What I’m happy about this week: having an action plan.
I always do better when I have an idea of where I’m heading, what’s important to me, and what I want to be working on each day—or even each moment. I made a list of areas that I want to keep in my focus. I may not be able to do all of them 100% of the time, but referring to this list will help me remember my priorities and ways I can make a difference in the world—and be happier myself.
Here’s my personal action plan:
- Connect with people in my community.
- Hold doors open for people.
- Be patient while driving.
- Ask how people are doing.
- Make eye contact and smile.
- Speak up for myself and others with respect and compassion.
- Watch my environmental impact.
- Try to use less paper (like using cloth napkins instead of paper towels).
- Turn off lights when I’m not in the room.
- Be aware of my water use.
- Drive less and walk more (which gives me more chances to run into people in my community and connect with them).
- Take care of myself (here’s a great post by A.E. Ash filled with ideas for self-care).
- Make sure I’m eating, drinking, and sleeping well.
- Get moving—do yoga and go for more walks.
- Do things I love (like write!).
- Educate myself on the things that matter to me.
- Practice gratitude—I need to remember that I am blessed and to focus on the specific things that are blessings to me.
There’s much happening in our world, and it can seem overwhelming. I want to keep working toward making the world a better place for those who are here now and the generations to come. That focus keeps me happy.