To Do List
July 30th, 2010

I’m always looking for ways to improve myself and here in the world of blogging it’s easy to get lost in our heads.  We think lofty thoughts.  We analyze and distill the world around us.  We mull and ruminate and ponder and probe.  But the blogosphere doesn’t always offer opportunities for us to act on all of the thoughts we think and words we write.  So today I’m skipping the Ten Dollar Thoughts and offering ten one-dollar ideas for things we can do that might help us end the day a bit better than we began it.

  1. Open the door.  Chances are that at least once a day (and with only mild inconvenience) you have the opportunity to open or hold the door for someone else.  Do it, it might make their day.
  2. Drink a smoothie.  Most of us don’t come close to eating as many servings of fruits and vegetables as we should each day.  The following recipe contains three full servings of fruit as well as lean protein and calcium.  Put into your blender: 1 sliced banana, ½ cup plain nonfat yogurt, ½ cup plain soy milk, heaping ½ cup frozen blueberries, heaping ½ cup frozen strawberries.  Blend until smooth.
  3. Pick up some trash.  Whether it’s a water bottle or a candy bar wrapper, when you see a piece of trash on the ground pick it up and put it in the nearest garbage can.  You can leave the world a little better than you found it.
  4. Word of the allows you to register for their Word of the Day.  Expand your vocabulary one day at a time.
  5. Take a walk.  Most decent television shows are in reruns right now.  This evening instead of curling up on the couch take 30 minutes and walk around your neighborhood.  You’ll burn some calories, stretch your legs, and maybe have an interesting conversation with a neighbor.
  6. Floss.  There are all kinds of health benefits to flossing.  See for yourself.  Besides, flossing is easy and it only takes a minute.
  7. Go to bed early.  We are getting less sleep than we used to, and there are some important benefits of sleep.  So get some extra Z’s and thank yourself for it.
  8. Pay a compliment. We all feel better when someone says something nice about us.  Say something nice about someone else and know that they’re probably happier than they were before you opened your mouth.
  9. Five Dollars.  Chances are you’ll pass someone today who has fallen on hard times.  If you can swing it give them a $5 bill.  It’s more than most people give and could buy them the first hot meal they’ve had in days.
  10. Be the new kid. Visit a blog you’ve never read and leave a comment.  You will be an unexpected perk in someone’s day.

5 Responses to “To Do List”

  1. Katybeth Says:

    Can you have to many reminders to floss? I am heading right over to to see what new word I can bug everyone with today..and since I will be using this idea in two different ways (increasing my vocabulary and bugging other’s) I think it might be worth $2.00!

    Thanks you good reminders and some excellent resources!

  2. Lindsey Says:

    These are so great. Thank you for this reminder of little things that can make a big difference.

  3. Eva @ Eva Evolving Says:

    This is right up my alley, Gale – love this!!

  4. Nicki Says:

    Thanks, Gale! Love the list!!

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