Mowing dirt daily just doesn’t make sense. If you mow your lawn every day, pretty soon that’s what you’ll end up doing.
It takes me 25 minutes to push mow my yard, front and back. That’s it. Did I mention I hate yard work. It’s just not my thing. Once a week is sufficient. Sometimes I let it go 8 or 9 days. That’s just me procrastinating.
I believer there are some things you need to do everyday. Things like brushing your teeth (please) or getting dressed. Some things, however, should never be everyday habits. Mowing the lawn comes to mind.
You need to realize when your effort is being wasted on something you’re doing every day when it’s completely unnecessary.
There are some things you need to do weekly that are necessary. Mowing your lawn would be one of those things. Here are some other weekly habits I suggest you explore and schedule.
- The Week Ahead. You know what has to be done this coming week. So plan the week out ahead of time. Yes, there will be unexpected things that come up that need to be dealt with. Some of them important and others that are completely unnecessary. If you’ve scheduled your week ahead of time for things that you know you need to do, it will be much easier for you to say no to those urgent but completely unimportant things that come up.
- The Good Wife. (It was Breaking Bad, but that series has ended.) Planned TV time. I watch less and less TV as I get older. I admit I am an addict and TV is the single biggest waste of my time. The best I do now is decide what I want to watch at the start of the week, schedule when I’ll watch it and leave it at that. I don’t have a DVR but OnDemand allows me to do it this way. OnDemand is a blessing and a curse for the TV addict like myself. (HINT: Plan less and less TV time. Eventually, you won’t have any TV time at all. This may be a good thing.)
- Date Night. If you’re married or in a serious relationship, this should be at least a once-a-week meeting. It doesn’t have to be elaborate or expensive. It doesn’t have to be daily, even if you’re married. But once a week, do something a little out of the ordinary to connect with that person you are so close to. Surprises are always welcome if timed well.
- Family Connection. My wife and I have one daughter who lives in Guatemala. Once a week we connect over FaceTime just to connect. Last week, we talked about nothing for about an hour. Suddenly, my daughter says, “I love our random family conversations.” We literally talk about nothing but for her is is our family time.
- Community. For some, this may mean meeting with a group of likeminded individuals for accountability and encouragement. For others, community is going to church and connecting in worship and the Word together. I am an introvert, so community is harder for me. I know that I need it in order to grow as a person.
- Nature. Get out of the house. Go to a park. Go for a hike. Get away from the city. Even if it’s just for an hour or so, plan to do it and do it. If it means reading a book on a park bench then do that. The idea is to get away from the ordinary surroundings.
These are just a few ideas for weekly habits you don’t, or shouldn’t do, every day. They are, however, great things to do weekly. Don’t forget to mow your lawn.
QUESTION: What would you add to this list of weekly habits/activities that you already do?
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