7 Things I do for Sanity

Isabella Grandic
2 min readJul 17, 2023

A list of very specific anecdotes that bring peace, excitement or rhythm to my life.

Dishes, immediately, silently

In the last 2 years I have made it a point to not do quick chores with music or tv. It’s my time to put in my presentness reps.

Also, following the advice of “How to stop worrying and start living” I make a huge effort to do my dishes right away. So I’m never attacking a big pile.

I know what to do first

One of my favourite ways to start a morning is tackling something important off my todo list. The night before, I’ll set a goal.

Barrier to Coffee

I don’t own a coffee machine. Why? Because I never want my enjoyment of coffee to be a commodity.

Instead, I enjoy coffee fika-style with a friend or for hours on end working, reading or journalling.

Each coffee is part of an experience aligned with my social or mental well-being. And I preserve the beauty of the drink (with extra whipped cream).

A few minutes on Pinterest

Pinterest leaves me inspired. I have crafted that algorithm to be real nice. It gives me a minute to pause and think about good food, hosting people and well-designed interiors.

Introducing Friends

This feels like a nice puzzle. The opportunity to see the stars aligned and to intentionally bring them together.

It costs nothing and you get to provide joy or synergy to a pair, and they will end up with gratitude.

Make that WhatsApp group!

Create Momentum on WhatsApp/Email

Most of the time I try to make responses quick. This also makes me overthink less (for example, rationalizing the “no’s”).

I spend less of life on admin, say yes to the things that matter most and I waste less of other people’s time.

A quote to long over

A quote is like an anchor for my wandering mind. I can reset and remember why it resonated with me at the time (even if the emotions are cloudy now).

Lately, it’s been:

‘The trouble with planning is that it only works for achievements…



Isabella Grandic

Aspiring healthcare infrastructure designer, technologist and scientist.