all the things you’ve accomplished and all the positive messages you’ve received over time. ¬†Everyone needs a little encouragement, time and again, to quiet the negative voices in the background.
  • Practice gratefulness. ¬†Nothing like reminding yourself of what you have to help you forget what you might be lacking. ¬†It helps cure boredom, too, which is really just a form of fear.
  • If you have a work space, get up and get it ready for work. ¬†The simple act of cleaning off your desk can make you feel ready to tackle new projects. ¬†Just don’t let it turn into an all-day cleaning marathon ūüėČ
  • Take 15 minute breaks at the end of each hour with a reward (nothing too distracting). ¬†It might sound counterintuitive, but it actually helps refresh the mind so you can go longer and stronger. ¬†It’s good to give the eyes a break from the computer screen, too. ¬†Practice blinking to keep those eyes from going dry from too much staring. ¬†Some healthy rewards include doing a few yoga stretches or taking a quick walk, having a little protein snack, or drinking more water or tea.

So go make that playlist. ¬†I guarantee that even after one song, you’ll be ready to get to work. ¬†And FYI, if you’re in the middle of a project and you feel stuck and want to bolt–Don’t. ¬†Turn on one of your songs, instead. ¬†It often does the trick to keep your body in the chair long enough so you can work through the problem creatively rather than run away from it.

Now get to work! ūüėČ