Day 3: Discipline in the Small Things

Self-discipline Challenge

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Today, we learn about the importance of the small things. They add up.  Crystal says:

Remember, moving in the right direction – even at a microscopic rate – is always faster
than standing still.

This is the problem with an all or nothing mentality.  There are so many things to change about myself.  So many shortcomings, so many things on my to-do list, and I get overwhelmed. I buy into the lie that my small changes aren’t enough. I end up doing nothing instead.

It’s important to remember that it’s the small, daily things that define who we are.

My husband has a cell phone for work that he also uses for personal calls, and pays for at a rate of $.10/minute. A few months ago, his bill was nearly $50! A dime isn’t thing much, but all those “little bits” can add up to a lot.  The same is applicable in our lives, both good and bad.

It’s the little things we do that can add value and character.

Assignment 1: Follow through on yesterday’s “small thing”

My “small thing” was to get dressed and make my bed as soon as I got up. I was actually doing really good at this for a while, but had kinda fallen off the wagon, so I’m getting back to it with two days under my belt.

Assignment 2: Life Hack

The assignment is to choose one bad habit to break or a positive one to implement. If we didn’t already clean our kitchen at night, I would probably choose that as well because I agree with Crystal that having a clean kitchen (and living room) to start the day off with just makes such a big difference in my day.  However, I already do that.  So, I’m going to start working out again. Some of you followed my weight loss goals back in the spring. I have completely fallen off the wagon (and got run over by it???).  And, mentally, the feeling of “failure” involved with that has been such a drain on me. So, even though it’s not really a chore, I’m going to work out because I know that the mental victory of getting back on track (I’m going all the way back to my workout jar), will be a huge motivation to me in every area of my life.

Assignment 3: Continue w/ the mega project

Today is the final day of the kitchen.  I separated it into 3 parts so that no part would be overwhelming.  I have organized and purged the cabinets and reduced clutter.  Today, I’m tackling the freezer and refrigerator.  Kinda looking forward to getting out of the kitchen tomorrow! Lol

As many of you have stated in your posts and comments, I’m finding that the mental victory of being more productive leads to even more productivity.  It’s a great feeling!

How did you do today?  Come back when you’ve finished and let us know.  What is your life hack?

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