I had a weird day. I’ve already written a few thousand words today—some for myself, some for others. But, now I’m finally getting to my blog. Obviously, if I was expecting to have the day I did, I would have planned a blog ahead. Instead, I’m just posting two right at the same time. For this one, I want to give you all 10 ways I’ve learned to stay ahead of myself.
- Fold your clothes right away. This may sound stupid. But, this is especially important for people who have depression. I recently heard of something called a depression pile. It’s basically a way to tell if you’re getting bad again or a way for others to tell. You absentmindedly start throwing your clothes into one specific pile without even realizing it. You’re not trying to be messy, you basically just keep telling yourself that you’ll get it later. This isn’t just with clothes. It can be with anything. Clothes just happen to be the most popular source. So, the best fix for this? Just take care of it right away. Don’t put it off. I actually have one of these piles next to my bed. I tell myself every day that I’ll take care of it, and I haven’t. Which is very weird for me. I always, always make sure my clothes are put away.
- Write it down. I don’t care how good you think your memory is. If it’s something you’ll need for future use, write that shit down. You’ll thank yourself later. I just recently started taking this one really seriously. It took awhile, but I accepted that I can’t remember everything. Plus, writing things down just feels good—it feels secure.
- Set your alarm to go off earlier than necessary. Rushing around in the morning is never fun. You will forget something almost every time, guaranteed. Take it day-by-day; 10 minutes earlier. 15 minutes. 20 minutes etc.. It feels so good to get up and ready before you even need to leave. You have time to relax and move at your own pace. It gives you control.
- Don’t push snooze. This one is hard. I know, more than anything, in the morning you believe you need that extra 5 minutes. You don’t. When your alarm goes off, get up as fast as you can. Do a few jumping jacks. Stretch. You won’t feel as tired as you assumed you were.
- Drink the water. We make this seem like such a hassle. Just drink it. It’s not that difficult. Buy a water bottle that holds at least 24oz and make yourself drink that daily. I drink at least 75oz per day. I never thought that was possible. You’ll feel better, look better, and react better. So, bottoms up.
- Learn as much as you can. Read the news. Read a book. Read a quote. Read a blog. Watch a documentary. Whatever it is, just try your best to constantly learn. It can be as simple as understanding the difference between a goal and a home run. Knowledge is the ultimate superpower. No one can take that away from you.
- Keep a calendar. It can be on your phone or on a piece of paper. It’s so easy to forget the appointments/work/fun you had planned—anything really. The weight on your shoulders will feel so much lighter if you just keep track of your life on paper.
- Don’t guilt yourself. Even the best of us have bad days or even bad weeks. It’s called being human. It doesn’t mean you’ve lost progress, it simply means you’re still progressing. Out of all 10 things, this one is what I struggle with most. I’m working on it, though.
- Eat vegetables. It’s that simple. Just eat them. You’ll feel better, look better, and eventually get used to people laughing at you for being so serious about your vegetables.
- Physical activity…Do it. I don’t care what it is. Walk as much as you can. Ride a bike. Run. Lift. Anything to get your heartbeat increasing. It’s the best therapy. Anyone can say they hate being active. Get them to commit to doing it every day for a month, and I promise they’ll be in love.
There you have it. 10 ways to stay ahead of yourself. So much more can be added to this list…10 is good for now.