Sadly, it rained heavily this morning and I didn't get to go on my forest trip. I'm hoping to be able to go next week, possibly on Friday. I hope it doesn't rain again! I'm not an avid hiker. I've...never gone hiking in the woods or camping or anything like that. So I didn't want my first experience to be in the rain and made extra dangerous for a beginner. Hopefully the weather behaves itself and I can go next time.

Today, I didn't get a single bit of creative work done. I hadn't really been planning on it anyway, but I made it deliberate when the opportunity came up. I took an entire day to do things for me—things that needed to be done. Sadly, this doesn't mean that I spent the entire day in bed watching Netflix, ohhhh no.

I did a lot of productivity planning-type stuff today. I found out that Momentum, this Chrome extension that I've used for a while, has a lot of really neat premium features. I'd mostly used it just to be able to see pretty photos and check time it was when I opened a new tab, but paying a few bucks a month opens up a whole new world. It syncs with my FitBit, Trello... Wow! I'm going to try it out for the month and see if it helps my productivity. Getting that hooked up inspired me to touch up my main Trello board, so voilá!

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I love how that looks. When I check off a to-do on Momentum, it just moves that Trello card to the next list over, so it's perfect because most of the Today stuff is things that I'll be repeating. I check it off, it gets moved to Routine, and then the next day I can drag that card back over to Today and work on it again. I've been using Trello on and off for a few years, but I think that being able to make it easier to use on the go and integrate it with different apps will help a lot. I want it to be my one-stop to-do/planning app rather than having to use several different ones for different purposes. We'll see how this goes!

I also tidied my room today. Because of my friend coming over yesterday, I had already done some preliminary tidying. My desk was cleaned off, there wasn't really stuff on the floor... The elephant in the room, however, was the huge pile of clothes sitting on my chair. That armchair unfortunately has become more of a clothesrack. It's right by the door and my closet, so it's easy for me to just toss my clothes on the chair after I change instead of putting the clothes away. I think in the 3-4 years I've had that chair, I've only actually sat in it for a total of two hours or so. Yikes. So I got on Twitter and made my tidying intentions known in order to keep me accountable[1], deciding to tidy for half an hour.

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Funny thing about this picture is that the "after" part is two photos, but that's...pretty much exactly where my closet door actually is in relation to the chair. The angle is all wrong, but it almost fits perfectly because that's their relative distance in reality. It's weird to look at.

Anyway, I ended up getting so into it that I tidied for about an hour and 10 minutes. I'm going to try really hard not to throw clothes on it. It's so much easier to hang up and fold one or two things as opposed to, oh, 20 pieces of clothes! I know this, but the instant gratification of tossing it on the chair is so...

Once I was done with the clothes on the chair, I decided to pick up the couple of items I'd tossed on the floor in my closet. When I picked up one of the shirts, it was covered in lint and dust, so I broke out the vacuum and vacuumed my entire room. I also dusted my shelves/table tops and emptied and put away my bags. I put up my two purses so they're not in the way and I moved one of the door hooks to facilitate this. Marie Kondo gives this advice that you should try to empty your purse every day when you get home. This keeps receipts and junk from piling up and keeps your bag organized. I think it will be easier to do so if I have a place to put my purse, so I'm glad that I was able to change the hook like that.

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Around 8, I decided to go for a walk. I was bummed that my step count had barely reached 2,000 for the day[2] and wanted to be in nature somehow even if I couldn't go to the forest. So I went for a stroll outside on our neighborhood trail. It was a little chilly and misty because of the rain, but that made it smell so fresh and I couldn't get enough of it. Each deep lungful of air was so refreshing.

I listened to episode 215 of the Let it Out podcast, which has Adam J. Kurtz as the guest, while I walked. It was really interesting to listen to! It really gave off this "New Yorker" feel, haha. They both love the city a lot and had a lot to say about working creatives and self-development. This was my first time listening to the podcast and I chose this episode because it's recent and because I love Adam's work. It did not disappoint! And the talking was pretty fast-paced so it went well with the exercise.

Silly me forgot to set a reminder for writing up a new weekly newsletter. It's surprisingly hard to keep track of how many blog entries I've done[3] and I'd just forgotten that another seven had gone by. So I'll send a newsletter out tomorrow that will cover the last eight posts instead of seven and the newsletters will subsequently be sent out on Sundays from tomorrow on. I've now put it in my to-do list properly (see figure 1) and won't forget again, I promise.

I hope you've been having a good weekend and that the weather wherever you are is treating you well! Maybe take some time to tidy the immediate area around you if it needs it. You'll be amazed at how great you'll feel afterward. Or don't—I mean, I'm not your mom.


  1. Even had my friend Kitty join in and tidy one of her rooms, too. Yay! ↩︎

  2. I don't know what I expected since I had just been in my room all day. Even when cleaning, you end up standing still quite a bit. ↩︎

  3. This one is number 15! ↩︎