Get Inspired/ Personal Best
Kristin Booker • February 28, 2012

Daily Reflection: Remove One Thing Before You Leave The House

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You’ve no doubt heard this famous rule when it comes to accessories. Basically, right before you cross the threshold to leave your home, remove one item from your ensemble to streamline your look and reduce the risk of wearing “too much.” I’m finally succumbed to this rule and I’m the better for it. I’ve also started applying it to my to-do list.

Lately, life has gotten really “big” – tons of options, lots of appointments, things I’ve been asked to do. When people find out I CAN do something and they like what I do, it seems that I get asked to “do” a lot. Events, meetings, conversations, contracts, personal appointments, dinners, business obligations – and that’s before the dry cleaning gets dropped off. This feels really fun and exciting until I let it get out of control. Then it turns into a frantic buzzing about to do the things others want me to do and I’ve got no time to “do” for myself.

This is why I’ve learned to remove one thing before I leave the house. I look at the Santa’s Christmas List long sheet of items that are due and I take one thing off. Sometimes I take two or three things off. This means that I get a chance to do things for myself, which include piling into the bed in sweatpants and watching re-runs of The Biggest Loser and diving into recipes for dinners I now hope to have time to cook.

So, give it a try. Take one thing off your to do list and see if it doesn’t make your life a little more fashionable and streamlined, like your outfit. Next time, we can talk about not putting whatever it is ON the list to begin with. But that’s for another time. The list for today is full. 🙂


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