5 Things to Do More Often

I mentioned to my husband I was working on this post. I started to ask him if he had any suggestions, when he began to smirk. I could see a glint in his eye. I decided not to ask for any suggestions. His list and my list would not be the same.

I imagine his list would say:

  1. Ride your bike more.
  2. Walk three miles every day.
  3.  Organize  your office.
  4. Dust your office.
  5. Put everything back in its place immediately after using said item.

My list, on the other hand,  says:

  1. Build in time to go out with friends more often. Coffee, lunch, happy hour, dinner are all options I need to remember for get-togethers with friends. Life gets busy and I get stuck in the rut of being home.
  2. Clear my desk. Stacks of papers and books seem to grow and grow. I need to find a place for each.
  3. See more movies. I love those recliner seats in movie theaters. When I can get to the first showing of the day, it is not only cheaper, but there are fewer people. I just forget that is an option for my day.
  4. Take my mom out for lunch. I try to savor every bit of time I can with my mom. She’s 87 and seems more frail every year. We need to spend quality time together, just chatting about her life or my life in general.
  5. Sit, sip, and savor a lovely glass of wine before dinner. Doesn’t that sound good? Usually I am so busy preparing dinner, I don’t have time to enjoy a glass of wine before dinner. Often when I have a guest for dinner, they sit at the counter, sip wine and visit with me while I’m finishing up preparations. I need to try this out too.

There you have it, my five things to do more often. Who knows, I might even do a few from my husband’s list too. 🙂

32 thoughts on “5 Things to Do More Often

  1. >Take my mom out for lunch.<

    We went out for lunch with my parents yesterday, and they both seemed more frail than I remember. This would be something that I need to add to my list as well.

    Thank you for your realistic list (especially #5!). 🙂

  2. ‘Life gets busy and I get stuck in the rut of being home.’ Boy can I/we relate to that! And not being a planner of my free time as my professional time is planned ad nauseam, this can happen more than I’d like.
    You are so fortunate to have your mother, and to be able to cherish those moments you spend with her. More time with Mom is dreamy…
    My list might include these: spend more time in nature; get out the sewing machine and create; write (I know, I know but that darn sciatica is still an issue 3 years later so I limit my sit time); meditate more…
    Best wishes for a wonderful day!

  3. I love your list, especially how you brought in your husband’s perspective first. Yes, those reclining seats at the movie theater are the best, aren’t they? I hope you’re able to focus on all of the things on your list–they each suond wonderful!

  4. That’s great. I’m going to steal this, not for posting but just in general. It’s a wonderful priority self-check. Especially loved the one about your mom. I always have that on my list too.

  5. Leigh Anne Eck says:

    My list and my husband’s list would like night and day too! He is kind of an exercise nut so I know #1 and #2 would be on there. And probably #3 and #4. Oh well, they love us any way, don’t they!

  6. I wish you would have asked your husband for the list too. Maybe he would have suggested some fun things too. Did “clear the desk” get on your list because your husband used some mind control? Sip, sip the wine was unexpected.

  7. I strongly urge you to move “spend more time with Mom” to the top of your list. Even though I had a very contentious relationship with my mother, I would still love to have another day with her, or two, or three, or four…. Like so many busy people, we forget to take time to kick back. And lately, I’ve been having that glass of wine before dinner as I cook. It helps me to become more relaxed and mindful about what is otherwise a thankless task. Nice Slice!

  8. Spending time with your Mom and friends – special. Organization – sometimes my craft room is a remnant of a storm. Take time for yourself, sit at the counter or on the porch, enjoy a glass of wine – dinner can wait an extra 15-20 minutes. Husbands always seem to have a different agenda!

  9. It seems that time is always a factor. There never seems to be enough of it to do the things we want. Have fun working on the items on your list.

  10. Joyce says:

    I really like that list and I’m very impressed that you find the time to incorporate your list into your busy life. Good for you!

  11. What a wonderful idea! I’m going to write one of these in my notebook today–and then see if I can actually do some of those things next month. I also want to spend more time with my mother. She lives one block away and yet I almost never see her!

  12. Love this post. I must admit I was skimming quickly and missed that the first list was husband’s. I was thinking, “Oh no, not these things!” But then I kept reading. Yessss! My kind of list. #2 is a constant for me too – sigh!

  13. carwilc says:

    I love this list. It could easily be mine, except that I would add spend more time by water- beaches, lakes, rivers, etc. And I do spend quite a bit of time with my mom (she’s 84). I go visit every Sunday.

  14. glenda funk says:

    The contrast between your list and your husband’s list are fun. Perspective means everything. You’ve given me much to think about in terms of my time and how I spend it.

  15. Great idea to also include what you think your husband would have suggested! Love your list = especially, lunch with your mom. When I was 21, my mom suffered a massive stroke and died eleven years later. I miss her everyday and only wish she could have been here when I was more grown up and could really take care of her the way my father never did. Your post brought tears to my eyes, Elsie. Enjoy those lunches with your mom!

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