At the beginning of January, I shared with you my intention to focus on forming one good habit each month in 2012.
Each month, I am picking one habit that I see as a foundational to the efficiency and peace in my home, family or life. Steep order, huh?
As you may remember, last month, I picked clearing off my desk at the end of every night.
I realized that a messy desk not only led me to be unproductive with work, it also led me to waste money – or, at the very least, not save money. Bills were getting lost under piles of junk. And late fees equals lost money. Coupons weren’t being filed away in my no-clip file folder, so I was missing out on all the hottest weekly deals.
Plus, that messy desk was just a drag on me – psychically. Knowing that mess needed tending to weighed me down – even when I wasn’t in the office.
After one month of clearing my desk every night before I went to bed (Yes! This is how my desk looked this morning!), I can honestly say that I think this new habit will stick!
I love my clear desk. It has definitely improved my overall efficiency – and I saved a ton with coupons last month! I even managed to put in place a few systems to make it easier to keep track of blogging business receipts – which has been a real nemesis of mine until now.
For February, I am choosing to focus on laundry. The one good habit I want to adopt is to clean, dry, fold and PUT AWAY at least one load of laundry each day. (I will take Saturdays off – and I may take Fridays off, too, if I find we can squeak by with five laundry days.)
Now granted, our washer/dryer has been out of commission due to some work we’re having done on our basement, but even before that big back-up, laundry was a constant sore spot for our home. Inevitably my husband and I would get behind, and we’d end up scrounging for clean socks amidst piles of clean laundry that were taking up residence on our couch.
And let’s just say that horizontal surfaces – including the floors! – seem to be a real magnet for clothing, clean or dirty. In fact, I’ve probably washed more than my share of already CLEAN laundry due to this magnetic problem.
I’m hoping that if I focus on finishing one load to completion each day, I can not only keep our laundry hampers under control, but I can also avoid the clean-laundry-everywhere-but-the-dressers phenomenon that we have going on now.
Did you join me in focusing on Just One Thing in January? How did it go? Would you like to pick up with me in February? I hope so! What one habit would you like to focus on this month?