I’ve never been one to put a bunch of random inspirational quotes all over my office, locker or dorm, no matter the decade.

I’m a minimalist with a side of cozy, (or coziest with a side of minimal depending on the day) so anything I have up on my walls has to earn its keep.

But over time, I’ve collected a few thoughts that have made a huge difference in helping me know what to focus on. I wrote them on plain white notecards and taped them to my wall.

As I’ve applied these three mantras to my work, I realized they can help in almost every situation in life. Especially when I’m not sure how to figure out my Next Right Thing.

Whether you are living in a fixer upper, facing a big project or figuring out what to cook for dinner, maybe this can help you too:

Do what you know

Use what you have

Finish what you started

For more, listen to this Episode of The Next Right Thing Podcast where my sister Emily (the decision making QUEEN) and I talk about decision making and I share about how the three mantras have helped me stay focused.