I woke up early, just as Russ was finally crawling into bed after finishing a project for work. His cold body curled up against mine in the wee hours of the morning. I waited for sleep to return and then finally crept from our bed, made my way downstairs, and flipped on the coffee maker.
I read my Bible, read from my current book, Daring Greatly by Brene Brown, planned my day on a lined tablet (yes, real paper) and then opened my computer, ready to write. I launched into a post on the topic of attunement, which was the subject of a recent parent session at Dimples’ program. In an effort to be accurate, my post began to read like a boring college paper. I tried to fix it, then realized this was all taking far too long. So I saved it as a draft and went to take a shower.
So often lately I haven’t had the heart to blog, but today the sun is shining and I want to say hello, friends – I miss you and hope I will be able to write more often.
I want to share one small thing I’ve found helpful in my life lately, the 10-10-10 principle. I read an article about managing your time and your life in Real Simple magazine awhile ago and this is the one thing that stuck with me.
The basic idea is that when you are faced with a decision that is difficult to make, ask yourself what the consequences of your choice will be in ten minutes, ten months, and ten years. How’s that for a great filter for decision making? What might feel like relief in ten minutes could cause great regret ten months later.
Suzy Welch has written a book titled 10-10-10: A Fast and Powerful Way to get Unstuck in Love, at Work, and with Your Family. I haven’t read it, but I love the concept and have applied it to my life numerous times since reading the article. I am not naturally good at making decisions – I tend to over think and consider too many details. This small thing helps me simplify (and speed up) the process.
What do you think? How good are you at making decisions?
Have a great Monday, friends.