New Year Resolution #5:
This series is all about the top New Year Resolutions. One of those is “Get Organized”. Have you ever made this resolution? How did it go? Did you do a “crash & burn” weekend on Jan. 2nd and everything was back to the way it was by Jan. 10th? Try using organization as a tool for whatever change you desire. You may surprise yourself!
Is it really so hard to enjoy life?
All this week, I’m discussing how we can make New Year Resolutions a reality, using organization as a tool. One of the resolutions is “Enjoy Life More”. This means various things to different people. I happen to be in the camp of “bloom where you are planted”. No one’s life is perfection. That’s the way it is. I think life is more about our attitude toward it, and less about what we do in it. It really comes down to being a choice whether we enjoy life. Gratitude for what you have will improve your attitude.
Is there so much in it, that it’s hard to notice the good things?
I’m subject to having too much going on, and too many belongings in my life. I use organization to help me weed it out and keep things under control for my own sanity. I also listen to my inner voice when I know I am reaching a breaking point. I say “no” a lot. I think if we say “no” more than “yes”, our commitments and “yeses” mean more. It’s about being real, recognizing how much we can really handle and staying true to the boundaries we set up. When there’s too much in your life, there’s not a lot of time to stop and enjoy the ride. All you feel is the rush of the wind, and all you see is a blur as you barrel down the road of life at 100 mph.
Packing light for the journey
Peter Walsh spoke at a conference I attended two years ago. He told a compelling story of how organizers work for clients, and what we help them with. Picture yourself on a road, walking, with lots of baggage you must carry yourself. In your mind, take one bag away at a time. How do you feel when your load is lighter? If you’ve ever traveled with a lot of baggage, you know how stressful (and expensive with bag fees) it can be. You’re more focused on all the belongings you have to keep track of and less about the views, people, places and experiences around you on the journey.
Less stuff = more time to enjoy life.
Ready to enjoy life more? Here’s a few tips to get started:
1. Today, pick three things you don’t use, and can pass on to someone else. Make this a regular exercise.
2. Look at your calendar and see if there is anything you can stop doing.
3. Is there something intangible in your life that needs to go? How can you make that happen?
How will you enjoy life more this year?