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Sunday, November 20, 2011

Smooth Sundays

Yes, I often talk about setting up your week for success. How about taking it easy?  That also gives us time to breathe and gain our energy.  If you have prepared throughout your weekend to make Sunday your actual day-off, then that's great.

If you are like some who have left everything until Sunday to do laundry, housecleaning, homework, or whatever it is you may have left too much to do.  In fact, it might be altogether hard to complete this before a busy work week. But there is still hope and perhaps you can put on some music and concentrate on your tasks.  I am usually still working on things on Sunday as well, as I watch movies on Friday night or Dateline to get my murder mystery fix.  Sometimes I don't though so that I can accomplish all I need to do on Saturday, which is rare too.  If I get to bed at a decent enough time on Friday night though, then I can get up early enough to do paperwork for my business or other things before Sunday.

To keep me motivated, I actually recommend putting on some smooth jazz or your favourite easy listening music. A favourite of mine is "Rare Requests Smooth Jazz Volume 4" and it includes many famous smooth jazz musicians, and even some not so recognised artists. It could be snowing outside, or gloomy and I find this type of music transforms my mood.  Then again, some detest smooth jazz which each to their own.

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It is nice to put yourself in a different space (even if it's all in your head) and get work done.  I also like to choose "relaxing music" videos from YouTube but if you are over your usage plan then don't as you will go over your bandwidth usage for the month.  But I digress.  If you have a lot to get done then you can make a green tea for mental clarity and improvement of the body, to give you a long-lasting stamina feeling, or blend a smoothie with matcha tea to give you added energy and feel balanced.

More great sites for music are Jango.com or Pandora.com (if not outside of the US). I used to listen to Pandora until it was restricted and Jango is a personalised radio station (depending on what your preferences are) or you can also choose some that are already created and playing music.  It is nice to play something like radio anyways where you are not getting distracted by what is playing and just listen away.  And finally, if you do not have Internet or any other streaming music, you can also still purchase stereo radios and listen to the old-fashioned way on the air.  I still have one. I have a shower radio too, and I use to listen to my favourite stations. Also, there are "Galaxy" radio stations on conventional t.v. cable packages.  So don't forget to take advantage of that if you are paying for a hefty cable bill as it is.

That's just me though.  Some people like to put on their own playlists and listen in their ears with headphones on as well.  My friend likes heavy metal and gets her house cleaned that way.  Maybe you like to get to the library to get some things done, while there check out the compact disc section, or grab a  movie if it's available in your local library.  Whatever your style it is good to set yourself up for success, all while being gentle on yourself and treating yourself to a nice space or head space.  You won't feel so bad for getting to work on a Sunday hopefully.

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