January’s pick is One Bite at a Time: 52 Projects for Making Life Simpler by Tsh Oxenreider of Simple Mom. And I love it.
I’m familiar with many of the ideas in this book already–I know what I need to do to simplify. But I have a hard time focusing on one thing at a time because all the possible things I could be doing to make my life run more smoothly overwhelm me. And then I get scattered and don’t follow through (and make myself crazy in the process).
But in One Bite at a Time, Tsh has carefully curated 52 projects to live more simply. Each project is utterly do-able, broken into steps, and is (for the most part) finite. So when you complete the project (or implement the system), you can check it off the list because you are done!
I just bought my copy last week, and I’ve already crossed four projects off the list: I’ve planned my morning routine (Project #3) and evening routine (Project #4) and posted them neatly on my fridge and my nightstand. I made my first menus (Project #5, and they’re biweekly, as suggested) in Google Calendar. And I’m making the switch to gentle, eco-friendly skin care (Project #30)–something I’ve been meaning to do for ages, but I’ve never made it a priority–until now!
Since one of my goals for 2012 is to “be more on top of things,” I’ve decided to tackle every project in the “Organizing Your Mind” and “Organizing Your Space” categories in the first quarter. (You can visit the book’s site to view a nifty chart of the 52 projects and download a sample)
If you’re a Simple Mom fan, you’ll want to come back and visit tomorrow to check out the giveaway :) (And if you haven’t entered Monday’s giveaway, there’s still time!)
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