Thursday, December 19, 2013

Just 5 Minutes

"Don't say you don't have enough time. You have exactly the same number of hours per day that were given to Helen Keller, Pasteur, Michelangelo, Mother Teresa, Leonardo da Vinci, Thomas Jefferson, and Albert Einstein." 
- H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

So I'm still loving the Change Your Life Challenge book. I've been doing my homework. Step 9 beginning on Page 73 talks about when you're feeling overwhelmed by the chaos to just time yourself for 5 minutes and do something to help lessen the mess. From page 79:

"Using a timer is ideal. After you finish reading these instructions wait for the next minute to be displayed on your clock or set your timer to five minutes. Then immediately begin your chosen action. If you want immediate, quick results, you will not find a quicker tool that can be applied to any area of life.
"Please do not just read these words adn vow to "Do-it-later." We know how that path unfolds and it isn't one that will take you where you want ot go. In five minutes, STOP! Then come back

I'm loving that idea of just taking a baby step, just 5 minutes, to work. And you know what, after that 5 minutes, you're already feeling better and have a bit of energy and so the 5 minutes often turns into more. Sweet. Gonna go take 5 minutes to work on laundry. :)

Thursday, December 5, 2013

The Change Your Life Challenge Begins

I've been busy this past week striving to establish life changing habits. In my quest to master my little dominion, I went searching for some cheap self help tips via the local thrift store's book section. I've got dinner and keeping a family financial record figured out, but I'm still greatly lacking in getting this household clean and running like a fine tuned machine. So I was at the DI just picking up any book that looked like it might have a gem of insight to impart, and I found two that hit the spot - this title sounded like just the kinda book I was looking for:  The Change Your Life Challenge by Brook Noel. I liked filling out my snapshot and getting my personalized prescription of where I needed to begin to manage things right now in my life. She recommends filling out the snapshot once a month once we start to get a handle on things, as for now I think I'll be busy with this snapshot for a few months. I also am loving the Catch All Notebook (aka CAN), because I am very guilty of writing reminders and notes to self on any old scrap anywhere and then not being able to find it. So it's been fun. You can get the book used on Amazon for like 1cent plus $3.99 shipping, so $4 bucks for a book isn't bad, right? Let's do it, or you can just check in here and I'll try to keep you posted on how the application of it's tips are going in our neck of the woods.