Habit tracking update

I tend to overthink things. But don’t tell me not to overthink things, because then I’ll start worrying that I’m overthinking things and overthink about too much overthinking.

The habit tracking has gotten off to a rocky start. I thought it would be easy, but maybe that just made it easier to blow off.

Anyway…In order help remember to exercise my habit of making a to do list and figure out what I’ll need for the next day before heading home, I moved my tracker sheet from the refrigerator in my kitchen to under the windshield visor in my car. That way seeing it in my car should remind to do it before I home. In my car. Not my refrigerator.

Visual aids are always helpful. I do find this habit helps me to get things organized. When things are organized, it helps me manage my stress.

Unfortunately the first quarter ended and my numbers still were pretty bad. Well, in one category. I made my quota I 2 out of three. According to Meatloaf, that ain’t bad, but Meatloaf isn’t my boss.

On Wednesday I listened to the play, “Death of a Salesman” in the car. It’s a story about salesman Willy Lowman, a New Yorker who has spent his life on the road selling all around New England. At age 60, he is starting to find the travel exhausting and it seems he may be suffering some kind of mental issue as well. Its not a happy story and famous author Arthur Miller characterizes my chosen vocation in character Charlie’s line at Willy’s funeral:

And for a salesman, there’s no rock bottom to the life. He don’t put a bolt to a nut, he don’t tell you the law or give you medicine. He’s a man way out their in the blue riding on a smile and a shoeshine.

So that was nice. It’s certainly not the easiest way to make a living, but as Brian Tracey said, every time you see a truck on the road, it’s because someone made a sale.

I find it hard to argue with Miller, he was married to Marilyn Monroe after all. But that must have taken some salesmanship on his part.

I’m going to try and stop worrying so much. My seven year old has earned a few bucks around the house doing chores and we’re going to Gamestop tonight to get him a new PS4 game. And he wants to make sure we get a two player game so we can play together. How can you beat that.

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