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    Small Step No. 06

    05.09.2017 / OTHER

    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.

    • Talitha

      Thank you…just what I needed today!

    • I love this idea!

    • Beautiful idea! These days, I’m taking the extra 10 minutes to include my 15-month-old daughter in feeding our animals morning and evening. Her joy and pleasure at seeing the horse and goat bring back my own. Now to keep her from eating the chicken feed instead of scattering it…

      • What a LOVELY small step!!! I’m sure it’s far more effort, but what a beautiful reward. :)

    • WHAT A GREAT IDEA :-) -my Spanish verbs! Thanks!

    • Heather

      I love this! Great idea…I really need to try!

    • I do this with a novel sometimes, propping it up in front of me, to trick myself into cooking. 😁

    • What a wonderful idea! Something I need to try. Thank you…

    • Holly

      SUCH a good idea! Thank you. Also, what Bible is this in the picture? I love how much space there is around the text!

    • Sommer Brown

      I started this recently, too! My phone used to charge on the counter and I would find myself picking it up without any reason and then…well, there went more time than I can track. One day, I placed it in my desk to charge and left a book in the kitchen (or a list of ideas or tasks) and it changed my day so much! I don’t even know what prompted it, but I plan to continue.

    • I LOVE this idea!! I have been trying to exchange my weekday time on social media (only checking instagram on the weekends) by using that time I would normally reach for my phone to read for a book to read instead. But, I love this idea of taking it a step further by placing my phone out of sight for periods of time. Thanks for the inspiration! :)

      • I love that you’re finding ways to make Instagram work for you, Elise! :)

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