The Daily Ordinary Thing

by Jennifer Miller on September 10, 2009

in Learning, Personal Effectiveness

In her 30 Day Blogging Challenge Sandra Martini asserts that to move your business forward, you have to “get in the habit of doing one ordinary thing each and every day.”  Well, that seems simple.  Or is it?  The online Merriam-Webster’s definition of “ordinary” is the regular or customary condition or course of things.  So do you think that doing something regular or customary each day will bring you different results? As it relates to blogging, Sandy thinks so.  She says that by blogging each day— the effort will compound, much like an interest-bearing savings account.

I’m eager to try.  The effort is minimal—I’ve wanted to post more blogs and a bit of a contest is just the push to get me going.  Even if the “interest” accrued is as paltry as my current savings account, it’s still more than I would have had if the money was stuffed under my mattress.

So now, I offer the same challenge to you:  what one ordinary “thing” could you pluck out of your daily life to commit to for the next 30 days?  What one seemingly mundane activity could you do faithfully for the next 30 days that will, when compounded, have positive results?

Some ideas:

  • Drink more water.
  • Take the stairs instead of the elevator.
  • Say “I appreciate you” to an important person in your life.
  • Smile at a stranger.

I’ve picked my One Thing. Now it’s your turn. Chime in.  Let’s build the list.

{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

Lisa Rosendahl September 10, 2009 at 2:29 pm

Not sure you can get any more ordinary than this but I will wash my face every night – no ifs, ands, or buts about it 🙂

Jon Lime September 10, 2009 at 6:42 pm

Writing daily for as little as 15 minutes – the “Morning Pages” Julia Cameron writes about in her book, “The Artist’s Way” – so that it becomes an ordinary part of my day.

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