Ever notice that it’s often the little things that either make your day or suck the life out of you? Some things you can’t control, and you have to find ways to reframe how you look at them. But there are other situations and cirumstances over which we do have control.
The next time you encounter a situation or circumstance that bugs or annoys you, think about how it drains your energy. It it happens on a regular basis, think about how many times your energy is drained by this situation or circumstance. In fact, you could begin keeping a list of these annoyances. Jotting them down will create a new level of awareness.
Once you have become aware of these annoyances, it’s time to consider how you can make them go away. For example, I have a burned out light bulb above the mirror in my master bath. I have been looking at that burned out bulb for the past two weeks, and every time I see it, I think to myself, “Oh, I need to replace that bulb.” But I haven’t done it yet. That burned out bulb is a toleration that saps my energy, energy that I could be devoting to something more interesting or important. We all have things that we can correct or create systems around so they don’t continue to annoy us.
Setting up automatic bill pay is another example. Don’t depend on the mail to remind you to pay the bill–set it up so the bill is paid every month without human intervention.
A friend created a system to address her children and their clothing. When her children were growing up, she trained them to change their school clothes and put them into the hamper as one action. You take an article of clothing off and you put it in the hamper. She did not have the problem of bedrooms strewn with clothing because her children learned to do this as one action.
What systems can you put in place to handle tolerations in your life?