Monday, October 28, 2013

{31 Days} Back to Basics Day 28

This month I am participating in the nester's {31 Days} challenge.  My topic for the month is Back to Basics.  If you would like to follow along you can find all of my posts here.

Over the past month I have talked a lot about baby steps.  Back to Basics has been about me getting back to what is important for me and my family.  When you are implementing new lifestyle choices, small changes seem to work the best.

However, there are times when baby steps will not work.  Sometimes you have so many changes that you want to make, that a slow and methodical change strategy may never get you to your end result.

Perhaps you made a lot of these changes, like me, previously, but you have gotten away from them recently for whatever reason.  In this case, I would say you probably could just jump right back into what you had been doing.  These are changes that you made already.  It will not shock your family, or you to make them again.

Some changes you want to see immediate results from.  Take de-cluttering for instance.  It would be nice to go through your house a little bit at a time and get rid of things a little at a time.  But, if you are like most families, you will most likely also be bringing new items into your house.  So if you are bringing stuff in as fast as you are getting rid of stuff, you probably will not see a huge change.  Now, if you give yourself a time line and tear through your house, you will see the result right off – and this may cause you to not bring new items back into your home.

It can be painful at first but I think the majority of the time, after that initial pain you are happier with the change.  This is obviously assuming that you have considered the pros and cons of your choice.

One change that I have been considering for some time but have not been able to totally jump into is the limiting of technology usage.  I am a technology junkie.  I honestly love my gadgets, I love tv, I love the internet.  Clearly I have issues!  I am thinking of implementing technology “fast” days though.  I would like to say that I will limit my usage to certain times during the day, and I do for the most part.  However, it is very easy to make exceptions with those types of parameters.  “The kids are playing well, I will check Feedly” which then turns into an hour of mindless surfing and not accomplishing much else!  This would be a case, for me, to jump in and go for it.

Is there a change in your life that you want to jump right into instead of making smaller changes along the way?  What is stopping you?

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