I know, I know: this small-things-every-day idea comes up over and over again in this blog because I struggle with it so much. I devoted a whole chapter in my book to the idea of “the power of small things.” (Read that chapter here.) Becoming more aware of how counterproductive it is to let things pile up has helped me to improve my consistency even as I experience the boredom of putting things away, making the bed, wiping down the bathroom counter, etc., etc. It’s a total drag, but the results are great. In fact—stop me if you’ve heard this before—it has struck
. . . matter more than the big things that you do once in awhile. I write about this principle in the chapter on, surprisingly, “The Big Effect of Small Actions.” Read that sample chapter here. The picture is a good illustration of this principle. It’s a shot of a plant called a “four o’clock,” something that gives you big return on a small investment, namely a seed. My mother used to grow these plants because she didn’t have much money. I’ve grown them several times but never liked the colors much. Last year I found a new variety, “Sunset Salmon,” from Park Seed, and they were just spectacular. We came home from our vacation to find them loaded with blossoms.