I want to share a really small, but kind of life-changing, tip with you today.
It’s not the kind of strategy I’d usually share, probably because it seems really basic……
But sometimes basic is best, yes?
Well, I’ll get to that. But first, a story.
Now that Hakavai is a crawling/standing/roaming kid – his stuff is also crawling, standing and roaming around with him. It doesn’t matter what I do, at the end of the day, his toys and stuff is just everywhere.
And for a while there, I didn’t make a habit of picking it up every night.
But the nights I did, I noticed that the next day would generally go a lot smoother. I would wake up to a relatively tidy house, I wouldn’t step on a book on my way to make my morning coffee, or trip over a stuffed owl.
It also made me feel clearer mentally.
Now, no matter how tired I am, no matter what’s been going on in my life, I make it a habit to pick up his toys from the floor and put them away. Every. Single. Day.
So, my tip today:
Whatever your version of “toys” is, do it every day. For one of my team members, that’s putting away her clean clothes when she takes them off the line – so they don’t end up piling up in a basket on her bedroom floor.
For my friend, that’s unpacking the dishwasher when he gets home from work.
These probably seem like really small things, but remember: the small things matter.
It’s about controlling what you CAN control. It doesn’t matter how chaotic my day is, or what happens, I can pick up Hak’s toys. And that small thing, that little three minute moment, gives me the feeling that I’m OK, that I’m in control of what I can control, and that I’m doing what I can to make my life run a little more smoother tomorrow.
So, I’d love to know – what’s your small thing? What’s one small thing you can do today that will help you feel a bit better?
Let me know in the comments below.