I don’t know about you, but in our home, I think it’s safe to say that 75% of the mess/clutter/chaos/whatever-you-want-to-call-it that builds up around the place in the course of a given day, is thanks, in large part, to not following through.
Busy rushing around in our haste to get dinner together, or attempting to shepherd everyone out the door on time, we tend to do only the bare minimum when it comes to cleaning up behind ourselves. In our mind, we’re saving precious time. But really: how much longer does it take to put your dish into the dishwasher vs. placing it on the counter right beside it? Perhaps 20 seconds (at most)? Or what about hanging that piece of clothing back up in the closet instead of throwing it on the bed? 30 seconds (or less)? Putting away towels once they’re folded vs. placing them back in the basket? Opening mail, then throwing it away or filing it in the bill basket vs. leaving it to accumulate in a heap on the counter? Placing a package of toilet paper under the bathroom sink vs. just tossing it onto the vanity as we put our groceries away? Taking our shoes to the closet vs. leaving them at the door? Again…mere seconds! -
So what if we all dislodged the notion that we don’t have time for these simple task completions? And what if we trained our families to do the same?
Let’s look at things big-picture style now: is it any wonder that once we have several days worth of half-done jobs piling up behind us, we get completely overwhelmed by the magnitude of the mess? That’s when we start to get stressed, frustrated, guilt ridden – and all the while, the piles continue to grow and grow… Our home is no longer a place to rest our soul – it starts to smother us.
So today: let’s all work on this discipline of follow-through together, shall we? Try to be conscious of jobs that you’re only doing half-way as you go about your business. And be intentional: choose to finish at least three of them. Each one is a victory, no matter how small! Each completion is a step toward forming a new way of life. And anything that reduces stress, frustration, and guilt is worth pursuing in my book!
Thoughts? Do you struggle with doing things halfway, thinking you’ll get back to them later? What tips/tricks do you have to share as we learn to retrain ourselves to be people with follow-through?