It’s the end of March now. What happened to your New Year’s Resolution that you made this year?
Have you kept it? If you did that’s GREAT! You were able to create a new habit that has become a part of your routine.
I’m sure there’s a good portion of you who didn’t tho, right? I’ll be honest…
Me too! So I’m going to ask you something.. Why have you not kept your resolution?
You are too busy, too lazy, you’d much rather do something else, by the time it’s time to do your resolution you’re too tired, you’re overwhelmed, or maybe you’re saying ‘What resolution? I don’t remember a resolution!’
You know what? It’s OKAY!!
I’m one of those that love making lists, resolutions, and setting new goals. I go back to my lists once in a while, and do a little happy dance when I can check off an item. But there’s lists, resolutions and goals that I never get to. Ever. Single. Year. I never get to them. Things I know that it would be awesome if I do it, but I can’t keep my focus, I surf the web for yoga quotes, flip through magazines, or sometimes I’d rather have a beer and chill out.
So I was thinking.. WHY do I can’t I focus? Why do I always waste my time, get sidetracked and end up having a beer at the end of the night? (okay, I have a beer ANYWAY – but that’s not the point :p)
I realized, I’m overwhelmed! And I get overwhelmed pretty easily. I’m one of those that can always use more blank space in my mind, especially when I’m trying to work on something that’s a little harder to do. I love thinking big, and doing awesome things… but I’m also pretty professional about finding new ways to procrastinate. Then I tried this one thing that reaaaally helped me get out of my head. I present to you…
THE STOP DOING LIST!
ANOTHER LIST!!?? Yep, another list. But this time it’s NOT about the things you have to do, but the things you want to STOP doing. Are you overwhelmed? Craving peace? Burnt out? Is your head spinning at a million miles an hour?
Then it is time to slow down. Cut out the distractions. The things you don’t have to do right now. Create more head space.
Here’s my list of things to quit:
1. Checking Social Media before lunch.
2. Don’t hit snooze on the alarm and wake-up! 3. Grocery shopping and cooking multiple times a week.
Although I LOVE to sleep in, my mind is a morning person. I am the most creative and productive in the morning. So by having me NOT hit the snooze button, and staying away from Facebook creates a big time window for me to work on the things that matter to me.
I also love to eat delicious home cooked meals. What I don’t like is thinking about what to cook for dinner before I eat lunch, going to the grocery store every other day, and having huge amounts of dishes to do every night. This becomes harder if I get home a bit later than usual from teaching classes.
If the ingredients magically shows up in my kitchen with a recipe, and the dishes do themselves I will be SUPER HAPPY!
I don’t think technology has caught up with my vision yet… So instead I will create a meal plan for the week, buy all the ingredients in one go, and prepare for a week’s worth of meals in one day. By doing this, I do not have to spend the time and energy each day of the week to have a delicious meal on the table.
I can have more time sitting at my favourite spot in the house and finish that book I started reading two months ago.
By quitting things, space can be created to do the things that matter the most.
How about you? What’s the three things you can stop doing to create more blank space in your mind? Leave a comment below and let me know! I’d love to hear from you.