DSCN3532 I worked all day yesterday and much of today, but I’ve still had a workout every day and my husband and I went to the farmers market today and stocked up on vegetables. The smell when you cut a carrot fresh from the farm is so delicious. You don’t get that from grocery store carrots.

I’ve recommitted to eating right (though I had pizza last night and fully intend to have a burger at our family cookout tomorrow) and exercising. I checked my class schedule this morning and I see that I am only teaching on Friday mornings. That means I have four days of the week when I can hit the gym. If I keep up my first-thing-in-the-morning workouts and add that end-of-day dog walk I’ve been planning on for so long, I should be moving enough for health and happiness.

I also have been reading a new book called The ONE Thing: The Surprisingly Simple Truth Behind Extraordinary Results. In it the author shares persuasive evidence that multi-tasking doesn’t work (you knew that, right?) and that the pretty much perfect schedule is to identify the one most important thing you need to do and do it from 8:00 to noon. Here’s how he explains this idea in an interview at Forbes:

I time block. If you looked at my calendar, you’d see regular appointments with myself to do my most important work. That’s when I avoid distractions at all costs. Think of it like going to movies. You’re there for ONE Thing—to see the film. Because you’re really clear about that, you turn off your cell phone, you grab snacks in case you get hungry, and you probably even make a pit stop before you go in. All this so you can have an uninterrupted experience.

I’ve been doing it backwards. First, I spend the mornings dealing with emails and blogging and setting up social media and taking meetings, leaving the projects until the afternoon when I am probably less productive.  For another, I am available all the time, which guarantees interruptions. If I spent 8:00 to noon working on things that would generate leads or projects that have to be completed so they can be billed, we’d probably grow the business faster. If I spent that time working with #1 daughter to get our systems in hand, we’d smooth out the issues and be ready to grow without strife.

So I think I will now be doing the blogs and social media in the afternoon, and will therefore be able to go to the gym at 6:30 and get to work by 8:00. I can be available for a quarter of an hour then to get all the blogs launched and to make sure everybody has whatever they need for the day, and then I can turn off Skype and email and everything for the morning. After lunch, I can deal with emails and enjoy blogging and social media till time to walk the dogs.

I already have my gym membership and all the gear I need, so the last item in the Fitness Makeover is a long, hot bath this evening.

The Diet Makeover says to make a meal schedule and take time to savor those meals. I have put all those lovely fruits and veggies in the easiest to reach places in the kitchen and I have fruit and nuts and tea for an afternoon snack. My new work and workout schedule are well suited to steady meals: 6:00 a.m., noon, 3:00 p.m., and 6:00 p.m. Then I clean the kitchen and close it for the night.

The third of the Health & Beauty triumvirate is the Beauty Makeover. I cleaned out my products and read an intriguing book called Makeup Wakeup.  I played around with the make up. Now, Satuday afternoon, I am supposed to make sure that I have all the things on this list:

  • facial cleanser
  • toner
  • moisturizer (with SPF for day and a richer one for night)
  • exfoliating face scrub
  • face mask

I have the first three, but not the others. I think perhaps the cleanser and toner I use are enough for exfoliation at my age — the brand, Shiseido, doesn’t offer a separate exfoliator and their mask is $62.50. So, yeah, I am not doing this shopping.

Continuing the list:

  • eye liner
  • mascara
  • eye shadow palette
  • blush
  • lipstick
  • brow gel
  • concealer
  • powder
  • foundation
  • lip pencil
  • brow pencil
  • brushes
  • pencil sharpener
  • eyelash curler
  • tweezers
  • makeup remover
  • Q-tips
  • cotton balls

Astonishingly enough, I own all these things except brow gel (whatever the heck that is) and an eyelash curler. I asked #1 daughter whether she uses an eyelash curler and she looked at me askance. “Yes,” she said, in a tone intimating that if she weren’t so well brought up she would have said much more.

Tonight, I am supposed to use all these things to create a night time look. Honestly, my evenings out tend to be choir practice, so I doubt that I need this skill. Tomorrow morning I should practice a day time look and then go out — which I am doing. Both days I am to remove the make up and care for my skin properly. I think my husband will be looking askance at me, too. However, the book says that figuring it out now will allow me to do it as a routine in the future in a matter of minutes.

I have “Dress like a grown up” on my morning routine list, and the books I’m reading make it clear that for a woman my age, that includes putting on make up. The routine is not so daunting if you look at their proposed steps rather than the list of stuff:

  • Morning: wash, tone, and moisturize face and apply a daytime look
  • Evening: if going out, spruce up with an evening look
  • Night: remove makeup, then wash, tone, and moisturize
  • Weekly: use a face mask on Sundays

That doesn’t sound so bad, does it?