Thursday, March 02, 2023

"the time of my life"

I watered the thousand and one plants and spring-prepped my indoor tea garden today: trimming plants, removing dead leaves and debris, repotting, pulling overgrowth, and putting away winter plants like poinsettia and paperwhites. It was very satisfying.

It was also very Parkinson's Law. I caretake the tea garden every week and it usually takes an hour or so. This week though, I'm on midterm break with extra time to spare, and the task took all the time I had. OTOH, I did such a thorough clean that it'll only need touch ups as the teaching weeks get busier in the second half of the semester.

Anyway--afterwards, I made myself some tea and made sure I enjoyed the results of a morning of hard work for at least 15 minutes with Scout and Huck in there. 

Then I had 15 minute-slots for all the rest of the stuff I wanted to do: 15 minutes for yoga, 15 minutes for dinner prep, 15 minutes for a soak, and so on... So it goes. But a mindful 15 minutes can do the trick. Even for exercise apparently--I heard it referred to as "exercise snacks" on the radio. 

Pic: Huck showing up for a closeup with Scout right behind.


StephLove said...

Sounds like a very balanced day.

Nicole said...

Okay, I love this post. I am a huge subscriber to Parkinson's Law. I find the more time I have available, the more time it takes me to get things done. I have to actively time myself sometimes to take only a reasonable amount of time to, for example, chop vegetables. I also love the idea of exercise snacks. It's perfect!

Gillian said...

Exercise snacks are a good idea.

Life of a Doctor's Wife said...

I love the concept of "exercise snacks." And sometimes 15 minutes is really all you need.

maya said...

It was a good day, StephLove.

Gillian, Doctor's Wife--Exercise Snacks are a winning concept... knowing it's "a thing" makes me feel less weird.

Nicole--Parkinson's Law can be a positive thing, I guess?

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