52 Weeks: #38 Put It Back!
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People lose things all the time but is anyone really surprised when they lose something? Think about it, if every time you walk in the door you set your keys down somewhere different it is no wonder you can’t find them the next time you need them. Your mind will immediately take you back to all the places you may have put them previously and not necessarily in the order that makes it easy either. You search all those places and wouldn’t you know it, there they are in the last place you look….20 minutes later! If every day you spend 20 minutes looking for lost items, do you have any idea how much of your life you are wasting in one year?
Let me tell you.
That is FIVE whole days my friends!!
Stats like that always blow my mind and I’ll be honest one of the reasons I’m so crazy for organization is because I AM WAY TOO LAZY TO LOOK FOR THINGS!
I am one of those people who is completely and utterly perplexed when I DO lose something because I am anal about always putting things back in the exact same place. And not because I’m some kind of superstar either that has to have everything super tidy neat (far from it!). I HAVE to do this to save my sanity and to avoid wasting time on things I don’t enjoy. Listen if I’m going to waste time I can think of many better ways to do it :) I do not enjoy aimlessly walking around the house searching and searching, and searching for something (which by the way usually only goes missing because someone in my family has moved it on me…grrrr).
Although I really do think there are people out there that love looking for things because they do it over and over and over again. Why else would they do it?
I try very hard never to set myself up for failure. Sometimes it would be easier for sure to just throw whatever it is wherever it may land, especially after a long day. But I can, without a smidgeon of a doubt, tell you that it is so worth the extra bit of time to always put something back in the exact same place time after time.
And I’m not just talking keys here either. Think about all the other things that have gone missing on you. Library cards, bank cards, coupons, receipts, cash (!), cheques, credit cards, etc. If you don’t take the extra few seconds needed to PUT IT BACK, it will “disappear”.
This disappearing act is not a magic trick, it’s something that can be soooo easily be avoided.
So this week’s challenge is this:
- Identify one item that you seem to constantly be looking for. I’m curious to know what it is.
- Identify a “home” for it that makes the most sense for you. Try this tactic…ask yourself “if this item was lost, where would be the first place I’d look for it?” Maybe that’s a good place to create a permanent home? Pay attention to how you think.
- Consistently put said item back when done with it. Ahh that’s the kicker but so worth it!
- Commit to giving yourself at least 20 days to build this new habit.
- Relax and be less stressed!
Are you with me? Are you willing to give it a try?
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