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A Fresh Start

Ray’s Daily

July 19, 2021


“Don’t let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.”

John R. Wooden

As I start a new week I am glad to leave behing a less than steller weekend. Mine included some physical discomfort, sleepleness. Missed meals and the blahs. I even realized I had double booked some activities for this week and was disappointed that I had to cancle a favored activity to keep a commitment to an old friend.

The good news is that I get a fresh start today and I plan on having a good week. If you want to join me you may like these tips that I extracted from the Uncustomary blog.

10 Tips To Have A Great Week

1. Don’t start the week stressed out! That’s where rituals come in. Morning and nighttime rituals are key. Even if you’re just devoting five minutes in the morning before you get out of bed and get ready to go to work, it makes a difference. It sets you up on the right foot and mindset for the day! Ideas for your rituals: meditation, positive affirmations, yoga, stretching, making a specific beverage mindfully, journaling, or simply open your arms wide and say, “I am grateful for this day“!

2. Plan your most important tasks out for every day this week on Sunday. Or at least every night for the next day ahead of time, so you know exactly what you need to get done. MITs (Most Important Tasks) need to come first! Prioritize those first every day.

3. Prep for the next day as much as you can the night before. That means picking out your outfit, doing laundry, making your lunch, packing your bag, writing your to do list, setting alarms, sending/scheduling reminder texts/e-mails, etc. Take the guesswork out of how you need to get ready the next day so you’re less stressed.

4. Take time to practice gratitude. Simply taking a moment every day to list three things you’re grateful for will begin to shift your perspective.

5. Adjust your attitude so you’re not “working for the weekend”. Obviously many of us have 40+ hour work weeks and many additional obligations that leave little “free time”, but how can you make sure you’re still making the most of your days? Don’t forget to actually take your lunch break!

6. Set one goal for yourself this week. Just because it’s a “regular” work week, doesn’t mean you can’t make stuff happen! The goal can be realistically achievable! You can set up a schedule to read X amount of pages every day so you read half a book this week, or take a walk outside three times this week, or hang out with a friend once this week, etc.

7. Do something for someone else or the world. It can be an act of kindness or making an eco-friendly decision. The act of giving will make you (and the recipient) feel good, so it’s a win-win, and the karma will come back to you!

8. Schedule “free time” and time for self-care! You can take a bathroom break, right? So you can take five minutes for self-care.

9. Try waking up earlier. I know, as a night owl, and a chronically non-morning person, this sounds hypocritical. But every time I end up waking up earlier than I normally do, I feel more productive and get more things done. And I’m so surprised by how much time I seem to have “leftover” in the day. Try just 15 minutes to start with and work with how you feel from there. Remember, 15 minutes added up every day for a five-day work week is an hour and 15 minutes. That’s a lot of opportunity for self-care and development!

10. Limit social media, screens, and technology. And while you’re at it, try to focus on one task at a time!


“Your Monday morning thoughts set the tone for your whole week. See yourself getting stronger, and living a fulfilling, happier & healthier life.”

Germany Kent


The veterinarian told the blonde that her dog needed some exercise. “You need to make sure this dog runs around,” the doctor said.

“Try playing a game of fetch with him.”

“I can’t play fetch with my dog,” the blonde said.

“Why not?” the doctor asked.

“Because,” she replied, “He can’t throw.”


A curious ad, placed in THE DAYTONA BEACH NEWS-JOURNAL:

“LOST:  Orange jacket, lavender shoes, & gray briefcase.  Please don’t ask! Reward!”


For a student whose name is Kathleen,

With a mind that’s not overly keen,

Graduation is sure,

As she’s hardly demure

And has often been seen with the Dean.


I am said to say that your disposal eats better than 70% of the world’s people.


After a particularly poor game of golf, a popular club member skipped the clubhouse and started to go home. As he was walking to the parking lot to get his car, a policeman stopped him and asked, “Did you tee off on the sixteenth hole about twenty minutes ago?”

“Yes,” the golfer responded.

“Did you happen to hook your ball so that it went over the trees and off the course?”

“Yes, I did. How did you know?” he asked.

“Well,” said the policeman very seriously, “Your ball flew out onto the highway and crashed through a driver’s windshield. The car went out of control, crashing into five other cars and a fire truck. The fire truck couldn’t make it to the fire, and the building burned down. So, what are you going to do about it?”

The golfer thought it over carefully and responded…

“I think I’ll close my stance a little bit, tighten my grip and lower my right thumb.”


Money doesn’t bring you happiness, but it enables you to look for it in more places.


My friend’s mother is a proper Southern lady and a passionate gardener who spends hours outside with her plants. In her neighborhood, where she has lived most of her life, no one has fences and every yard is open to the next.

Recently one of her longtime neighbors, an elderly man, moved away. “Are you going to miss him?” my friend asked.

“Actually I’m relieved,” her mother replied. “Now I can bend over.”


“Blessed is he who expects nothing, for he shall never be disappointed.”

Alexander Pope


He said: As a senior at St. Cloud State University in Minnesota, I often engage women psychology majors in heated discussions about male-female relationships. Once, my friend Shelly and I got into a hot debate about whether men or women make the larger sacrifice of their respective gender characteristics when they get married.  To my surprise, Shelly agreed with me that men give up far more than women.

“You’re right, Steve,” she said.  “Men generally give up doing their cleaning, their cooking, their grocery shopping, their laundry.”


“Keep on going, and the chances are that you will stumble on something, perhaps when you are least expecting it. I never heard of anyone ever stumbling on something sitting down.”

Charles F. Kettering


rrManagement is not responsible for duplicates from previous dailies. The editor is somewhat senile.

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