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Things I should be doing every day

A quick list of the things I should be doing daily.

Things I should be doing every day
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    1. Pray

    1 Thessalonians 5:16-18: "Rejoice always, pray constantly, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you."

    With that, it's vital to pray daily and pray often. Right now, my focus is to do the "Three Hail Marys" devotion after waking and before bed, pray the Rosary once a day, and recite the Jesus prayer any time the thought strikes me.

    2. Read

    My focus is minimum two reading sources a day. The first is scripture--if I read nothing else, at least I should be reading the daily readings of the Catholic Church. The second is some sort of book. Could be fiction or non-fiction as long as it's something that provides value to me.

    3. Take a walk

    I'm on my feet all day at work, so being active during the day isn't too hard for me. On my days off, my focus could be going out somewhere for a lengthy walk--or some other type of exercise. I'll have time to sit and relax when I'm done.

    4. Watch something funny

    And do nothing else during that time. I used to be in the habit of watching something like standup or a good sitcom before work. Work would go by faster. I should get back into that flow.

    5. Be mindful of eating

    Somehow I've managed to cut back on sweets a bit in January. I should also be focusing more on eating smaller meals and not snacking between.

    6. Limit digital entertainment

    Things like TV and video games are fun, but I should be putting a rough limit on how much of those mediums I consume on a daily basis. It's like eating too much junk food. A bit isn't gonna kill ya, but too much will.

    7. Get enough sleep

    I often start work around 6:00am, so I'm usually up at about 4:30. A good practice is to shoot for at least 7 hours of sleep. Ideally 8+.

    8. Clean up

    I tend to leave a mess in spaces that belong to me alone. A wise move for me would be picking a small part of a space every day and clean/declutter it. Assuming I'm mindful enough to not re-dirty that space, I would soon enough be completely organized.

    9. Make note of one thing I've learned

    It's pretty easy to learn something new every day. It's much more difficult to learn something new daily and have it be something meaningful. Shoot for meaningful, always.

    10. Write one of these lists

    I used to do it more, then I fell off the wagon. It's one of the best exercises I've done and I'm happy to do it again.

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