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Smarter You: Little Changes, Big Payoffs

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It has been said many times: little things can make a big difference. The Malcolm Gladwell bestseller The Tipping Point is all about this and explains it...the final part of the title is " How little things make a big difference." I see this all of the time with my mood. If I do a small thing, like put on a favorite sweater or listen to a perfect song, my gloominess lifts like that (insert finger snap). Same goes for Kiddo -- a small little discovery on the way home from school, like spotting a kitty sitting in a window, can turn an okay day into the best.day.ever.

There are a ton of little things we can do every day that can improve our lives ten-fold, heckadoo, million-fold. Okay, sure, playing the lottery is a small act that can make a big difference, but that difference isn't guaranteed, eh? Takes a bit of luck. These little things I'm thinking of require no luck and really no money. Just effort on your part to do it and reap the rewards that are awesometastic (I just made that word up).

-- Getting an extra hour of sleep. The majority of us are sleep-deprived. Adding in that little bit of sleep can not only make you feel less stressed, it actually helps your memory, keeps you healthy and even helps you lose weight.

-- Taking the stairs. Again, a simple little switcheroo, but if you are battling a few pounds or need to get your heart rate up more each day, take the stairs in the mall rather than the escalator or walk up three flights to the dentist instead of hopping on the elevator.

-- Turn off your phone when you are with your kids. Let go of the FOMO (fear of missing out). That hour you are playing My Little Pony or the bits of the afternoon you are walking through the park afterschool, just turn it off. That easy simple flip of a button lets you focus on your kids 100%.

-- Writing gratitude. Snag a little notepad or min journal and keep it by your bed. Before hitting the sheets (an hour earlier, remember), write down three things you were grateful for that day. Could be the fact you had good "green light" karma when driving to school this morning or that you were able to witness an amazing bonding moment of your older daughter helping her younger sister tie her shoes. This small little act will keep you centered on the goodness in life.

-- Make more one-dish recipes. One dish, less clean up, more time...I know, everyone wants more time. Small choice, big payoff. 'Nuf said.

What small changes do you make that create a big difference? Are there any that you want to make?

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by on Aug. 22, 2013 at 12:00 AM
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AzariahsMother
by Lynsey on Aug. 24, 2013 at 9:15 PM

None that I can think of off the top of my head.

mom2jessnky
by Platinum Member on Aug. 25, 2013 at 9:55 AM

I'm always surprised when people don't do this automatically. I don't even do it to save gas. It just never occurred to me to do anything different. So when I found out that people don't do this automatically I was confused, why would you waste all that time driving all over creation when you could plan it out for 30 seconds before you leave, gather everything up and go? You do that, you have time to read later on. :)

Quoting MamaJane:

Combine trips. If you need to grocery shop and need to drop a bill off and need to pick up the dry cleaning, combine it and make a route to save you the most gas.


mom2jessnky
by Platinum Member on Aug. 25, 2013 at 10:00 AM

Pay bills online, that alone has saved me a ton of money and time. I don't have to mail out things, buy stamps, go to the post office (because I never had stamps or was 1 short). I buy stamps once a year, at Christmas time when I send out cards, every single bill is paid online through my bank's bill pay. I can deposit checks from my phone so I don't make trips to the bank either.

Park farther away at the store, you'll not only get a little walking in, but some asshole isn't going to ding your car either, and no one will be creeping up your butt to get your parking spot when you're trying to leave. The only people that should be parking close are the disabled and very old.

Hottmomma607
by Trica on Aug. 25, 2013 at 1:41 PM
These are awesome!
MamaJane
by Jane:) on Aug. 25, 2013 at 9:12 PM
It's something in dealing with with my parents right now. My dad can no longer drive so ill get a call at 10pm on a week night, "Janie I need pads can you get me some". What, you couldn't put that on the grocery list yesterday? Or she will call the day after we do her shopping and say she needs us to go to the ATM for her. It drives me insane.

Quoting mom2jessnky:

I'm always surprised when people don't do this automatically. I don't even do it to save gas. It just never occurred to me to do anything different. So when I found out that people don't do this automatically I was confused, why would you waste all that time driving all over creation when you could plan it out for 30 seconds before you leave, gather everything up and go? You do that, you have time to read later on. :)

Quoting MamaJane:

Combine trips. If you need to grocery shop and need to drop a bill off and need to pick up the dry cleaning, combine it and make a route to save you the most gas.


yvonne37
by Platinum Member on Aug. 25, 2013 at 10:51 PM

I have been running!! :)  never tried it before but now i am hooked and i started little by little, work in progress and it makes me feel really good :)

charlene_kyle
by Charlene on Aug. 27, 2013 at 9:12 AM

 We do this too! I try to do it all at once.

Quoting MamaJane:

Combine trips. If you need to grocery shop and need to drop a bill off and need to pick up the dry cleaning, combine it and make a route to save you the most gas.

 

mamamiajk
by Silver Member on Aug. 27, 2013 at 10:09 AM

I make all appts. on the same day if I can to save time and money. If my day is going to be occupied with one I might as well get as many as I can done istead of being spread out and screwing up mulitple days.

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