Illustration by Jessie Willcox Smith. Image and info on the artist found here.
The way I tend to approach my life is to anchor the parts that are going well and then leave them to bob along – hopefully without incident – while I turn my attention to the parts that are in danger of floating out to sea. But while my back is turned, the good stuff isn’t just bobbing along without incident, it’s very slowly showing signs of neglect. So in fact, life is more like spinning plates (if you haven’t had enough metaphors for one paragraph)… and each part needs at least a little bit of attention and improvement. Not huge changes. Just enough.
This is what I’m getting started on today. Writing down categories in my life: Relationships, Work, Health, Personal Development, etc… and then brainstorming very small steps I can do each day to improve in those areas. I find having a written list to be the best way to handle this, otherwise I find myself sitting in front of the computer, reading blogs and trying to find something interesting to pass along on Facebook. If you become what you focus on most, then I’m a freakin Facebook posting expert. I do really well with lists, when I take the time to write them down.
So when I find myself sitting in front of the computer, instead of posting on FB, I could choose one item from the list and work on that for a short amount of time. Not only would I feel better about myself for having accomplished something from the list, I will have improved the quality of my life without a ton of effort.
I’m logging off to go work on that list now.