February 3rd - Welcome to day 3 of the Myrrhmade Love Where You Are Challenge!
Day 5: Energy Drains
An energy drain is a small annoyance that drains away some of our energy. While by itself it may not seem like much, add a few together and you've got a serious leak. Energy drains likely be simple to fix, rarely actually take much time and under stress they just don't get done. They're shortcuts we take but if left undone they end up costing us more than they save.
Like having a small leak in a boat, particularly if there are several, the amount of energy being siphoned off to tolerate these small annoyances can hinder our ability to Love Where We Are.
I find that it's not uncommon for many of us (particularly those of us with kids in the house) to have many of these incomplete and completely doable tasks in our surroundings.
I want to let you in on a little secret:
Our surroundings reflect what we think of ourselves. Just as we can improve our surroundings easily when we feel better, we can more easily feel better when we improve our surroundings.
When travelling, even when staying in locations that are not what we would choose for our home decor, being in a space free from all the little reminders of the tasks we haven't done, can be uplifting.
Daily Challenge: Find one or more Energy Drain in your surroundings and take care of it.
No guilt, just get'er done and cross it off the list.
Plug the leak, stop the drain, reclaim that energy.
"Beware of little expenses; a small leak will sink a great ship." -Benjamin Franklin
If you find yourself bumping into a lot of tasks that need something you don't have, ask what you can do to move that task along a step or make it easier to do that task next time you have a few minutes.
Is there a particular tool you could borrow, does it require a material or supply you don't have?
How can you set yourself up to take care of it instead of letting it drain your energy?
Just as putting on your walking shoes makes you more likely to go for a walk, setting up for a task makes it easier to accomplish it.
Daily Mindset Mantra: The little things add up.“The secret of getting ahead is getting started. The secret of getting started is breaking your complex overwhelming tasks into small manageable tasks, and starting on the first one.” -Mark Twain
Bonus task: Make a list of things that make you feel good when you've completed them.
There are things that feel good and that we enjoy while we're doing them. There's also the kind of thing that we feel happier once we've done, but may not particularly enjoy doing.
Doing these "feel good when they're done" tasks is a form of self-care that often goes unutilized. These are some of the bonus tasks that help us enjoy and thrive in our space but may not pop up when we try to think of things that will help us feel better and love where we are.
The story is a self-fulfilling prophecy that both validates my excuses and ultimately stops my own development and growth.
Even just looking at the same exact situation from one of appreciation and encouragement makes such a difference. Instead of "I'm a bad house-keeper," I can direct my thoughts: "I'm handling SO much" and "We will remember the highlights and the lowlights, but NO one will remember if the house was clean."
SO, I chose to focus on a few things that help me feel better about myself and where I am plug those energy drains.. These are tasks that often drop off the list of things I get done on any given day but help me feel better whenever I chose to make them a priority.
I'm already a bed airer, sink cleaner, and general tidier for the reasons you describe. Where I stumble is with repairs, especially now when I'm living in a space with no shed or basement to work on something. But - I'm learning to be creative and getting things done at this time of year before it's too hot to be outside and too humid for paint to dry. Now... if I can just make myself go get the parts I need to repair my dining room table!ReplyDelete
You can do it! (I'll be talking more about this kind of task tomorrow)Delete