Look around your house. What do you see out of place?
- Do you see shoes by the door?
- Are there papers piled on random surfaces?
- Is there food packaging on the kitchen counter?
It’s easy to make a mess. VERY EASY.
You walk in the door, kick off your shoes, drop your bags, and put the mail on the first surface you see. You’re tired from a long day and your kids are begging for a snack. So you walk into the kitchen and pour the last few pretzels on a plate and cut up an apple. You hand the plate to your kids and just leave the apple core and pretzel bag on the counter to put away later. You just want to go take a breather!
When you’re tired, it’s easy to do the bare minimum.
But it’s also easy to do the minimum when you are not exhausted.
I think it’s because not everyone thinks about a project from start to finish. At least I don’t.
In the above example, I usually see the end line as feeding my kids. My tendency is to ignore some of the steps (like putting all the materials used where they belong).
So I have to FORCE myself to finish projects; however big or small they may be. I have to tell myself to “go the extra mile.”
Now, it’s not really and EXTRA mile. It’s actually just the first mile. But it FEELS like I’m doing something extra.
And it might feel that way to you also…at least at first. But it will get easier over time.
- Instead of dropping clothes on the floor, make the extra effort to put them in the hamper or hang them up.
- Instead of leaving packaging on the counter, walk a couple of extra steps and put it in the trash can.
- Instead of dropping your bags and kicking your shoes off by the door, take them over to the hall closet.
I know these are simple examples. But it’s the little things that can make a big mess.
Thankfully, it’s the little things that can prevent a mess. You just have to go the first mile – even if it feels like an “extra” mile at first.
Question: What is one action (at home or at work) that you can go the extra mile on today? Let us know in the comments, on Facebook, or twitter.