How many times can you say “unprecedented?” Looking back one year ago, we could not have imagined the events that were about to unfold. The life-altering pandemic, political drama, economic inequity, and social unrest left us, understandably, exhausted. Better days are surely ahead, the question is how to keep moving forward productively?
When the thought of doing something different or learning something new is daunting, think small. Breaking down changes into mini or bite-size increments is an easier route to long-term success. Implementing this concept for adjusting to progressive vision loss, or low vision, is tried and true. Let’s explore ways to get things done in minutes instead of hours. Breaking up monotony and boosting efficiency will help restore our sense of stability.
The One Minute Rule
An easy and effective way to keep your home or office in order. Don’t put off anything you can do in 1 minute. Hang up clothes, fold laundry, answer an email or pay a bill. Don’t think too much about it, just do it. It becomes habitual, in a good way.
Ten Minute Rule
Tackle a time-consuming task or project in 10-minute sessions. Organize the kitchen, one drawer, or one cabinet at a time. Clean a closet in small sections.
The pandemic also showed us the essential nature of technology. It would be hard to imagine independence without it. In terms of manageability, micro-learning is the way to go. That means advancing your ability one skill at a time. No need to put that off or wait for it to be developed, it’s already available whenever you want it 24/7 at Hadley.edu and at these Accessibility Support Phone Lines. Devote a few minutes a week to improving your tech ability.
Recharge with a few minutes of exercise several times a day. No need to change your clothes. Can be indoors or out. Grab some weights or exercise bands. Do jumping jacks, squats, or wall push-ups. Put on some music and dance or just run in place. Make it your own or try something like this: The Standing 7- Minute Workout.
Thinking small is actually a better way to get big things done.