It seems harmless enough. It’s just a little “spoonage” – you know, that dried-on food left by the spoon that stirred the pot? No biggie. Right?
Except for the fact that I ALWAYS leave it undone.
I have no reason not to do it, yet I don’t do it.
And what does that breed?
Cheryl Mendelson in her book Home Comforts (I’ll be referring to this book and others a lot, so be prepared!) calls this phenomena:
The idea being that my little bit of undone spoonage will naturally cause me and those around me to assume I do not care about a little spoonage and soon there is spoonage EVERYWHERE!
Guess what, the theory is correct!
However, I DO care…just not enough to actually fix it. At least, not right away. So, I end up with crusted-on spoonage which is much worse than your average run of the mill I-just-set-the-spoon-down spoonage.
Why in the world do I do this?
Because I live in a world of distractions, and the natural distractions of my life have become my crutch. They are the things I blame when things are left undone.
But the truth of the matter is that I don’t come back to tasks I have been distracted from because I don’t want to.
I would rather sit down to the internet than survey my house to make sure all is in order. I would rather read a book, watch a movie with my husband, or take a bath. I don’t take care of the things left undone because I find ways to avoid them and then I proclaim that I am seizing the day!
And then all those things I’ve left undone…SEIZE ME!
Why? Because rather than being little things, they become gigantic stuck-on, overwhelming messes that must be tackled before I cook supper or before I can read a book to the kids. They actually end up taking more of my time than they deserve simply because I wasn’t willing to tackle them or come back to them as soon as possible.
Now, I’m not talking about some undone project that doesn’t really matter if I finish it or not. And I’m not talking about ignoring my family in order to clean.
I’m talking about the simple everyday tasks that take SECONDS to do if you just do them as they happen!
No method in the world is going to fix the little stuff you leave undone if you don’t first believe the little stuff is worth doing.
And so this week, I’ve been focusing on finding joy in doing the little stuff promptly. The time I have redeemed and the transformation I have seen have been well worth the tiny bit of effort it has taken.
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