These are not mind-blowing gifts.
They don’t take a lot of time. I know because I have timed them.
Yet, these gifts ease me into each new day with a sense of purpose and calm.
Setting the Stage
A clean kitchen Before I go to bed I clean the counters, floor and sink. It feels great to walk into a relatively spotless kitchen. I often use the “a lick and a promise” method.
Table setting My place is set and waiting for me to enjoy my first meal of the day. I can watch the neighborhood awaken as I enjoy breakfast.
A tidy bedroom I make my bed before I leave my bedroom. Everyday. It is amazing how good this makes me feel. I learned this from the “Win the Day” philosophy of Coach Chip Kelly.
A tidy home Before going to bed, I take a few minutes to tidy my house. It is amazing how little time it takes to toss trash, fluff cushions, hang coats, etc. Yet, the effort is really worthwhile for me.
Prepare basic food I microwave fresh vegetables to add to other dishes or eat with cheese and/or nuts. I slice fresh vegetables for a quick, cold snack when I am raiding the refrigerator.
I cook a pot of quinoa, farro or brown rice.
Connect with loved ones Email, text, a letter…short and sweet and personal to let them know they are in my thoughts.
Why These Work
These are simple.
They are sustainable.
They set the stage for a wonderful day which leads to a wonderful week which leads to a wonderful, satisfying life.
They allow me to focus on what’s important in my life.
Family, friends, faith, work, play.