How do you eat an elephant?
One bite at a time….
You may have all heard this anecdote before but it is a good idea to keep this in the back of your mind when you begin to make a change in your life. In the beginning your energy and enthusiasm will keep you focused on making sweeping change, attacking each area of your life with fervor. Soon your energy level will drop and your enthusiasm will wane. You will start to run out of steam before your task is complete.
This is normal, it happens with all habits we either try to make or break. If you are going to be De-cluttering your house or simplifying other aspects of your life the process is entirely about changing habits, changing how you view possessions, changing how you clean,think,live,spend,save,study,write,work,play. So with all this change how do you stay motivated and energized to stick with your commitments of life change?
Take your task at hand and break it into very small manageable tasks. If your goal is to de-clutter your house. In the beginning you will be a whirlwind running from room to room trying to get all the clutter out. Use this energy for sure but when the energy wanes? Pick a small drawer in the house and choose to clean just that one drawer out. It wont suck your energy and it will still move you toward your goal. If you start with small tasks eventually they start to add up. Leading you to the completion of your task. Check out Tanja from Minimalist Packrat if you are interested in learning more about decluttering.
Starting small also allows you to easily work on the habit you are trying to create. According to Leo Babauta It takes a month of repetitive effort in order to change a habit. So if you can do something small everyday to help you form your habit. Eventually you will not even think of the new habit as effort. It will be ingrained into your psyche. This also works for breaking bad habits.
Using my own advice to do small tasks that wont suck your energy I started this blog post originally titled with the phrase “begin small”. This little phrase unlocked my mind and is getting me closer to two goals I have:
To build the habit of posting regularly.
Without the action of doing one small thing like creating the title, I would never have this post to share with you. And I would not be building the habit nessecary to be able to accomlpish the goal.
I welcome you to share this with someone you think it may help.