Create a container.
Lately I've been putting a quote up on my pantry door each week. I switch them out on Mondays. I'm trying to generate dialogue with my kids about topics that I think we need to focus on for one reason or another.
I've thought of doing this before, but it never happened until I put a piece of colored card stock up on the door with a title ("Quote of the week") and a little taped-on clip to hold the quotes.
I'm on my third week of quotes, and I hope to keep it going all 52 weeks of 2015. It occurs to me that I have a better chance of sticking with my plan because I created a container. The background paper with the title and a waiting clip is the container. Seeing it is a trigger to fill the container.
I always have better luck sticking with things when I take the time to create a container.
- My son's baseball stuff didn't get lost as often once I printed out a label ("Baseball Stuff") and taped it on a basket in his closet.
- My yoga practice got a lot more consistent once I started going at the same time every day (6-7am, when nothing else can get in the way.)
- My friendship with two women I met in an online writing course deepened quickly once we created an email template that we fill out and send to each other every Wednesday.
- I successfully completed 12 personal dares in 2014 once I started posting each dare to the blog on the first of every month.
All of these are examples of containers of different sorts.
Have a habit you want to start or change? Try creating a container.
There you have it, my spark of the day.
Spark of the Day is a blog series where I document and share the ideas that spark (i.e. resonate with) me. They are usually either ideas I come across during my day, or ideas I have as a result of my work and personal writing. Spark is the "one word" I have chosen for 2015.