That Time I Grounded Myself for a Week


30 days of a Simple Focus (automating, delegating, and simplifying every day tasks) did two things:

  1. Helped me become more organized.
  2. Provided me with more time.

I feel like I should be really excited because that’s a big goal of mine: simplifying the to do’s so I can focus on the things I want to be…

But I’ve found that without intentionality, I simply do more of what I always do. It’s always easier to stay with the script we’ve written for ourselves than change and grow.

The desire to break out of that coupled with reading More or Less resulted in a super simple experiment. There are things that I know I need to do on a daily basis. Things that result in less stress and make me a better human to be around, yet tend to fall at the mercy of my over-packed check list:

  • Getting up early;
  • Working out;
  • Eating well;
  • Making time to serve and love on people around me;
  • Going to bed early.

For the week after Simple Focus ended, I “grounded” myself to make sure these things were done before anything else on my check list. While I didn’t stick to those things as strictly as I originally planned, my sneaking suspicion that the things that matter most are at the mercy of the things that matter least was dead on.

What about you? Do you find yourself repeating habits simply because they’re habits- not necessarily because they’re what you want to do? Are you enticed by the boxes that are easy to check off the list but keep you from doing the really important things? If so, why do you think that is?

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  • kels September 11, 2013 at 11:28 AM

    yes! going to bed early and getting up early (to work out) are making all the difference for me!

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