I’ve had a busy few weeks. We had a few projects to get done in the house before we had guests in and before Chris arrived home for Christmas. One of the projects has been underway since late November, one grew out of proportion because of odd sized construction and wall angles and one because our kitchen sink fittings corroded away.
A lot of work but I have or had time. I work from home so thought I could plug away at things a few hours a day and then on weekends. What I didn’t factor in was extra labour and time on each project and then little add-on projects.
Each project involved multiple shopping trips as the project grew and we learned of hidden problems.
I learned that multi-tasking doesn’t work that well. The trouble with multi-tasking is you lose focus on each individual project or task and you take time from each project or task to work on other things. Each time you interrupt one project or task to work on another one you lose focus and when you get back to the first project or task you have to wrap your thoughts around what was completed and what is the next step. The end result is a rush to get everything done on time and a lot of stress.
For me, multi-tasking is a waste of time and energy. I’ve learned that I’m better of completing each task or project before I start the next one.
A good example of the collapse of multi-tasking is me thinking I could get this musing written and posted faster than usual and before Christmas. If I had posted this on Friday, December 19th I wouldn’t have finished it and wouldn’t have time to edit it. There were multiple grammar mistakes in the first couple of drafts.
None of the planned projects were completed on time. We had guests in and no kitchen sink. I reworked the vanity in the guest bathroom after I picked them up at the airport. I still have projects to finish.
New Year’s Resolution number 1 – No more multi-tasking
Have you seen the multiple Random Acts of Kindness (RAK) being posted on Facebook? It’s wonderful.
I pray that the acts won’t stop and that they are not just a Christmas surge. I’m a big softy when it comes to RAK.
I understand that not everybody is in a position to financially commit a RAK. I challenge you no matter what your personal circumstances are to commit one RAK a day. RAK’s are easy; hold a door open, smile, say thank you, encourage someone, drop a nickel or more in a gift box or give it to your favourite charity. Call someone just to say hello. Let the person trying to get into or out of the parking lot go first. Offer to help in some way.
One of my favourite RAK’s is buying coffee for the next person in line at Tim Horton’s.
An important part of RAK’s is to do it anonymously if possible. I love the videos posted online because they inspire people but I also know that many RAK’s occur each day that no one knows about.
RAK’s are good for your health because they make you feel good.
New Year’s Resolution number 2 – Perform 1 random act of kindness each day
UGH. I used to hate making New Year’s Resolutions. The majority of people I know and asked don’t make resolutions because they find them hard to keep. I used to be like that.
I’ve found that by only having a couple of resolutions that mean something to me each year I can make the change I want to. A resolution can’t be made or kept to impress someone or if it is not something you are willing to work for and commit to.
I’ve already listed two of my resolutions and only have one more.
New Year’s Resolution number 3 - Continue to show people the beauty and simplicity of Send Out Cards as a business (www.sendoutcards.com/danwrites) and as a great way to stay in touch with people and to make new friends.
I have found since I started writing about gratitude every week that my life has gotten better. My attitude has improved. I find joy in many simple things. I find more reasons to be grateful every day. Not every day is a great day. My life is not perfect. I make mistakes and things go wrong in fact some days nothing seems to go right. However when I sit down at the end of the day I find there is always something to be grateful for. I wish I had understood this more when I was younger. The good news is it’s not too late.
(If you are looking for an easy New Year’s Resolution commit to being grateful a few times a week. It will change your life.)
On January 1st I started a personal 31 Day Gratitude Commitment and Challenge. Every day I am going to send a card to someone to say thank you to them. The fun part is some of the people are people I already know and some I haven’t met yet. They will be people from all walks of life and many different age groups. I don’t know yet how I will find them or who they are but I know they are out there and I’m looking forward to it.
Will you join me?
Will you step to the challenge and commit to sending someone a card every day?
Yes, I have an advantage because of Send Out Cards but you can still do it as well and if you want I can help you get started with Send Out Cards. www.sendoutcards.com/danwrites
As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them. John F. Kennedy
At times our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person. Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have lighted the flame within us. Albert Schweitzer
A little gratitude lights even the darkest days. Dan Beresford
A New Year has come and it is up to each of us to choose what we do with it. At the end of the year I hope you have chosen wisely because once the year is over it can never be regained. This year I choose to be grateful, kinder and to work smarter towards my goal of moving to Victoria, BC.
I hope you choose to continue reading my blog and to tell others about it. I hope you find something in my writing that makes you think.
Thank you for taking time from this New Year to read my blog. Please feel free to share it, respond to it, ignore it or enjoy it.
With a grateful heart,