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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 #9: Write out an evening routine that will prepare you for the next day.

I love waking up ahead instead of behind. The only way I can do that is by having an evening routine. Pam and Peggy talk about routines in their book Get Your Act Together.

Eventually your routine will come automatically, but first you need to write it down. You want to write down straightening the house, getting out what you need for the next day and preparing for bed. To get you started, here is my evening routine.

  • Fix dinner
  • Chores (everyone is the family does their daily and weekly chore)
  • Kids pick up their room
  • Read to kids
  • Take my allergy medicine and give my daughter hers
  • Pick out my clothes for tomorrow (The kids pick out their clothes on Sunday for the week)
  • 5 minutes cleaning office
  • Go through mail and school papers
  • Make sure all laundry is away
  • Pick up the living room
  • Plan tomorrow, do I have everything I need?
  • Brush and floss teeth, wash face, clean contacts
  • Read and journal before bed

    Here is another example:

    A Working Woman's Evening Routine  

What can you do tonight that will make tomorrow easier?

 

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