Small intentional changes have a greater impact on your lives if you stay consistent. Consistency over time make a Great Impact. In order to see change you must start! Start now to see the change you want. How will you get organized?
Being organized is a quality that benefits all parts of your life. Your home and your family are one area, but what about your car? This is one thing that you use almost every day, it will take less than a couple of hours to organize and yet have a huge impact each time you get behind the wheel. The car may seem to be no big deal to you but it is something you can start today and see results. A clean and organized car has a bigger impact than many people realize.
Is your commute long or a relatively short? It actually does not matter. If your car is clean and organized, it will create a more peaceful commute and give you a jump start on your day with less stress. Isn’t that what we all need in the morning? But in order have a peaceful morning you must start now.
How will you make your Mountain into a Molehill?
What if you were sure when you pull out of your driveway that you have everything that you need. No going back home after 2 miles because you realize that you forgot your phone, charger or that file you need for your morning meeting? You thought they were in your car, but you really could not tell because of all the excess “Stuff”. Did you close the garage door? Start today! Grab a trash bag and get started. You know you have a fast food bag or cup stowed next to your seat or door.
Quick List For Greater Impact:
- Remove all trash – (ok a couple and I mean a couple of napkins or straws stowed in a glove compartment are ok but not 10 or 20). Remove all trash at the end of each day! Do not let this pile up.
- Take everything out of ALL the glove compartments, doors, trunk etc. Use a basket or box with no holes. Remember you are removing EVERYTHING…… even the coins or earrings in your cubbies
- Your car should be completely empty of everything.
- Vacuum and wash your car. $ 15 now will give you a great feeling when you are putting things back in.
- Wash the inside of your windows – a clear view from the windows will give you a GREAT feeling. No worries the kids and dogs will make new imprints.
- Get a basket or small box to contain items that you need on a regular basis. I have a leather storage container to keep: Wipes, a couple of pens and paper, hand lotion/sun screen, dental picks (you most likely eat in your car and these are great to have) , and a few Cd’s – yes, my car still have a player. You don’t need much. Just what you need.
- The glove compartment should only have your registration, insurance cards, coupons, passes etc. and your baggie with the extra napkins and straws. I use a small plastic divided file folder that I update when I get new cards or coupons and leave only the CURRENT information (don’t keep the expired cards – this just get confusing). I use one similar to the noted below.
Quick Organizing Tool
Believe me from first hand experience, it is easier to get this from the glove compartment for the police officer or park ranger when you need it rather than scrambling nervously through everything. I am sure we have all been there.
These small intentional changes make great Impact on your life long term. It is easier to make an impact on your life with that small change that is consistent than a large change or statement of change that fizzles out in a matter of days. (i.e. I will lose 50 lbs. vs. I will lose 2 lbs. this week.) The mountain is still there. But taking one steps at a time is the easiest way to conquer your mountain and make it into a molehill.
What are the easiest steps? If you keep things so they are easily accessible and you see them as you go out the door this helps so MUCH! I keep my purse, workbag and workout clothes right by the door. When I leave in the morning they are right in my view. I just collect them and put them into the car – assuring myself that I am ready for work and the gym afterwards. No going back home or skipping the gym all together because I forgot something.
Keep things SIMPLE and Consistent
- Schedule your car for Regular Oil changes – it is a big investment and needs regular maintenance. Tires and Wiper Blades are often over looked and need to be checked regularly. I live in the south and they dry out quickly but I still need them.
- Do I really use or need it? Think: When I am in my car what do I always look for but don’t have?
3. Put a note on your dashboard for any items you regularly take to work:
- Is the garage door closed?
It helps to see this brief reminder each day. It saves you from making those trips back home to check. How will you save time and create a stress free morning?
How will you make your Mountain into a Molehill?
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