Archive for April, 2014

Can you stand another optometry reference?

Get your eyes checked.  There’s a reason your glasses or contact lens prescription expires after a year.  Even if there is no change to your vision, you still need to visit your eye doctor every year to check on the health of your eyes.  And it’s not just things like glaucoma or retinal tears; your optometrist may also catch the occasional tumor or hypertensive crisis if signs are present in the eyes.

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Keep 2 To-Do lists.  One is for tasks you need to do today, the other for ongoing or less urgent tasks.  On your Today list, try to cap it at 3 items or less, marking one as the most important that must be completed today.  If you have trouble deciding which task is most important, let me tell you from personal experience: it’s the one you want to do the least.  Everything else goes on your Ongoing to-do list.

The reason for 2 lists is to reduce the stress and turbidity associated with having to look through a 30-item monstrosity whenever you want to check what you have to do.  Three is a more manageable number, and once these are crossed off, you can always do something else from your Ongoing list or just wait until tomorrow to add 3 more to the queue.

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Socialize, exercise, and meditate to clear the day’s stress instead of what most people do–binge, booze, and bitch.  Exercise and meditation is for the body and mind; socializing is for the spirit.  A decaying spirit can wreak devastation on the body and mind while a vibrant one has the power to heal and invigorate.  Don’t underestimate the importance of friends and family.

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sunset sky waves

Life is a slippery, muddy hill.  If you don’t keep trudging up, you’ll keep sliding down.  As we age, we’re faced with crow’s feet, thinning lips, and forehead lines.  Exercise and diet can be a decent bulwark against this erosion, but the tide of time knows no surrender.


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Don’t always be hard on yourself.  It takes time to break in a new habit, like a well-fitting pair of jeans.  It took me 6 months to start waking up each day at the same time and another 2 months to reduce my “snoozes” from 2 to 1.  In 2 more months, I hope to excise “snooze” from my life altogether.  Ostensibly, that may seem like a pitiful achievement, but remember that even small course corrections can mean the difference between a successful voyage and ineluctable shipwreck.  Your destination, good or bad, is rarely the result of a single decision, but rather the final sum of all the little decisions you make each and every day, including this one–today.

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