There’s an oft-referenced marketing rule that, to encourage impulse purchases in consumers, desirable products should be neatly organized at eye level, preferably as an end cap. Make it eye-catching, make it obvious. Make it impossible to ignore.
And this is why I’ve stopped placing my phone on our kitchen counter.
It was eye-catching. It was obvious. It was impossible to ignore, all too easy to impulse grab. My phone now happily sits in my nightstand drawer, pinging and flashing to no one at all.
And so, a small reminder for myself, instead:
Place an open book on the kitchen counter.
I’ve been reading through Proverbs over and over and over again, and I’ve found that I’ll return to it more often throughout the day if it’s already open, already inviting — right there on the kitchen counter, right where my brain has trained itself to seek out my phone.
It’s the simplest shift that has proved to be a more useful, more productive, more wisdom-packed resting place for my eyes – and my soul.
Tell me: what small steps are you exploring these days? I’d love to hear!
p.s. These are a series of small steps that will (hopefully) provide one giant leap to greater things. Not for mankind, but for me, and perhaps for you, which will always be good enough in my book. First five are here, here, here, here and here.