Tuesday, 05 May 2020 06:15

What will normal be?

So when we go back to normal, what will normal be? Will we go back to the way things were before or will we do things differently?

Will all this time on my hands I have done a lot of thinking, and I am sure you have too. I have been thinking about family and friends, about my lifestyle, about what I do and how I do it. And most of all I have been thinking about what should change, what I should change, what I can change and what I want to change. With all this thinking comes more lists, one for me personally and one for all of us to think about. And then I found this list which covers most of what I had and more. Somehow 60 Ways To Make Life Simple Again  written by Marc Chernoff has turned into 50 ways, but you can add your own….

1.     Communicate.

2.     Be polite.

3.     Your health is your life.  Get an annual physical check-up.

4.     Live below your means.  Don’t buy stuff you don’t need. 

5.     Get enough sleep every night. 

6.      Get up 30 minutes earlier so you don’t have to rush.

7.     Get off your high horse, talk it out, shake hands or hug, and move on.

8.     Don’t waste your time on jealously.  The only person you’re competing against is yourself.

9.     Organize your living space and working space. 

10.  Get rid of stuff you don’t use.

11.  Don’t try to please everyone.  Just do what you know is right.

12.  Don’t drink alcohol when you’re mad or sad.  Take a jog instead.

13.  Be sure to pay your bills on time.

14.  Fill up with fuel on the way home, not in the morning when you’re in a hurry.

15.  Use technology to automate tasks.

16.  Handle important two-minute tasks immediately.

17.  Always be honest with yourself and others.

18.  Say “I love you” to your loved ones as often as possible.

19.  Single-task.  Do one thing at a time and give it all you got.

20.  Finish one project before you start another.

21.  Be yourself.

22.  When traveling, pack light.  Don’t bring it unless you absolutely must.

23.  Clean up after yourself.  Don’t put it off until later.

24.  Learn to cook, and cook.

25.  Make a weekly (healthy) menu, and shop for only the items you need.

26.  Buy things with cash.

27.  Maintain your car, home, and other personal belongings you rely on.

28.  Smile often, even to complete strangers.

29.  Treat everyone with respect.

30.  Apologize when you should.

31.  Write things down.

32.  Be curious.  Don’t be scared to learn something new.

33.  Explore new ideas and opportunities often.

34.  Don’t be shy.  Network with people.  Meet new people.

35.  Don’t worry too much about what other people think about you.

36.  Spend time with nice people.

37.  Don’t text and drive.  Don’t drink and drive.

38.  Drink water when you’re thirsty.

39.  Don’t eat when you’re bored.  Eat when you’re hungry.

40.  Exercise every day.  Simply take a long, relaxing walk or commit 30 minutes to an exercise program.

41.  Let go of things you can’t change.  Concentrate on things you can.

42.  Realize that the harder you work, the luckier you will become.

43.  Follow your heart.  Don’t waste your life fulfilling someone else’s dreams and desires.

44.  Set priorities for yourself and act accordingly.

45.  Take it slow and add up all your small victories..

46.  Excel at what you do.  Otherwise you’ll just frustrate yourself.

47.  Realize that you’re never quite as right as you think you are.

48.  Build something or do something that makes you proud.

49.  Make mistakes, learn from them, laugh about them, and move along.

50.  Oh, and enjoy life’s simple pleasures?

How will you do things differently?

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