Sometimes when I feel overwhelmed, I like to jot down small “wins” that I’ve done to make my life easier. These are not major achievements by any means but these wins do give me a small sense of pride.
- Paid for Valet Parking: I was barely making it to my son’s doctor appointment and the traffic was horrendous. I was in a left-turn lane and only one car was going through when the light turned green. When I finally got into the parking area, the building’s parking lot was full and the valet was directing people to another lot. By the time I turn around and walk back with toddler in tow, it would take another 20-30 minutes. So I asked about valet parking and was in the door in 3 minutes. If you know me, you’d know that I would never choose valet parking under normal circumstances. It just seems like a waste of money. Plus, my car is a bit dinged-up and always in need of a wash. However, by doing this, we made it to our appointment on time and it turned out that valet parking was only $3 more than regular parking. $3 that saved me from a major hassle. A win!
- Avoided A Meeting: I’ve been taking time off from work for several personal errands and appointments. My boss is pretty flexible but I could tell that he was getting a bit concerned. So I did something that had never occurred to me before…I asked if I could change an in-person meeting to a scheduled call. That is a norm for business but hasn’t been the norm for my dealings with this particular government agency. They agreed and I was able to get my questions answered without leaving my desk! Note: I’m going to continue doing this from now on. There are many instances where people ask to meet when things could get done via email or phone.
- Bought Additional Support Garments, Finally: I’m counting the purchase of 4 additional bras as a win. I finally threw out items that were uncomfortable and no longer provided support. Most importantly, I can stretch out the time between doing laundry (my personal load, not including the kids).
Any small wins you care to share?