Slower living, Small steps to try

Tracking progress

Small intentional steps can add up to big changes. But, in my experience, we don’t always realise how far we have come, because we can’t always remember where we started. Seeing progress, for me, is a great motivator. It’s especially satisfying to realise that we have formed a new (positive) habit - something that we don’t even have to think about anymore - like bringing a keep cup, saying no to sugary sodas, avoiding impulse shopping or automatically looking for products with less packaging at the shops.

Try it: What (small) goal or change do you want to achieve? Find a way to track your progress towards the goal over 30 days and see if it helps keep you on track!

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Less things, Small steps to try

Decluttering our wallets

What is in your wallet? If you are anything like me about one year ago, it's full of membership cards, receipts, handwritten lists and notes and small coins... and hopefully also the things you actually use daily, like money and/or bank cards! My wallet was heavy, both physically and mentally, because every time I would get it out I was reminded that I should clean it out and 'get organised'. So I decided to get a smaller wallet, and to review what I really needed to keep on me in physical form all the time.

Try it: Take a few minutes to go through your wallet and clean out anything you don't need. Could you carry less around than you do right now? 

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Less things, Small steps to try

Do you really need it?

I have been doing my very best to be intentional about what I buy lately, and have been implementing some key steps in that process. Do I really need it, and did I need it yesterday (or the day before that)? Does it fit in my closet, or in a cupboard? Is it going to take up my precious time without at the same time adding value?

Try it: Develop your own "do I need it?" flow chart, on paper or just in your mind. Next time you find yourself thinking, "I really need...", apply your questions and see if you really do need it.

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