I’m taking part in Gretchen Rubin’s Happiness Challenge for 2012, and we’re tackling pigeons of discontent.
So, what is a pigeon of discontent you ask?
This is Gretchen’s definition, paraphrased a little by me: A Pigeon of Discontent is an ordinary problem that has settled into roost. For example: you never make it to the gym; you bicker with your kids each morning; your closet is a mess; you haven’t had time to read a book in months.
She goes on to say that the Happiness Challenge for 2012 is the identification of these Pigeons. Once identified, we then find a way to shoo them away.
I have a couple of very easy, fixable pigeons of discontent, yet it’s almost all the way through January, and they’ve settled in to roost. In my defense, I’m doing Editpalooza with Savvy Authors this month and working hard on polishing/adding 30K words to a historical romance. I’ve also been trying to get away another sub to Ellora’s Cave. Yay! Mission accomplished today. Now all I have to do is wait to hear from my editor.
My pigeons of discontent:
1. Spiders have taken residence in my clothes line and their webs are encroaching on my clean washing, sticking everywhere and making a mess. Yes, this is totally easy to fix, yet I keep thinking oh, yeah. I need to do something about that, and every time I hang out my washing the webs are still there getting in the way! I hung out washing today, and yes, the webs remain.
2. Finger marks all over the kitchen cupboards and fridge. Again, totally easy to fix, but whenever I think about kitchen cleaning I’m in a hurry.
3. I have books I need to read and judge for a competition, yet reading time is in short supply. I also have two books to review and a looming deadline. Due to my writing commitments I haven’t been reading. I like reading, dammit. Got to fit it in somehow.
These are easy pigeons, practically poised for flight if I give them a nudge. This is what I propose to do.
a) Add all three items to my list. This means that they’re constantly brought to mind.
b) This coming weekend – just do it! Both jobs won’t take me long, leaving me time to do the things that really make me happy.
c) Reading – exchange some of the time I waste on the web for reading. Also go to bed a little earlier and read a few chapters before bed. Read 1 – 2 chapters during my lunch break each day.
Do you have a small, ordinary issue that influences or has a negative impact on your happiness? What is your Pigeon of Discontent?