It’s been a while since I provided an update regarding my habits. That doesn’t mean they aren’t going well. In fact, for the most part, the habits are firmly established. In terms of my most recent habit, I learned over the last few weeks that although I won’t stop being a potty mouth completely, I can use my choice words more scarcely and interestingly, they have more effect that way! I have also allowed myself to swear at the gym. I wasn’t going to be able to overcome that. I already owe my trainer over 10 teas so I think I need to get him a Starbucks gift card and accept defeat. But most importantly, I no longer use “bad” words in front of the children. The boys were very disappointed that they weren’t able to catch me being a potty mouth-not even once.
The other habits are going well too. I continue to brush my teeth before bed and I have maintained my water intake. My cell phone usage is still under control-for the most part. I have not returned to weighing myself daily or even weekly for that matter and I realized the other day, that I can’t remember the last time I ran around the house frantically searching for my keys or wallet. Overall, I am much calmer with these new habits in place. So it’s time to add another.
The next change needs to be timed right. I need to be able to put in a lot of time at the front end in order to get a grip on this aspect of my life that causes me significant stress. It has to do with email.
I am one of those people with an overflowing inbox (over 2400 emails are currently in my inbox). I can’t handle it. Every time I login and see all those emails in my inbox, I feel a mild sense of anxiety. I want to be one of those people who deals with email as it comes in. Read it, reply to it, file it or delete it. I don’t want weeks and weeks worth of email in my inbox causing me to panic that I have missed something important. It gets to a point where it is so overwhelming that I start to feel like it is pointless to try to control it. But I haven’t given up yet.
I decided that I am going to get a grip on my overflowing email during March Break. I have some extra time to catch up on this as many of the boys’ activities are on hold and I won’t be commuting as often. My plan is to clean out my inbox completely and then to allocate some time everyday or at least every other day to catch up on messages. I have already started unsubscribing to many of the email newsletters and specials that inundate my inbox. Every time I unsubscribe, I feel a little more in control. It’s amazing how a small act can give such satisfaction.
So hear I go. Three weeks of reading, replying, filing or deleting.
Another good read. Best tip, easy to say, is respond to, file or delete, messages as they arrive in your inbox. Easier said then done (from the guy with over 2600 messages in his work inbox and 800+ personal) but this has proven successful when I’ve done it. Like anything else, have to make it a habit to succeed. Ok, off to clean up my inbox!
Thanks Peter. Not the most exciting topic I know but it certainly will make me feel better when I can get a handle on it. I have also managed to get on top of it in the past. This time, I hope to stay on top of it:)