It's the small, simple things in life that often have the most impact. For example, I received a letter in the mail today. Doesn't sound like much, does it? But it really made me smile! I guess in this age of technology, it's all too easy to bash out an email or type a note rather than sit down and write by hand. We live in the "let's do this in the fastest possible way" world - and I'm as guilty as the next person.
So when I saw a handwritten envelope amongst the post, I picked that one to open first. I curiously looked at the back of the envelope and yes, there was a return address. I wasn't expecting anything from the sender, so I quickly ripped the envelope open. The note that fell out was very sweet. But most of all, what struck me was that the person had thought enough to sit down and hand write a note.
I got to thinking. If a small thing made such a big impression on me, what impact will I have on others if I take time to send them a short note? How lovely to be spreading good feelings in such a simple yet effective way.
So I'm logging off now to go and write a note to someone, just to let them know I am thinking of them. Maybe it will start a new trend!
Sometimes clutter just sneaks up on you! For instance, do you have any items in your wardrobe that you have not worn for the past twelve months? I'd be surprised if the answer is no, unless you have very recently gone through an exercise to clear it out. Is there a really good reason why you are keeping them and not wearing them? Do you feel they are important or do you have a nostalgic attachment to them?
Is it just your wardrobe though, or does this habit exist elsewhere in your life? What's your desk like - is it clear of papers, or scattered with them, and if scattered, why is that? Is it because you are bored and you want to make yourself feel busy or look important? Or is it that you really can't be bothered to make the effort?
Whatever the reason, do you realise that you are projecting an image of yourself - and is it the image you want to project? More than that, how will you feel with a tidy office that you can find things in, and that you are proud to show people into?
Making that change is not so hard - it starts with a decision. Once you've decided you are ready to get tidy, work out what you need to make it happen. Practical things like plastic sacks to put the rubbish in, boxes to put things in to give to your local charity shop and maybe a good friend to help you make it fun and make it happen! Then simply make a date in your diary - just tackle one area at a time - you'll be amazed at what a difference it makes and how good you feel.
Don't stop until it's done, but do give yourself a reward at the end of it!