Whatever you’re trying to get rid of (debt, clutter, weight, negativity, a hectic schedule), it will take time.
I want you to go into this challenge knowing that.
You can’t keep living exactly the way you’re living.
I’m not going to try to change your entire routine, but I am asking for at least 10 minutes. Preferably in the morning.
How could I even ask that of you?
But is that extra 10 minutes of sleep worth staying in debt? Would it be worth trading 10 minutes a day for the freedom you’ll gain in having less clutter or whatever you want to get rid of?
If your answer is yes, then here are a few things I challenge you to do with your 10 minutes everyday. (It’s not a bad idea to dedicate a notebook or journal to this 31 Day Challenge.):
- List 3 things you’re grateful for. Be specific, and look for something different each day. Let’s start with being thankful for our problem. I’m thankful for my clutter and all the memories it brings back when I’m sorting through it. I’m thankful for clutter because it is teaching me the discipline of letting go. I’m thankful for the clutter because it is a reminder that I have all I need and more.
- Create or adjust your plan for the day by taking the time to reflect on what you need to change in order to live tiny. Don’t overwhelm yourself with a list of 17 things. Choose one, and actually do it. Mine is to go through one drawer of clothes and get rid of at least 3 items.
- Think of a way to keep yourself motivated. Some days you will be more motivated than others. On days when you’re motivated, you can do something that will motivate you later…post quotes around your house, in your car, on your phone. Another way to keep yourself motivated is to encourage someone else. That’s what I’m doing through this challenge.
I’ll discuss these more in future posts, but this should get you started in developing the habits of gratitude, letting go, and keeping yourself motivated. Do this each day, and you’re off to a great start!
I’d love to hear how it goes. Leave a comment below to share what you’re grateful for and what you’re focusing on eliminating.
One last thing before you go…if you’re like me, you have more than one thing you’re trying to get rid of. Just choose one to focus on for these 31 days. Then you’ll have the habits down and will be able to apply them to another area of your life. Go ahead and write down all of them that you want to eventually work on. Then choose just one. Circle it. Commit to it. Maybe choose the one you struggle with most. Or the one you know will help you most with other areas of your life. Just go ahead and make that choice today so you can get started. And rest in knowing that you will have a chance to get to one of the other ones in 31 days.
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