One Small Change

I had an annoying problem for quite some time.  You see, every time I went to find my keys in my purse, I became frustrated as I rifled through every nook and cranny of the purse – sometimes two or three times – before ultimately being triumphant in pulling the elusive wad of keys out of the clutches of my purse. I would go through this ridiculous process several times a day, every day, until last week when I finally set my mind to eliminating this ongoing annoyance.
What did I do?  Something so small and simple that I feel silly sharing it with you.  Of the four compartments in my purse, I decided to pick the smallest pocket and always place my keys in that same compartment – every time.  Guess what? It works! I always know where to find my keys!  I am sure this comes as no surprise to you.  You are probably saying, “Duh, why didn’t you do that a long time ago?”
This, my friends, is an excellent question.  It is not that I had not thought of it before.  I had…and I knew that it would work.  So why not do it?! The answer is that it was easier (at the time) to just throw the keys into my purse and let them land wherever they would.  I was either in a hurry or had something else on my mind.  The bottom line is I was not focused on what I was doing.

As it usually does, not paying attention to what we are doing winds up costing us in the long run.

How much time and frustration could I have saved myself by focusing on what I was doing and spending the extra five seconds to put my keys in a set location?  A lot!

I share this story about my lapse in rational behavior because I am fairly confident that many of you out there have something that you do on autopilot – something that if you focus on it and do it with intention – would make your life easier.  Maybe it is the way you handle your emails, plan (or do not plan) your meals for the week, or do your laundry.  I bet there is at least one thing that with a little focused attention up front can free up time and energy as well as reduce your stress and frustration level.  It can be as small a thing as putting your keys in the same place each time.  What is the one small change YOU can implement in order to make your life better? I encourage you to give it some thought and give it a try!

If you have decided to make a small (or big) change, I would like to know what it is. If you would like to share your change with me, let me know at

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