Self-Care Inventory Day

September 24, 2018

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  • Max, believe me, I am listening to your main point. However, I want to say as an Art History undergrad, I love the illustrations that you choose for your articles. Fabulous.

    • Oh this is so lovely to hear! It is SUCH a fun thing to search out the perfect illustration. Long live the Rijksmuseum!

  • What a great idea! Especially for a serial procrastinator. First thing on my list will be…make a list!

  • With white legal note pads scattered around the house, I’m pretty good at making lists, not so good at getting to/or crossing off what’s written down on them. I like the idea of picking a date to start with. Thx!!

    • Right?! So good to just have a way to start…

  • Dear Max, I love you and your articles 🙂

  • This sounds like a great idea. Then things on your list actual get done, instead of becoming longer lists.

  • Just B R I L L I A N T ! Now I have an idea how to tackle all of those things that piled up and didn’t get done when I used my Strikplaner (which I loved…but felt there was room for improvement…and this is one of those places). I am going to try this…thanks!

  • Oh gosh, all of my September is needing a “state of the domain” assessment, which is usual for these months of busyness. Such a list like; body awareness in exercise, psych for self-care, easy meal times, get outside! And as always, what to knit and what audio book?
    Thanks for the promotion of lists.

  • Funny you should mention that… I am deep into getting my affairs in order after my husband’s death last month. I’m through the first round of form-filling-out and awaiting status reports from insurance & ESOP, our 40-year-old retaining wall won’t make it through next winter, the interior of the house needs painting, and some items I sold out-of-state have been paid for but not shipped. So. I made a list in my Bullet Journal this morning, phone calls were made to the insurance company, retiree benefits specialist, old classmate landscaper, specialty store shipper, and painter. Got one painting estimate, requested a second. Some satisfaction has been achieved, the estate attorney visited and (another) form signed, status reports requested, and just now I re-poked the shipper. I am Getting Things Done and checked off my BJ list. Self-care at its most basic. As a reward I get to have supper with the grandkids, read them stories and tuck them into bed tonight. Because I’m the Meemaw that Takes Care of Herself First. Now.

    • Sounds to me like you are in remarkably good shape after only a month since your husband’s death. Many people are still catatonic (and I don’t mean that in a critical way, just what I’ve observed as a minister). It’s a very hard and HUGE loss, so please give yourself a pat on the back and carry on. Hugs to those grandkids!

      • Thanks, Judy.

    • Barbara I have been a person rep for the estate of two people and it was like a second job, without retaining walls or painting. Sounds like you are taking care of your business and yourself. Wishing you grandkid hugs and relaxing knitting.

    • You are an inspiration <3

  • Another of your article’s well worth the reading, and a great example of why we (I!) need reminding of the plain good sense things that can easily simplify and destress daily life.
    For years I have been meaning to organise a session at a lawyers for myself, my partner of 35 years and my sister (paralysed the last six years and now unable to sign documents), to have wills updated and organise powers of attorney and enduring guardianships. This happened yesterday – my feeling of relief when we left after the two hour meeting was wonderful!

    • Omigosh!!! HUGE high fives for you! Big big big thing to check off the list.

  • Max – thank you thank you thank you for making the stuff that I know I should be doing on a regular basis and giving me a really easy way to just do it. I am consolidating all of my post-its of the little reminders I write myself into one area right now so I can look at all of the things I should do. And then to pause and think about the real basics – genius!! Thank you!

  • Hi Max. Reading you for the first time and really liking it! Is there a way to sign up for your weekly emails? Are you available only through MDK?

    • Hi K! I think Kay G sent you a note about this, but I don’t see the comment here. My website is at And there’s a subscribe link near the top of page <3

  • I like your idea to use the birthday as a reminder for doing self care issues. Already have a check list for household chores but a once a month home facial and review of fitness plan would be good for me. A few minutes with Ross Poldark would be the highlight.