Do your days ever feel like you’re trying to drink water from a fire hose? If you want peace and order in your life but instead, you feel like life is spraying you in the face, I offer you three steps that have helped me and I hope they help you, too.
FIRST, take small steps in the right direction and strive for progress over perfection.
You determine the small steps. A step cannot be too small and it doesn’t have to be perfect.
The step may be super practical like: getting out of the house on time, remembering to defrost frozen chicken, sending your brother a birthday card instead of letting it sit on your counter for three months, taking a shower or scheduling the doctor’s appointment you’ve been meaning to get on the calendar.
Small steps matter and are worthwhile. Each small step builds momentum toward peace and order in our lives.
SECOND, tackle the task at hand.
What are you supposed to be doing right now? Do it and don't agonize over it.
The task at hand refers to the task that is before you – whatever it is that you’re supposed to doing at this moment.
THIRD, expect obstacles, meet them head on and recalibrate if necessary.
Obstacles are inevitable especially if you are working on building good habits or if you have small children and/or an unpredictable daily schedule.
Instead of giving up, find ways to recalibrate and adjust your day accordingly when you encounter challenges and roadblocks during the day.
THE RESULT? Greater peace, freedom and order in your life. You’re taking small steps and keeping things simple because you are striving for progress in your life instead of getting hung up on an unattainable ideal.
You’re doing what you’re supposed to be doing when you’re supposed to be doing it. And you’re not surprised when something goes wrong or you start to get derailed. You adjust your day accordingly or redirect your kiddos and the day marches on.
This may sound overly simplified but speaking from experience, it works. Give it a shot and let me know how it goes by leaving a comment below.