I Do What I Want

It’s no secret that I thrive when I have a routine. I also greatly resent my adulthood transition and often find myself missing the “don’t care, this is what I want to do today” mindset that I had when I was a child. However, I’m excited to announce that I’ve found a way to travel back in time!…If only for a few moments. But, you can do it every day if you put your mind to it!

Back in July, I got a bit bored with my job seeking routine and decided to take a break. I was still hunting, just not as strongly as I had been during previous months. I started putting items first on my “to-do” list that didn’t really need to be done any sooner than the others. For example, I was taking long bike rides in the morning before checking my email. As I continued this pattern, I couldn’t help but notice how free I felt. Even though I’m accustomed to a strict schedule, I felt like I had control over my own life and my own decisions instead of the economy.

And, as they say, all good things must come to an end. After about a month, I realized that I needed to get back into the game, but, I’ve certainly found a way to incorporate my newly discovered, free spirit into my daily life…but in smaller doses.

With children, significant others, fulltime jobs, etc. it may seem like we can never give ourselves the attention to our wants that we truly deserve. My challenge to you is even if it’s just once a week or once a month, complete the item you WANT to do before moving on to your traditional TO-DO list. I’m obviously not suggesting that you select to give yourself a pedicure instead of feeding your children. This challenge could be as simple as meditating for five minutes BEFORE taking out the trash.

Try it once. Put the things you love to do back on your “to-do” list.

Granny Smith – over and out

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9 thoughts on “I Do What I Want

  1. Fun fact: they’ve done studies that show if you do something you enjoyed when you were a child (ie: coloring, flying kites, etc) when you’re stressed out, your stress levels will dramatically decrease. For some reason, reading your post made me think of that. It’s always good to take a moment and just remember to have some fun.

  2. “even if it’s just once a week or once a month, complete the item you WANT to do before moving on to your traditional TO-DO list.”

    Yes, If only we had the time to purse our dreams, and reach our life goals. What would I do if I could DO ANYTHING … Hmm…

    … guess I will go watch some TV (slumps down on couch, picks up remote).

    : )

  3. It’s so hard to maintain the routine. Especially working from home it’s so tempting to give in to the “I do what I want.” I like your advice in taking time to enjoy the freeing lifestyle weather it’s riding bikes or sitting on the couch it’s good to take a break.

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