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WLC Mission is a weekly challenge, meant to improve your life by disrupting your day-to-day routine — taking you out of your comfort zone, asking you to try something new, and challenging you to become a more complete person. Never easy, you can consider the Mission an advanced experiment in personal wellness, with you as the star.
This Week’s Mission: Honey-Do-It-Yourself
This week’s mission is to get the little things done so your bigger experience of life improves. You’re going to look at your list of household chores and accomplish at least one (but probably more because it’s going to feel so good).
I have a lot of lists. Grocery lists. Idea lists. And that one list on the inside door of the cupboard door that details all the “little” things that need to get done around our home.
Like hanging a hook for my keys. Like sorting through the mysterious bin underneath the bed. Like dropping off a bag of clothes at the donation center. Like trimming that one branch off the tree in the yard.
We think that the little things are little, but in fact, their cumulative and daily weight on us becomes very big. Every time I open the cupboard and see my list, I get a bit annoyed with myself. Maybe that tree branch that needs trimming does that to you each time you look out the window.
But it doesn’t have to feel that way.
Because, in truth, the little things are not so hard to do — but somehow it’s their ease that makes them so hard. We can get them done at any time, right? No need to do them now. There are bigger, more important things to handle. And so, the “little” things never get done. And we go months without a hook for our keys and trip on that bag of clothes every morning.
It’s like we think that list is for someone else out there — a “honey do” list for the universe, but not actually for us.
This week’s Mission is about turning that list into a “honey-do-it-yourself” agenda, taking back that energy from the universe, and re-injecting it into our lives. It’s about creating a smoother, more enjoyable experience of life in every moment of your day.
Whether your list is physical or mental, you’ve likely got one. Take a look at your list and pick something super small and ultra-easy:
- Clean that shelf in the pantry.
- Fix that broken hinge.
- Hang the bird-feeder.
- Hang the key hook.
- Repot that plant.
- Put that photograph in a frame.
- (And, seriously, just go trim the tree branch.)
Get one thing done. Then, do another thing tomorrow. Pick the low hanging fruit on that list and do it yourself. Then cross it off your list when it’s done. Your prime directive this week is to create momentum through small actions.
This WLC Mission isn’t scored. To complete it, you just need to do one thing on your list this week. Consider that single action to be your first shove on a big rock. It’s likely that when you feel that rock budge, you’re going to want to keep pushing and do more things on your list.