To be accurate, it’s really only day 75 because I missed a day. While I’m on a roll I’m going to go for the extra 25 and make it a genuine 100.
That’s probably all I need to say about that. From tomorrow I’ll stop rattling on about targets and just get on with it.
I have a few things to do and then I’m going to set to work listing suitable subjects for future posts.
The morning started with sunlight streaming into the living room and dazzling me. An hour later it has now gone grey and the temperature has dropped significantly.
That will do for now – I’m feeling a bit slow due to the pain in my face and Julia needs to go out.
Here are some cheery photos.
Anderby Creek, Lincolnshire
Backlit Sumac Tree in the MENCAP garden
Sunrise, Trent Bridge, Nottingham
Lithops at Mencap Garden
Sunset over Basford, Nottingham
Guinea Fowl at Screveton
At the beginning of the year I set myself a target of decluttering by stealth – throwing out an item of accumulated detritus each day (by dumping, giving away, recycling or any other means) and getting rid of a book a day. Little by little I hoped to make a noticeable difference without too much stress.
So, the January results are in, and how have I done?
Target: 31 books given away. Actual: Er…0
I haven’t done too well on the giving away of books. I think I’ll say that I’m confident I can move this along in the next month and bring it back on target.
Target: 31 items removed from the house. Actual: 6
I had a good ferret round through a load of old paperwork and threw out the envelopes and other bits I didn’t need to keep. It felt good to take charge of things, but the feeling soon faded.
I also sorted some bits of useless junk, which went in the bin.
It’s a start, though even I have to admit that it isn’t much of a start. February is going to be an interesting month.
The book picture is a random book picture because I mentioned books in the post. I’ve decided I need some pictures around the blog to brighten it up.
I went out for a walk today, my first since last week. Well, if you consider 200 yards a walk. I liked it so much that I may do it again before going to bed.
Strange to think that it was only the end of December when we made our plan to get out into nature and do more walking. Now I’m struggling to get out of the house. It just goes to show how life can change in an instant.
Here’s another example of how you’re life can change in an instant. I actually saw him at the hospital on Wednesday. He was crossing the car park in a wheelchair as I hobbled around to the Urgent Treatment Centre. I didn’t actually know who he was until I saw the news on my return from hospital.
So, I’m going to get a grip and start making a note of my walking every day. It might only be 200 yards a day, but as long as it’s 201 yards next time it’s progress. To put that in context, it’s enough to get me from the car park to the lake at Rufford. Getting round the lake may take a little longer…
The photos are from previous visits, but I’m hoping to get some new ones soon.
Through the window
What you say, another offering from Nottingham’s answer to Peter Drucker? For I have decided to become a management guru. Maybe Tom Peters actually, because I just checked up and all in all I’d rather be compared to someone who is still alive.
Yes, after seeing the offerings sprinkling the internet I’ve decided to have a go at doing a list of my own. It’s inspired by the list of 5 things to do on Mondays that I’ve already talked about and the book The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.
(1) Define “success”. You don’t have to be an entrepreneur or a corporate drone digging yourself an early grave. It’s OK to be laid back, even lazy if you want to be. As long as you are making yourself and your partner (if you have one) happy and are paying your way you are doing OK.
(2) Look at your targets. Look at where you are now. Don’t stress out, just reduce the targets to match your current position. Simple.
(3) Plan several steps ahead. If you want to retire early and carve wood learn about carving now or it will never happen.
(4) Eat bacon. The importance of bacon sandwiches in bonding, teamwork and everyday life cannot be overstated. Surrounded by veggies? Get new friends. Tofu is not the same.
(5) Stop reading lists you find on Twitter. They are useless and they waste the time you should be spending on daydreaming or surfing the net in search of wisdom. Apart from those sites that start “17 Celebrities who…” I promise you there is no wisdom to be found there, and I have looked.