You all know I love my lists. Last year when I got furloughed it took me a month to realize that I needed some routine in my days. It was more challenging than I had expected to fill up approximately 10 hours a day, five times a week, especially since we weren’t supposed to be leaving the house.
I decided to use a daily list and to work on some new habits while I was at it: more fruits/veggies, drink more water, kitchen floor (yes, it REALLY needed serious cleaning), front porch (we’re scrapping old paint off the stucco), creeping Charlie. The kitchen floor eventually got spectacularly clean, I got better at fruits/veggies and water, creeping Charlie…. well you know how it goes with creeping Charlie. It was a relaxing part of my day to cross off things that I had accomplished.
After about a month of furlough, I decide to re-start my work on Italian. I had started about a year before, using a free app on my phone (Duolingo) but had let it slide after several months. When I got back online, I started at the beginning even though the app remembered where I had been. And I decided that I would keep each day’s lesson short; if I set a goal of too many minutes, I knew it might de-rail me.
Yesterday after the first part of my lesson (I do two lessons a day), I got a blip saying I had hit 365 straight days… an entire year of working on my Italian every day. I even did my lessons when YA and I went to San Diego in August – the app is on my phone, so easy peasy. Of all the things on my various lists over the last year, this is the only thing that I have consistently done every single day. It’s an amazing feat, even to me. Of course, at ten minutes a day, I’m not blazing any linguistic trails, but if you want to know about elephants drinking water, I’m your gal (Gli elefanti bevono l’acqua)!
Do you have a routine you’re consistent with? That’s you’d LIKE to be consistent with?