It’s the Little Things…Little Things To Make Small Differences in Daily Life

There are some little things that are little enough that they don’t quite merit their own post, yet could be immensely helpful to some of you out there. Each of the 5 things below have helped me in big and little ways, and I want to pay it forward. Hopefully, at least one of them can help you too! Continue reading

It’s the Little Things…Noticing Unwritten Rules at Work (or, Set Up Your Office for Success)

Each office has its own unwritten rules of conduct. There are the rules that everybody knows but doesn’t say, such as how long you can acceptably chat with coworkers or how casual you can be on casual Friday, and then there are the rules that everybody might not realize they know but they still follow. One of these unwritten rules in my office is how the computer screens are set up and how clean the desk is. It might seem like a little thing, but I can guarantee that the bosses and supervisors subconsciously take note. Continue reading

It’s the Little Things…Look at Their Feet (Or, How to See If Someone is Trying to Run Away From a Conversation

Raise your hand if you’ve ever been stuck in a conversation. Everybody reading this should be raising their hands. Raise your hand if the other person noticed that you wanted out and let you out. Probably fewer raised hands, if any. Now, raise your hand if you’ve ever noticed that someone else was stuck in a conversation with you…and you let them out. Chances are that you didn’t let them out, probably because you didn’t realize that someone was ready to move on (for any reason at all). “But I didn’t know they wanted out!” Well, here’s an incredibly simple way to know how someone is feeling: look at their feet!

For this week’s post about a little thing that has a large impact, watch the other person’s feet the next time you have a conversation for tell tales of how engaged they are in the conversation. As much as we can make our faces do what we want, our feet always tell the truth. We’ve all been there – smiling at the other person while thinking about how badly you need to get to the dry cleaners before they close, or how you have that report due tomorrow that you haven’t started, or that your email is probably blowing up right now, or that you’re tired of standing and ready to sit down (at your desk/couch). Continue reading

It’s the Little Things…Having a To-Do Later List (or, Making Sure You Remember Fun Projects You Want to Do When You’re Insanely Busy)

These days, I thankfully have more time than I usually know what to do with. However, there was a time in the not-so-distant past when my to-do list was taller than my husband (and he’s pretty tall!). With all that I had going on, I had to figure out how to get it all done. Even though the saying is, “If you want something done, give it to a busy person”, there’s a threshold for busy people: Continue reading

It’s the Little Things…Keeping Track of Life (or, Using Reminders and Repeating Tasks to Make Sure Stuff Gets Done)

Life comes with a lot of responsibilities and it can be hard to keep track of everything, like remembering to change the air filters in your house. No, you don’t have to water your plants or change out your air filters on a rigid schedule, but the plants might not live very long and the air you breathe won’t be as nice. I happen to love plants and clean air (especially with a very hairy, shedding dog, living on a gravel road, and a tendency to burn things), so I value keeping up with tasks like this. Tasks like this though, don’t quite fit on a daily to-do list very easily because they don’t happen every day and, sometimes, don’t happen for months. Yet, we still want/need to remember them. I don’t know about you all, but my brain forgets stuff I need to do, even if it’s every single week or every other week. So, to make life a little bit easier on myself, I automate as much as I can. My repeating calendar reminders are such a little thing, but they have such a big difference in my life. Continue reading