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Some weeks my checklist encourages me to do everything I should do to improve my life, tracks important information and happy memories, and organizes my work.

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Some weeks it shows me what I’m not doing. It’s easy for me to think that I usually get enough water and exercise, that I rarely eat sugar, that I keep up with my housekeeping and my morning and evening routines — but sometimes life gets busy and all those things fall by the wayside.

It’s good to know this. I feel tired today, and I can look and see that I had just over six hours of sleep each night this week, that I ate sugar every day, and that I had multiple meetings and events each day, disrupting those morning and evening routines.

That lets me know the changes I should make. It reminds me that I enjoyed a concert and a dinner and choir practice and the WordCamp meetup, so maybe that’s worth feeling a little slow on Saturday.

As for my routines, it occurs to me that I could simplify both into the same four steps:

  1. Exercise at 6:00. I’ll brush teeth before the morning workout and clear my desk before the evening one, but both can be scheduled at 6:00 to kick off the routine.
  2. Wholesome meal followed by clean up. That’s clearing dishes and making my bed (if nobody’s in it) in the morning, and dishes plus a daily chore in the evening. It’s whole grains and fruit at breakfast and meat and vegetables for dinner, but wholesome in both cases.
  3. Teeth, nails, skin, and hair —  morning includes dressing my skin like a grownup and putting on make up, evening includes flossing and slathering on the unguents, but if I do something for each of those organs morning and night I should be reasonably well-groomed.
  4. 8:00 rule. In the evening, 8:00 is when I should get ready for the morning and then for sleep. In the morning, it’s when I start work. In both cases, it should be the end of consumption — TV, news, food, phone calls, what have you.

Exercise, Meal, TNSH, 8:00. Not  a memorable phrase, admittedly, but maybe I’ll come up with one.