Just a few days into my one-two punch of “study Italian and only eat food from home,” I’ve screwed up three times:
- I ran late one morning so I had to buy breakfast on the way to work.
- I found change in my pocket and bought a Twix bar from a vending machine (whoops)
- I really have no desire to study a romance language that’s not Spanish
The first two suck, but I’ve been getting better (I even bought a steel water bottle to motivate me to drink more water, which helps avoid sweet-buying temptations. But that last one is a realization I’ve never fully had. So I’m ditching the Italian-learning plan just a few days in and plan to find more little ways to implement Spanish learning in my daily life.
And it probably seems like I’m “giving up” on Italian pretty quickly. And you know what? You bet I am! But that’s the great thing about doing this “two projects a month” plan. I don’t need to be hitting home runs every time. Instead I just see what works, what feels right, and what I’m actually able to do, and I try to do it.
So even though I’m giving up one, here is a list of things I’ve been trying to do every day as of late:
- Drink at least a half gallon of water. Ideally closer to a gallon.
- Find little ways to practice Spanish.
- Wake up at the same time every day. (And attempt to get at least 7 hours of sleep)
- Be on my feet as much as I can.
- Avoid consuming too much news.
- Write. Like this. Or some of the other little things I’m working on.
- Generate at least 11 ideas a day. About one topic. This list is a bonus.
- Apply to a job. Even if I don’t stand a chance, maybe I strike someone and land an interview?
- Watch something funny. Try to laugh. It feels good.
- Avoid eating 3 hours before bed. No real benefit to it.
- When frustrated, open a notebook and list things I’m grateful for.