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Monday Moment: It’s in the tiny choices

Emma Grey

Last week I gave a ‘crash course’ in work-life balance. If you missed it, you can read it here.

Probably the most challenging paragraph in that article was this one:

This frantic life we’re leading is full of choices. The job that sucks every ounce of energy is a job we applied for. The raft of activities our kids are enrolled in outside school are activities we signed up to.

The committees, the sports coaching, the extra housework, the constant helping of our colleagues and friends to the exclusion of our own priorities—it’s all stuff we said YES to.

This week, I want to share a new, free resource from Audrey and I through My 15 Minutes. It’s called the ‘Momentum Map’.

The idea is that you print it off and use it each Monday to make room for the things that tend not to make it into our diaries and schedules normally.

These are the important actions that are pushed off our list because of the aforementioned ‘yes’ habit. That habit that’s so easy for us to fall into, and that can lead to a rut.

I’ve been there, and I’ve experienced the ‘wake up calls’ that poor attention to well-being can bring. This tool might make it easier to take the steps that keep us safer. It can help pull us further from that brink over which it’s so easy to tumble.

Click here to download your free Momentum Map.

As I write this, my husband is on a plane flying home from work in Italy. His time away has meant I’ve been less able to tap into ‘me time’ outside of the house, which has meant getting creative within my four walls. It’s the simple things that can make a big difference to how we feel. So I:

  • Drove the kids to a gift shop I only ever go to when buying things for others and bought the kind of soap I’d ‘never buy for myself’
  • Dug around in the bathroom vanity for creams and lotions I hadn’t used (and feel so re-hydrated because of it)
  • Lit candles and burned essential oils
  • Drank smoothies out of the good glasses
  • Went to bed an hour or more earlier each night

Do I feel like a new person? Certainly on the way to it.

So, this is going to be a week of saying more YES’s to the little things that make a difference. Sometimes it’s the ‘tiny choices’ that add up to a fresh lease on life.

Want to join me?


Emma Grey

Emma Grey is the Canberra-based author of ‘Wits’ End Before Breakfast! Confessions of a Working Mum’ and ‘Unrequited: Girl Meets Boy Band’. She’s director of the life-balance consultancy, WorkLifeBliss and co-founder of a fresh approach to time-management, My 15 Minutes. She lives just over the ACT border with her two teen daughters and young son. More about the Author