Happy New Year! :)
I hope you’ve had a wonderful start in the new year and you’re pumped to work towards your big goals and dreams in 2017!
A new year means a new, fresh start. Whatever happened 2016 has happened and there’s nothing you can do about that. But you have the chance to start anew, to get into momentum and get stuff done this year. To be effective. To prioritize and make sure you spend your time on things you want to spend time on. Things that’ll bring you closer to reaching your goal.
As you maybe can tell, I can work pretty hard when I set my mind on something.
Which is great, but the last few years I’ve learned the hard way the importance of recovering. Taking time off. To not always having to be productive.
So, this year, besides my list of goals I also made a list of things I think will give me a better quality of life.
This list is not a list of goals. They are aspirations. Actions I think’ll give me more energy and a more fulfilling life. Some of these I’ll incorporate into my weekly schedule so that I won’t forget about them. Others are more vague, personal development related.
I hope you’ll get some ideas and inspiration from the list. Maybe you can take this list and add/subtract things that could make 2017 to a great year for you.
1. Creative time
Not everyone sees themselves as creative, I know I didn’t see myself as anywhere near being a creative person ten years ago. But I think that being creative is to nurture the soul.
Being creative doesn’t mean you have to paint an oil painting or go to a pottering class, which is what most of us think of when we think about ”being creative”. It can be to work on your bullet journal. It can be to re-decorate a room in your home. It can be to create mood boards of your dream life.
Personally, I’m going to block out time in my calendar every week for creative time.
This is definitely a gift we should give ourselves.
It’s not easy. We love food. We love desserts. We love wine, beer or what-have-you. But we can’t be eating and drinking the good stuff every day. Our bodies aren’t cut out for it.
Sure it’s ok to eat the good stuff from time to time. But it shouldn’t be every day.
This one partly ties in with the ”eat to fuel the body” idea. When we eat what our bodies need (instead of what the mind wants) we’ll automatically get more energy since we give the body what it needs to be running efficiently.
Besides nutrition there are things you can do that’ll bring you energy. It’s different for everyone so you’ll have to think about what that’ll be for you.
Maybe putting on some favorite music and dance for a song or two? Doing a few push-ups?
That would be a high-frequency energy. But there’s also low-frequency energy that’s just as effective and awesome. Things like meditating. Breathing exercises. Going for a walk and get some fresh air.
Make a list of what brings you energy and do your best to incorporate that into your life.
It’s great to have big dreams and it’s even greater when you actually take action to reach your goals!
But, as you probably know, you’re not superwoman (or superman). And if you push yourself all the time you will eventually run out of energy. I learned this the hard way (which, let me tell you, is the bad way).
Trust me when I say, you have to make time for recovery. And when you are in recovery mode don’t think about what you should be, or could be, doing instead! That’s not true recovery. Let it all go for a moment. All the must’s. The should’s. The ought to’s.
We can’t do everything! As you’ve worked to be able to check one task off of your to-do list you’ve probably added a few more tasks during that same time.
The to-do list is never-ending. There’s always more that can be done. More tasks added than we can find time to get done.
You have to prioritize, you just have to.
I’m currently using MITs. That stands for Most Important Tasks, and it means that every morning I set my three MITs of the day. Those are the tasks I need to/want to focus on that day. I really shouldn’t be working on any of my other tasks until these are done. They are the tasks that will move me towards reaching my goals.
Using MITs helps me feel like I’m moving forward. Even though my big to-do list keeps on growing, I know that it doesn’t matter because I get all the important stuff done.
How about you?
I hope this list was useful for you. If you have a similar list or created one now I’d love to know what’s on your list! Leave a comment below or comment on my Instagram.