Sometimes the difference between living a life with intention and one without intention is the difference between re-filling the ice cube tray with water after it’s empty or putting it directly back into the freezer.
Sound strange? Stick with me.
I hate to admit it, but sometimes when I use ice cubes for ice tea or wine (lame, I know – but it’s great in the summer), I will return the tray back into the freezer without re-filling it with water. Which means that hours later, I’m stuck filling the tray with water and drinking lukewarm tea.
If I just fill the tray each time that it’s empty, I will consistently be stocked with fresh ice and cool drinks.
This is true for so many areas of my life. For example,
If I just wake up when the alarm goes off and start reading right away, even when I’m tired, I’ll accomplish my daily intention to read for 20 minutes without having to worry about making time later when things get hectic. [Intellectual Life]
If I just bring a snack to long meetings, I won’t be tempted to dive head first into Forever Yogurt cheesecake bites on the way home. [Financial Life and Health & Fitness]
If I just get the mail and immediately go through it, I won’t be annoyed by the pile of envelopes and mailers sitting on my kitchen counter. [Career Life]
If I get a text and answer it when I read it, I won’t forget about it and end up responding two days later. [Social Life]
Not that these things are specifically a big deal to most people, but to me, they are all tiny little habits that when properly executed, help me function in my life according to many of my larger intentions. When I do these mini habits consistently, I reduce the amount that I annoy myself and leave room to focus on bigger life changes.
Sometimes life just clicks when there is fresh ice in the freezer.