52 Tiny Changes Archive

Change is so huge, so big, so time-consuming. It is much easier to keep the status quo.

Does it have to be that way? How about if we change just a little at a time? We are not remaking your whole life at once. If you do one tiny change a week, by the end of the year you will have a better, more vibrant life. Another positive is with small changes, you have a much better chance at keeping your new habits.

For a free list of the 52 tiny changes, send an e-mail to dargis@chartermi.net with 52 changes in the subject line. Or come here each week for a new change and some steps to help you along the way.

Tiny Change #11: Take the last few minutes of the work day to straighten up and plan for the day ahead

It can be hard to start a day positively when you are surrounded by a mess and don't even know what you are doing the day ahead.

When I was working outside the home full-time, I fixed this problem by taking the last 15 minutes of the work day to prepare for the next. I cleared off my desk, made sure the papers were in the right folders, found all my pens, and washed my water mug.

Then I would empty my brain of all the things I had to do the next day. I categorized by calls to make, projects going to film, design projects, projects I am waiting for another person on, etc. It was a way to let all my thoughts of work hit the paper, then when I left work I didn't have to think about them anymore.

When I came into work in the morning a clean desk awaited me and my first project to do was highlighted on my to do list.

Working from home or parenting at home is tougher, since there is no real transition period. I still try to do the same routine, now that I work from home. I have a set time where I finish work (usually). I clear my desk and plan work for the next day. It's like a mini-transition from working to home and family. Sometimes though, I end up on the computer later, so I also have a 5-minute office cleaning routine at the end of the day. Otherwise I can't keep on top of the mess my office can get into.

Working Moms and Parenting What do do before leaving for work and before coming home

Changing Gears Making the transition from work to home

What do you need to do to transition from work to home?


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