As the weeks went by, Julie collected any removed many piles of underpants. Some areas of the swamp looked much cleaner, and she smiled at her successes there. Other areas, well, let's just say that they're works in progress. But the cleaning had revealed which areas of the swamp were worst hit by the underpants invasion and suggested the source - ground zero, if you will. A hill, near the southern edge of the swamp, covered with blackberry vines (and now, underpants). Julie set out to examine it.
As she approached the hill, she heard a song echoing from the depths of the earth. A catchy little ditty. She began to hum it as she reached up to pluck a striped set of blue boxers from a thorn.
"I'll take that, thanks!" A funny little man (where had he come from?) snatched the boxers from her hand and began to run off. Instinctively, she tripped him. "Oof!"
"Sorry about that! Here, let me help you up." The man brushed himself off, but looked about to run. "I have a whole bunch more underpants at home. You can have them if you like." His eyes glowed. She had his attention. She gestured around. "Did you lose your underpants? Can I help you in some way?"
"You'll see," he said. She followed him around the hill a short way, and watched him twist a small rock. A small door, covered with grass and invisible before, popped open. The little man dashed inside, and Julie followed carefully. The song she had heard before was loud now, and there were sounds of machinery and work all around. Hundreds of little men were carting around piles of underpants, loading them into machines, and looking very industrious indeed.
"You see that machine over there?" He pointed at a large machine being loaded up by four men. "Malfunctioned. Instead of sucking underpants in, it blew them out. Underpants went everywhere. Got to go to work to collect them again!"
Julie's eyes widened. "What do you do here?"
The man grinned. "Phase one, collect underpants."
"Okay, then what?"
"Phase three, profit!"
"What's Phase two?"
"Maybe I can help you with Phase two. And collecting underpants."
A cheer rose on hearing the words "collecting underpants", and the song began again.
As far as I can tell, the phase between "Collect underpants" and "Profit!" is some combination of making a plan, taking action on that plan, and building habits to maintain progress. To make this here challenge, I had to put together a plan, so the challenge will focus on the action and habit portion, with a particular focus on habits. I am great at working towards a goal, but terrible at the daily maintenance required to maintain progress.
If you were following last time, the items in this challenge will look very familiar to you. The main difference is that I am trying to build them into habits by linking them with specific times or events throughout the day, while scaling back some so I don't burn out or abandon. I also now have a copy of The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg, which I am planning to read to help me solve my habit problem.
1. Neither underpants collection nor phase two can happen without a healthy strong body. Move every day.
I realized during the Abs & Core Challenge that while I really like the variety of the Darebee challenge and will likely be trying more from that site, I like having a purpose for the exercising I am doing. A goal to work toward. I am currently working on backbends (ultimate goal: bend straight to the floor - and maybe even stand up again) and pushups (goal: 50 with good form), but I'd like to have one more cool thing to work on. Achieving a pistol squat? Something to do with rings? Parkour looks fun, but I live in the land of winter and don't have easy access to a playground (or even a wall of appropriate height). I'll think about this, but I'm open to suggestions!
I have an established time for my exercise days, which are an actual habit that I have (yay!). I'm going to extrapolate this time as a "movement" time every day, to work on movement goals that are quick and not a workout as such.
So we have:
Exercise days: pushups, other strenuous goals needed! Probably pistols.
All days: Darebee challenge (at least until it's done), backbends, any other fun things I want to learn.
Tai Chi: A separate item, as I am linking it to my supper instead of the usual exercise time. I don't mind doing this at work when I eat supper there.
2. Phase two involves action. Do the Work.
I have made some advances in my business workings towards my ultimate goal of financial independence. I still have a long way to go between the "collect underpants" and "profit" stages, however. I have several income streams currently active, and a couple more at the idea stage. I took advantage of Black Friday and snagged myself some cheap web hosting and Udemy classes. I am hoping to get a website built this challenge, amongst other work that needs to be done. But I do still have a job to go to, so I have limited energy for more work. Goal: work on business stuff at 2pm on days when I do not have regular work, for a minimum of 30 minutes.
3. Do the Work on existing former habits as well.
Trying to revive and strengthen my prayer and posting habits!
Prayer every night after brushing teeth.
Post on my own challenge every day at 10pm. Ideally, I will post on someone else's too, but I surely need to post on my own.
4. Collect underpants (to get rid of).
I have made progress on chipping away at my piles of procrastination, but there is so much more to be done. I can't keep up the pace I set before, so I am scaling back. Roll my d20 when I wake up. If it is not a regular workday, I must work on this item. If it is a workday, I can work on it if I want to. If not, it becomes the item for the next non-workday.
My room is also a disaster. We replaced the flooring, so all of the furniture got rearranged, piles of stuff were created, and ... they remain. Also I am not the tidiest person at the best of times. I took accountability pictures of my room exactly as it is now, which will be spoilered below when I figure out how to get them here. I'll update them every week and try to shame myself into improving my space. To be worked on as a prelude to the task item that I roll my d20 for.
Edit to show the state of my room at the start of this challenge: