One thing that I learned this week is that even the smallest of decisions can add up to make a big difference. Often the most difficult thing about feeling disorganized is that sense of being overwhelmed by our stuff, our space, our time.
This is when it is important to realize that progress begins with one little step, one small decision. And when you make that one decision, it is equally, if not more important to reward yourself. Why is this important? Because that decision you make, although it may seem easy or insignificant to someone else, might not have been something you’ve been able to do in the past. And that makes it significant to you.
It can be as small as actually filing that folder away, rather than leaving it on your desk; spending 3 minutes sorting through your mail when you first get home, instead of tossing it onto the counter where it will be ignored; placing your keys on the hook, instead of leaving them in your coat pocket where they will be lost; putting that mug into the dishwasher now, rather than leaving it in the sink all week; finally making that phone call to schedule that appointment that you’ve been putting off all month.
All of these are decisions that you make to change your habits. Small decisions lead to big changes. They are significant, and you should reward yourself. Give yourself a pat on the back, smile and tell yourself “good job”. Give yourself permission to take a 20 minute break, make some tea and just relax. Make a deal with yourself: if you make one small decision each day for a week, schedule that manicure or massage, and know that it was well-deserved. Reward yourself, keep yourself motivated. You deserve it.