As part of The Queen Sweep programme that I’m doing with the fabulous Anna Kunnecke, we were encouraged to spend a tiny amount of time each day working towards our big dreams and goals. The reason for going with a tiny amount of time is that we have less excuses for not doing it, nor does the prospect of working on something for a short time intimidate us as much as thinking ‘I’m going to spend the whole afternoon on it’. My tiny amount of time was five minutes per day. I’ve been doing it for a week now and, oh my, it has exploded! So much has happened, so much stuff has shifted, so many possibilities opened…and I’m also finding that I have much more than five minutes per day now that I’ve started on it.
I don’t feel quite confident enough to declare publicly what my dream is just yet, but one of the things that I’ve been doing as part of working towards it is start a document where I note down all my thoughts and ideas about it. This includes questions to research, ideas to follow up and inspiration about what I could actually do. As part of this, I was suddenly struck by the urge to start a weekly suggestion on my blog. Inspired by the Rich Juicy Starry Beauty missive that comes from Anna Kunnecke each Friday and Susannah Conway’s ’Something for the Weekend’ posts, I want to create something similar. I had assumed that this would be something that I do *one day*; one day being I don’t know when, possibly when Oprah asked me to write a column for her magazine or some other kind of external proof that I had the right to do this. In this shower this morning, I though ’**** this. I’m going to start it today’. So here it is: my first Carpe Weekend post.
Most of us are familiar with the phrase ‘Carpe Diem’, or ‘Seize the day’. Yet rather than seizing every day, often it is only on the weekend that we feel we have time to stop, collect ourselves and breathe. This feature is designed to help with that: a small suggestion, tip or hint for you to try (if you wish!) over the weekend. Maybe it will make a difference to your life, maybe it won’t, maybe it will prompt some other thoughts. Enjoy – and seize your weekend!
Start a memo or similar in your phone labelled Shopping List. Whenever you come across something that needs replacing (or even better, will *soon* need replacing), or you remember an item that you want to buy, simply add it to the list. I’ve found this really helpful when I spot that i’m running low on particular toiletries, especially because my phone is never far from hand.
Delete the item once it is purchased, but keep the list ongoing – or even create a list of regular purchases, rather than having to think afresh every time you’re in the shop. If you share the shopping with someone else, maybe you could create a shared list in Google Drive or similar. Of course, having a list to hand doesn’t mean you’ll actually remember to look at it, but it’s a start!