Thirty-some years ago the father of a guy I was dating gave me a round tuit. I wish I still had it. It was a disk that said in small letters around the edges, “When you need to get…” and in larger letters in the center it said “A Round Tuit.” I’m sure I speak for many of you when I say sometimes we all need to get a round tuit. We have “so much to do” in regards to work or other stuff (a lot of which are time wasters, such as spending too much time on social media) that doing little things like saying “I appreciate you” get lost in the busy-ness of our lives and are not said or done. Which is sad.
“We need a little prodding to get out of bed, get things accomplished, and be productive. It’s natural to slack sometimes (to be “lazy” as some people will put it, though I prefer to say “motivationally challenged), but other days we want to get up and be Productive, with a capital P. Or, to quote my 20-something year old son. “Get Shit Done!!”
While millions of people are practicing safe distancing and staying home, they may feel some days that there’s really no point in getting up and about, though holding the couch down all the time is not a good way to spend one’s precious time. In this time of stay-at-home orders, we could all be clearing off our to-do lists. Maybe keeping an image in our heads of that cute little keychain with the positive motivational message “A Round Tuit” will help.
As it happens, life often doesn’t allow us to wallow in bed (ok, pre-pandemic this was more the case than it is now, but still). We could all employ a bit of positive self talk urging ourselves on to do the little and big things that maybe have been piling up or otherwise been neglected in our lives.
Toward the end of inspiring readers, I present the following suggestions for your to-do list, with a reminder it’s probably better to NOT put off today what you might (not) be able to do tomorrow. Because tomorrow is never promised, as it is said. So, for today, shall we — —
- Go for that great new job, or quit an old one that is no longer suiting you. Chart a new course, take on some new gigs, network, polish up that resume.
- Start an exercise routine. Hey, it’s finally warming up outside, and moving your body is a great idea during shutdown times — and all times, really.
- Tell someone how you feel, express appreciation and gratitude for someone (or some people).
- Go for that new relationship (or friendship) or move out of a relationship that is not positively affirming and adding value to your life (in other words, one that is toxic and full of negativity and “downers”).
- Start a new home-remodeling project. Take a class (videos on the internet can teach you anything!!) to learn how to do DIY projects, or gain other skills that may be useful in your work or life in general. Some day those who aren’t going to work during this crisis will be able to go back, and new skills are always a good thing.
- Call your parent(s), a sibling, a friend you’ve been out of touch with for some time and/or your child(ren) and re-connect. We never know how long we are going to be blessed with our loved ones, so we should get into the habit of sending love to those loved ones on a regular basis.
- Write an article (or two, or three) on Medium. Just saying.
These were just few ideas. It’s not a complete list, though I think it’s a start. I read somewhere that sometimes older people, when interviewed about their long lives, will say they have no regrets for things they have done but rather they regret some things they did NOT do. Sometimes the opportunities that present themselves to use today may not be there tomorrow. So grab the bull by the proverbial horns and go for it!! Avoid having these regrets in your later life and get a round tuit!!