Action #24 Downsize, Donate, Delete

yellow circle with the words keep it simple in the middle

My daughter went to Uganda a couple of months ago and she came home with a new perspective on life that filtered down to me. Basically, we both realized that a lot of what we own and much of what we do is unnecessary fluff.

Part of my goal in these 31 days of getting it done is to reduce the amount of things I need to do. That means I’ll have less to take care of and more time to devote to what really matters.

This is what I’ve done thus far:

Downsizing- I want to move to a smaller house so little by little I’m paring us back to basics. Today I did something huge. I went through the volumes of unpublished writing and notes in my office and made decisions about what to do with it.

I decided that much of these words will become articles and blog posts instead of books. That was a huge milestone for me. And I can’t begin to tell you how freeing it was to simply throw the idea of writing a bunch of books right off my back! Anybody need an article writer?

Donating- My son conveniently moved out of the house during this 31 days series so I was able to donate quite a lot of things to his new home. I also make regular donations to Goodwill and other charities. I’m really tired of shuffling stuff and just want it gone!

Deleting- Several times this month I’ve cleaned out my various inboxes, unsubscribed to numerous mailings, and I’m continuing to simplify and focus on a few things I really want to read.

What about you? What you can you downsize, donate, or delete?


Writing Prompt: Write a list of things you can downsize, donate, and delete and start crossing things off as you do them.


31 Days of Getting It Done!


Action #23 Stick with It

wooden trail going through grasslands and forest  and a word on the trail says continue

Anybody else getting tired of getting it done?

This has been a pretty exhausting month for me, but this has also been a month of great blessing and I can’t wait to share some of those blessings with you on the last day.

It really does pay to get focused and simply get stuff done.

I’m not the queen of stick-to-it-ness. Usually, I have ideas flowing so fast and freely in my mind that I’ve barely started one thing before I’m off to the next.

This month has been different.

I’ve learned the blessing of staying with something and seeing it through.

That is a lesson I’ll take with me even after the 31st day.

Today let’s determine to continue,

To stay the course,

To stick with it.

Here are some encouraging scriptures to meditate on as we continue marching forth:

“Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.” Galatians 6:9 (NIV)

“All hard work brings a profit, but mere talk leads only to poverty.” Proverbs 14:23 (NIV)

“Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ  you are serving.” Colossians 3:23-24 (NIV)

“The Lord will send a blessing on your barns and on everything you put your hand to. The Lord your God will bless you in the land he is giving you.” Deuteronomy 28:8 (NIV)


Writing Prompt: Continue writing something you’ve already started.

31 Days of Getting It Done!


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