You know how every once in a while someone says something that just sticks in your head? Well Alex Fayle planted something in my head the other day in a comment on my post about doubling up your to-do lists. And it was an oh-so-simple suggestion: "If it takes less than a minute, do it."
I wish I could say I was Mr. Organization. Well, I suppose I could say it, but it would be a big fat lie. My life is - and has been since my earliest childhood memories - a nonstop battle against entropy. I like orderliness, I really do. It just doesn't always seem to follow me around.
Alex' suggestion, on the other hand, does keep following around. Again and again as my attention starts to move into where I'm going before I'm done with where I am, I hear it. "If it takes less than a minute..."
OK! OK! I'll open the mail and sort it into recycle, shred, and keep. I'll put the groceries away immediately. I'll dash off that quick e-mail reply so it's not cluttering up my inbox (still working on that one).
It's not a magic solution to all of my entropic tendencies, but it really has been working its magic in a small way. Not just because these little things aren't piling up, but because it's keeping it all top of mind for me. And that's where change begins.
Brought to you by Curt Rosengren, Passion Catalyst TM