getting to know a new place comes with having to tweak the way you do things as well as make little changes to the place itself so you become comfortable and feel settled. I’ve been irritated for weeks by the loo roll holder (I’m not sure why this would have happened, but it was hung with the bar sticking out to the left rather than the right so it jutted out into the walkway) and on the weekend I finally took out a screwdriver and corrected it. Maybe it took 15 minutes. DONE! Felt amazing.
On the backburner
Recently a client and I were running over a list of action items that they’d mentioned needed to get done. Some of these had been rolling over for a number of weeks and my client was getting a bit sheepish. Rather than jumping into the topic of the week I asked my client if it’d be possible to do those things NOW. Message that person, set up a meeting, set up a Square account, send an email off requesting a refund. After 20 minutes those things were done and my client looked so relieved.
What this conversation and my irritating loo roll holder, made me think about was how often we put up with things dragging on rather than just tackling them. Once these little things are off our plate there’s headspace and more momentum for other more important things.
I often hear clients say that they don’t have time to:
- Clean up their desk space and office even though they know that the next time they sit down to work they’ll feel refreshed
- Documenting processes even though a checklist will save them so much time the next time they do the task
- Clearing out their inbox even though their emails are currently stressing them out big time
- Get that phone or laptop screen fixed even though they’d be able to get more done while out and about
- Get new photos taken so that their old ones don’t make them cringe anymore
- Learn new software or equipment even though it’d help them save so much time in the long run
Sometimes these things that we pop on the backburner, these ‘little’ things that we put off, could actually make a big impact on the quality of our work and lives. Taking the time to do such things not only helps maintain the basics of what we’re needing but it helps us feel in control and cared for.
Fixing my loo roll holder didn’t take long at all in comparison to how long I’d been irritated by it. The experience has made me look around and think what else am I putting up with that I could change quite quickly? So that’s my question for you, what could you do to improve your current quality of life?