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Reflections on Things I Ought to Do More Often

Thursday, February 10, 2011

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One of my favorite blogs, Spousonomics, had a post a while ago called, "10 Things I Don't Always Feel Like Doing, but I Never Regret Having Done."

This started me thinking about my own list, and how it ties into my happiness project. Gretchen talks about how there are four different aspects to improving happiness -- you can increase things that make you feel good, decrease things that make you feel bad, find ways to help you feel "right," or create an atmosphere of growth in your life.

Given my personality type (compulsive rule-follower), it's not surprising that most of my resolutions have to do with feeling right -- as in, getting rid of the nagging voice saying that I should be flossing/exercising/whatever. Maybe happiness isn't the right word, but it puts me more at peace with myself.

In any case, I came up with my own list, which, not being a fan of absolute statements, I am calling "10 Things I Don't Always Feel Like Doing, but I Rarely Regret Having Done."
  1. Going to church
  2. Cleaning the kitchen counters
  3. Flossing
  4. Being super-friendly
  5. Getting out of bed when my alarm goes off
  6. Exercising
  7. Getting up to refill my water bottle
  8. Editing*
  9. Playing outside
  10. Picking up the apartment before bed

*This is an interesting one. Despite this being my part-time job, when I get a new editing project, I procrastinate terribly. And yet, when I actually start editing, it's one of my favorite things to do and it's hard to stop and take a break. I'm not sure if the difficulty starting is because I know how much time I'll spend on it once I get started, or the paralysis of perfectionism, knowing that this is one of my really valued skills.

One final thought: In order to decrease "feeling bad," I should probably work on another list: "10 Things I Often Feeling Like Doing, but Usually Regret Having Done"!

What do you think? What would be on your lists, and which is easier to tackle?

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