1. Do all the dishes in the sink.
I know, this one sucks. Not only does actually doing them suck, but it kind of sucks as a concept. Just do the dishes? What am I, an idiot? It’s so simple and mundane, and it’s just cleaning, so of course it’s virgoish, but it’s extra important. Trust me. I cannot relax when I know dishes are sitting in the sink, getting harder and harder to clean every second I don’t do them. Not only that, to me it’s the most frequent type of procrastination. Also, when finished, it feels very satisfying.
Doing the dishes doesn’t have to be tedious, though. While you’re doing them it gives you time to think. View it as therapeutic! If you start to get bored, put on some upbeat music or a podcast and who knows? You might find yourself enjoying it!
Bonus points: use a natural, biodegradable soap with a scent that makes you smile - I like geranium, citrus, and lavender.
2. Eat kale.
3. Organize one drawer.
How about the one right next to you? I’m assuming you’re at desk, but that may not be, so whatever’s closest. If you’re really up to a challenge do the drawer that’s the most insane (if I were to guess your worst, I’d say one in the kitchen). Take everything out, toss what’s trash, give what you don’t want (but is still valuable) to Goodwill, and put everything you have left back. Imagine this: you meet a new person. You like them, and want to impress them. The only thing you are allowed to show them and the basis for them to judge you on is this drawer. Would you rather look like a serial killer or someone who has their shit together? Keep this in mind when putting items back (fold, put in order, etc).
4. Create an essential oil spray.
You can find essential oils online (Amazon, Young Living) or you can probably find them at your health food store. Apartment Therapy has a method and there’s a couple blend ideas at Whole Living. Spritz (in the air or on fabric) and then breathe. Doesn’t that feel better?
5. Backup all the important files on your computer to (1) an external hard drive and/or (2) the cloud.
This one is pretty simple, but can set your mind at ease in a big way.
Backing up to an external hard drive is easy. You can use time machine if you have a mac, and here’s a more Windows specific tutorial. If you have a small amount of things to back up then you could use a flash drive.
The Cloud. You don’t have to call it that, but it’s a good idea to use it in addition to local backups if you want to be extra safe with your files. I love Dropbox and use it all the time to sync between computers and access stuff online - plus, it’s free. Mozy and Carbonite are other options.