One Thing-ing for Health

This post contains affiliate links.

image_thumb[11]

 

Simplicity should not be complicated.

That’s why I have (once again) been One Thing-ing it the last couple of weeks.

 

Sometimes, with health challenges, To Do Lists of Many Things are just too much for me. I make the lists, then feel like I must accomplish everything on the list:

To Do List

Many days I do get Many Things done, my lists checked off efficiently, if not artistically. But sometimes all I can do is One Thing. On days I don’t have the strength, the balance (literally, as in gravity pulls at me like a cat yanking yarn), or the heart to do more than one thing, I feel defeated, as if I can do No Thing.

If I stay convinced that I have to do Every Thing, I tend to not do Any Thing (in the housework sense, for today’s post).

If you have read French Press Housecleaning: My Best Eight Minutes you know how much coffee (regular or decaf) helps my house. But some days, even those short eight minutes feel like eight hours.  And if I actually have eight hours … oooh, as much I like math, I’d rather not do it in this case.

So, I just do One Thing.

One Thing

I glance around the room and ask myself: What One Thing is bugging me the most, right now, at this very moment?

If it comes at coffee-making time it must be done in 8 minutes – with a 30-second pause mid-stream to pour water.  Most of the time, it takes much less than 4 minutes, so I choose one more One Thing.   If it’s any time after coffee, I still do just One Thing. I remove all pressure to do anything else when I feel the world on my shoulders, neck, legs, brain, etc.

Examples of morning housekeeping One Things:

    • Move dishes from dining room to sink. It seems we have thirsty midnight creepers in this house. I rarely catch them in action because I’m usually doing One Thing by that time: sleeping.
    • Wipe the stove top.
    • Put canned goods from the last shopping trip in our outdoor pantry.
    • Water the herbs on the back porch.
    • Wipe a refrigerator shelf.
    • Toss the ewww I found in the refrig while wiping the shelf. (Did you notice? Wiping is One Thing. Tossing is another.)
    • Sort one piece of laundry into a Personal Pile for People to Put Away.
    • Sort one piece of laundry into a Personal Pile for People to Put Away.
    • Sort one piece of laundry into a Personal Pile for People to Put Away.

That wasn’t a computer glitch – I consider each piece of laundry (or clutter) a One Thing. When I walk away from the task, instead of thinking: I only did some laundry, what a failure. I think, I did many One Things: success!

Whether I get one One Thing done or many, I thank God for the ability to do it.

One thing about One Thing-ing is the difference just one small change makes to a room. Others may still see the Many Undones, but I see how my small effort really did make a difference.

Hmmmm. That’s something to ponder …

Maybe that’s like studying the Word of God. We see – and God sees – the difference of One Thing we’ve applied, while others only see the Many Undones.

If you feel like Too Much is Too Much, here’s a FREE printable to help:  One Thing To Do List.

My To Do List Printable

 

Happy Health Tuesday!

What’s your One Thing?

This post contains affiliate links.


Discover More Ways to Learn, Love, and Serve

at Home ... and Beyond

Thoughts ... Insights ... Questions?