On the first Monday of every month, we take on a ‘mission’ – a shift or habit or inspiration – to work on together. There’s strength (and support) in numbers! On the last Thursday of the month, we reconvene to see how far we’ve come.
Okay, so YES, we’re already one week in to November . . . BUT, it only takes 21 days to form a new habit. Which means . . . we can still do this. You with me?!
This month’s mission is actually very straightforward. It’s something that I should already be doing, and most likely you feel the same way. It causes me a ridiculous amount of stress, on a regular basis, all the time. And yet, it really should be NO BIG DEAL.
I’m talking about: the inbox.
Oh yeah. That beast. The “oh-I’ll-just-get-to-that-later” that somehow turns into dozens of unanswered emails looming like a dark cloud over your shoulder. Forever unsettled. Never caught up. *shiver* Oooooh, I hate that.
So I’m finally going to do something about it. From now on, I answer email same-day. AT LEAST a quick response to touch base, with a promise to follow-up later. My goal: I don’t go to bed until the inbox is clean.
So far, so good. I’m also working on a ridiculous backlog of emails right now, but this mission is just in regards to *new* mail. And yeah – so far, so good. And it feels goooood.
So what about you, dear friends? Do you accept this mission? If you already keep a clean inbox, is there some other area that you could be better about staying on top of? Like watering the plants/sweeping the floors/putting laundry away/etc? If there’s anything that seems like it should be small, but due to negligence, becomes a huge point of stress, then THAT’S what this mission is about.
As an aside, for the next 6 weeks I will be taking an online course with The Institute For Humane Education, called Raising A Humane Child. Today is the very first day of class (!!!), and I can’t tell you how thrilled I am. I feel like this will be an amazing resource for me, as both a parent and a person. I wasn’t planning on talking about the class until it was completed, but I’m just too excited! All you parents should totally check out the organization, because they are doing spectacular things. As for me, I’ll let you know how it goes . . .