Lists, lists, lists…

The 2nd assignment for Writing 101 is write a list.  What a perfect assignment for me.  What can I say, I love lists, and I have written about them before on this blog.

My list of lists

A bucket list (which needs some updating)

A reading list for 2015 (I promise I have read more than I indicate here. Just need to update it!)

And that’s just my personal lists.  At work, I’m very process oriented and create many workflows and checklists.  A few years back, a colleague recommended the book A Checklist Manifesto by Atul Gawande.  I have been known to bring this to meetings to stress the importance of not just reading the checklist once, but following it every time!

So, the assignment was to really hone in on “things I like”, “things I’ve learned” or “things I wish”.  My earlier lists cover some of them, but I’m never one to shy away from creating new lists.

Things I like:

  • Rainbows
  • My family
  • Fine wine
  • Spending time with friends
  • The high I get from a great workout
  • Quiet time to read a book with no interruptions
  • The smell of old library books
  • Fall foliage
  • Chocolate
  • Dressing up to the nines
  • Lounging at home in my sweats

Thinking of warmer days and lunchtime walks…

http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2015/01/21/stressed-at-work-try-a-lunchtime-walk/

Seeing this article a few days ago about the benefits of lunchtime walks has me dreaming of springtime already.  (Although the snow today is very pretty!) I don’t get a chance often to take time for lunch.  I can be found eating at my desk, eating during meetings or just skipping lunch altogether – none of these are healthy. However, I have been known to make the check-in meetings with my individual team members walking meetings.  These are best for brainstorming new ideas or working out issues with projects.

Solos walks are also great to just clear my head.  There is something about walking through the busy streets of Manhattan that help me focus.  A very different kind of meditation.  It relieves my stress and I am often able to find a solution to the issues that have been weighing on my mind.