Clump #174: Get a clump to Goodwill.
So far I’ve had a good record for using my tickler file. My strategy: I’ve promised myself I will look inside the day’s folder before I look at anything on the computer. The two are close to each other, so it has been a cinch … kind of a habit hook.
Today’s folder contained a couple of Christmas carols that my younger daughter had found in a whirlwind of room cleaning. I know just where to put them! And, even better, I’ll know just where to find them next December.
I developed the other part of my strategy on day two, when I skipped looking in the folder because I knew there was nothing inside. It occurred to me that I need to know there will always be something inside a day’s folder in order to maintain the habit … thus, a second promise. I will put my to-do list for the next day (using discarded pages from a page-a-day calendar) in its folder the night before, and do it before I turn on the television, pick up something to read, or otherwise chill for the evening … a nightly habit hook bookending the morning one.
On today’s list was a trip to the Goodwill. My husband had weeded a bunch of clothes out of his closet , and my younger daughter was galvanized to do the same, adding books and other sundry items …
including the cage and hamster toys for her dearly departed hamster, Steve. I had no idea he had a “HAMTRAC.”
Giving these things away felt good and made walking into her hamster-barren room much easier. Let’s all imagine Steve enjoying an awesome HAMTRAC in the sky.
It was a perfect day for spring cleaning and crossing off errands from the list:
warmer temperatures, bright blue sky, and puffy clouds like bright white linens snapping in the breeze.