As we enter a brand new year, we find ourselves bombarded with many ways to achieve our New Year’s resolutions: new ways to organize our homes, our fridges, our schedules, or our goals. As helpful as they might be, my biggest priority this year is to organize those priorities, and I’ve narrowed it down to 4 pieces for true organization and clarity.
My mind is constantly adding to my project and to-do lists - so I need no help from the new year to reflect on goal-setting. But as you’ll see below, these four new ways to organize your life are attainable on any scale, can fit any lifestyle, and have through-the-roof ROI’s (return on investment).
1. Schedule a Recharge
Before you hang up that crispy 2015 calendar, literally schedule time to recharge your mind and body. It could be taking an extra long morning once a month to soak in the tub and meditate. Or finding time every week to sit in peace and quiet with a hot cup of tea and take in the stillness.
It’s also helpful to schedule vacations (whether they be weekend adventures, or week-long stays) months and months ahead of time - especially if you’re like me, and keep saying that you’ll take a vacation in a month or so, but never do. Plan it out ahead of time! AND save on any airline fares for booking so far in advance!
2. Make Time to Learn
Besides staving off dementia and owning the Tuesday night trivia at your local watering hole, learning is full of benefits that influence your communications, skills, health, and confidence. It doesn’t have to be a grandiose gesture of learning Latin in 3 months, but try things that sound like fun to you like cooking, crafting, or reading.
Another tip: try not to put deadlines on your learning. Sometimes you might get sidetracked and refocus to an entirely new subject off one tangent. That’s okay! As long as you’re learning and exercising your brain, you’ll find the rewards of making that time to learn.
3. Compliment Yourself
This might seem like an odd task in the realm of “Organizing Your Life,” but I promise, it does apply. Part of organizing and prioritizing your life is recognizing your own accomplishments. When we sit down after a long day of work, we’d like to think someone will come running to us and say how amazing we are. Sometimes, though, it’s just you. And your cat. And then it’s just you. Find something interesting you did that day: maybe you solved an old problem in a very new way. Maybe you just had a perfect hair day. Congratulate yourself. (And if you have any secrets for a perfect hair day, pass it on!)
4. Be With the People You Love
When it comes down to it, the best way to spend the year is with the people you love. Make time to just be with them: to listen and talk without multi-tasking. It might not always fit our schedule, or it might take a drive, or a Skype call in the wee hours of the night…but just do it. No matter how many obstacles or excuses you can find, the benefits will always outweigh the difficulties getting there.
Here’s to a very happy new year for all of us!