“Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff” is a CROCK! Small stuff is exactly what you should be sweating.
Case in point: I used to dump the mail on the kitchen table every day. I’d come home from work, walk down the street to the mailbox, and as soon as I reentered the house, I’d hear “When’s dinner?” and “I’m starving!” So plop went the mail. Would I go back to it after we finished eating? Of course not. And the next day the cycle would begin again. At the end of the week, my sweet husband would say, “Why don’t we go through this?” By then, it would be a big ol’ stack, way too intimidating to tackle. And so I’d balk, claim I didn’t have time to do it. Round and round we went.
Finally one day I’d had enough. I decided to try something rash. When I brought the mail in the house, I went straight to the kitchen table, as usual. But this time I methodically opened every single envelope. Made 3 piles: shred, recycle, and deal with. THEN I shredded, recycled and dealt with every last piece. Because I’m weird, I turned on the timer when I started. Did I spend 15 minutes? 10? Even 5? Nope, the whole process took about 2 ½ minutes. I swear dinner was on the table even faster simply because I felt so good about myself.
And that’s the day I realized it’s the small stuff that makes or breaks you. Most of what we put off could be finished in a fraction of the time we need when we procrastinate. So now my motto is: “Sweat the Small Stuff and the Big Stuff Is a Breeze.”