2008 ~ one “small thing” at a time!

Hello to you all and Happy New Year!

Now that the craziness is behind us it’s time to to get our homes back into some kind of order and create or re-establish our routines. I find though that I often procrastinate the most when I get overwhelmed and stressed over how much needs to be done. It’s at times like these that I have to stop focusing on the big picture, break the tasks down into small manageable steps and just do the “next thing”. It’s the only way I know how to avoid the negative thoughts that threaten to overtake and consume me causing me to not only get further behind but even more overwhelmed. It’s the “small things” that lead to things getting done one task at a time creating a sense of accomplishment that fuels continuation and fosters self-discipline.

Rachel Anne of the beautiful blog Home Sanctuary similarly believes that doing the “small things” can lead to big results. Starting today she is beginning a new series titled “Sanctuary is in the Small Things” where she will lovingly provide various “small things” we can do each day to create peace, order and beauty in our homes. The complete package.

Peace: What are some ways that you bring peace in your relationships? How do you create a peaceful atmosphere? This category includes your spiritual life.

Order: What are simple things you do to create quick order in your daily life? It can be cleaning, organizing, sheduling, budgeting etc.

Beauty: How do you bring beauty into your home in ways that please the senses? What are things you do to make your home feel good?

She invites us to join her as a Company Girl and participate in performing “small things” each day in 2008! I’m looking forward to it because although I do okay in the organizing department (Rachel Anne has even kindly asked me to contribute in this area) there are many other areas that I need to work on in order to create a home sanctuary for my family.

If you’d like to join in on the fun here are some posts to help get you started:

Why “Small Things”?

What is a Company Girl?

Countdown to “Small Things” 2008 here and here

Begin 2008 with a Prayer

January’s Company Girl Awards!

Doesn’t that sound do-able?

Here’s to getting things done in 2008!

Filed under: Motivation-Encouragement, Organizing


12 Responses to 2008 ~ one “small thing” at a time!

  1. 1
    jen says

    That sounds pretty cool…I’m adding her to my blog lines so I can keep up. Thanks!

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    Annie says

    I’ve been looking at this as well…I think I can handle it.

    Sorry we weren’t able to get together during the holidays…I’m glad you had a good visit with your parents.

    We had a good one, I spoke with J. on Christmas day…it was really good to talk to her.

    Talk to you soon…hey maybe I’ll just give you a call!!

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    Forgetfulone says

    So glad I found this! I’m already linked to you, and I’ve added Home Sanctuary and the company girl button.

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    Lisa says

    My home is in need of organizing really bad. It is one of my new year resolutions.

    I also get overwhelmed at the big picture. I’m learning to take baby steps to get it done.

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    Laura says

    My capacity for procrastination knows no bounds, and I get easily overwhelmed too. I often can’t even see the small tasks. This “Small Things” effort at Home Sanctuary sounds great! Thanks for the tip!

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    Leslie (snaphappyink says

    I checked out her site, and I think I’ll join in as well. I’m definitely looking to make those small changes in 2008 that will have a big impact!

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    The Autumn Dahlia says

    Sounds do-able! I need to give it a shot because the holidays have left our house in CHAOS! Good luck to us!

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    Susanne says

    I am definitely looking at the small things this year. I tend to want these huge goals and it all get lost in the huge feelings of being overwhelmed. So small steps and small things is definitely on my heart.

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    Andrea says

    Soooo glad I just found your blog! Soooo true about taking the big picture and breaking it down! I really get so overwhelmed at the most stressful times, which leads to getting less done. I love to be organized but am struggling to balance it all with starting to homeschool this year. I have made you a FAVE and will surely return often! Thanks so much for your thoughts and links!
    Andrea (mom24)

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    Homemaker05 says

    Thanks for sharing!!! I’m super excited about this!


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