Did you set a resolution last year that fell by the wayside and so you never completed that goal? How many years have you set that resolution? If you’ve carried a resolution over from one year to the next (to the next?), instead of automatically adding it to this year’s to-do list, consider if you are really meant to attain this goal.
You may truly wish for the results, but unless you plan and schedule the steps necessary to reach this goal, it will remain a frustrated dream.
Either give yourself a kindness and remove the goal from this year’s list of resolutions (which doesn’t mean that you can’t work on the goal starting in March or June if you realize that you have the time and energy for it then) or sit down and take the time to list the steps you need to take to make this the year you accomplish your goal.
Interpret this day’s task as you wish. Maybe you’ll clear out some of the pens in your crammed-full desk organizer. Maybe you’ll simplify your errands by buying your shampoo at the grocery store instead of making a separate trip to the pharmacy. Maybe you’ll simplify how you accessorize your outfit.
As you go through your day, consider, “how can I simplify what I’m doing by skipping an unnecessary step or eliminating a task in its entirety?”
November 29th's book giveaway is Marie Kondo's Spark Joy. To enter, let me know in the comments below. I'll pull the winner's name 11/30.
Today or on some upcoming day, release your need to do a task perfectly. Does dinner end up a little overdone … or is your presentation a bit wonky? When you styled your hair, was there a section of hair that refused to fall in the direction you wanted? For one small task or situation, relax your expectations, even a bit, and realize that probably no one else noticed what bothered you.
Wanna win a book? In the comments below, let me know that you're in. Today's giveaway is It's All Too Much: An Easy Plan for Living a Richer Life with Less Stuff by Peter Walsh. I'll pull the winner's name on November 10, 2018.
You know that thing you’ve been putting off even though you know it will take you all of 10-or-15-minutes to do? Yeah, that one. Do it. Make the appointment for your physical or dental cleaning or schedule a pick-up with a local charity that will come to your front door and take away bags of items you want to donate. Send a thank you note, sort through that bin of random stuff.
Check off at least one thing on your to-do list that you’ve been procrastinating about for months.
Susan Caplan McCarthy
I'm Susan, a writer and teacher developing a second career as a Decluttering Coach.