I have one of those corner suction shelves in my shower. When I first installed this shelf, I (being a perfectionist) used a level to make sure I was getting it just right. Level, install, hooray! A few days later that shelf looked like it was leaning wonky towards the front. I had gotten it level side to side, but back to front it was listing.
For a few weeks I looked at the shelf everyday, saying “I need to fix that”. But I’d continue on with my shower and do nothing about it. Until finally it dawned on me that if I took the shelf down while showering in the morning I could let the suction cups and shower walls dry, and easily re-install the shelf the same evening.
Stop The Insanity
What the frick took me so long? The day I noticed the lean, and notice that it bugged me, I could have fixed it. But other things clouded my mind, like the fact that little hairs were gathering inside the casing of my razor, or that I had some invoicing to do that day at work, or that my cat needed his asthma treatment (yes, my poor little orange guy has an inhaler).
After I had this epiphany, that it was as easy as taking the shelf down–which required pulling on a lever to release the suction, and then putting it back up later that day, I started to see other things in my environment that were bugging me and easily fixable. The sweater I had crumpled up on a shelf, rather than folding (if you’re not going to fold it, at least hang it, even if it means little hanger bumps in the arms). The pile of papers on my work desk with multiple cross notes that could easily be condensed onto one pad of paper. The sticky note hanging out at the bottom of my purse that no longer needs to be there, and I pull out on several occasions, but somehow always forget to throw away.
Do you let an unmade bed bug you every morning? Fix it!
Choose Your Battles
Living is busy, and distracting, and it’s easy to turn our attention away from the little (or big) things that get our goat, but not quite enough to demand immediate reaction. But what if you did take immediate reaction? What if you started to clear all that crap that on a daily basis causes a little twinge of guilt because it’s something you need or want to take care of, but haven’t yet? What if you even started to take care of half the things that were bugging you? Even just two things? Maybe just one?
Life is full of battles. Choosing to win the smaller ones on a regular basis, even if it is just a crooked shelf that’s been bugging you, can give you a sense of accomplishment. It can also create a realization that those big things you might be procrastinating about can also be accomplished. Taking care of the small things can clear the path for the larger obstacles you need to tackle.
Stop & Pay Attention To Details
So when I fixed that shelf, I had another epiphany as I was doing it. In my obsession to get the shelf hung straight the first time around, I missed the obvious guide that was right in front of my face. My shower is tiled, which has grout, which provides perfect grid-lines for me to line my shelf up against to get it straight. Duh. As a details person, I can easily get in my own way just by over analyzing the best way to get something done.
Keep your eyes peeled, because simple solutions are likely all around you, if you are willing to look for them.
Now go fix something that’s bugging you!