21 January 2018

Seeking out the small wins

Yesterday, I blocked up a hole in the bathroom wall of my flat that was responsible for a naughty, cold draught that I could feel at night when trying to sleep. The fix was to take a load of carrier bags that were being stored in the kitchen, stuff them into the hole, and then use some duct tape to keep them in place. The result is that I can now sleep warm and sound, and it has cheered me up no end. It took me five minutes. 

I don’t have a dishwasher in my flat, so the washing up needs to be done by hand. We can all agree that this job can be a pain-in-the-arse, so more often than not my flatmates and I let it build-up next to the sink. Thing is, dirty piles of washing up really, really irritate me, to the extent that I often can’t focus on other tasks when I know there’s a pile of it. So, I regularly take the time to do all the washing up. “The time” again being about five minutes. The result is peace of mind. 

Taking stock of my situation right now I can identify five or six more small actions that will produce incommensurate gains. I plan on taking them*. What about you? 

*We have to be careful not to turn these “small win” actions into a form of procrastination. 

by Nino Rosella