There are times when obvious simple solutions are right in front of me and I totally miss them.
One behavior of mine that I have always struggled to change is my grazing of chips and pretzels. I often munch when I get home, while I prepare dinner and then throughout the evening. A couple of chips here. A pretzel there. Munch. Munch. Munch.
The kitchen is a main thoroughfare in our house. We need to walk through it to get to the computer, the basement and the dining table. I'm constantly walking through there. It's a constant path for the whole family. I've always kept the bags of chips and pretzels on the counter under the microwave. Nearly every time I walk through there, I grab a handful of chips or pretzels.
"It's no big deal," I told myself. "It's only a couple."
But a couple times seven equals a lot of chips!
I began to notice that I was not the only one sticking my hands in the bag of chips. Throughout the evening I would hear the rustling of the bag or I would find the bag sitting on the counter wide open. Other members of the family were picking up on my bad habit.
How was I going to change this?
The answer was so easy and obvious! I simply moved the bag. For the past two weeks the bag of chips has been in an undisclosed location in our kitchen.
Guess what? No one appears to have noticed! No one has asked. No one has looked around. They've just accepted the fact that we have no chips.
Guess what else? I haven't munched either! There must be truth to the old saying - Out of Sight, Out of Mind.
What an easy solution - I simply moved the darn bag!