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Happy New Year! A few weeks ago, I wrote down some goals for 2014:
- Learn to sew (so I can hem my own pants)
- Look for a piano on Craigslist (I took lessons for 13 years and fear I’m back to zero in my skill level)
- Beat my 5K PR (currently 21:22)
And a whole other slew of things. I created the doc with my goals in Google Drive and know I can’t find it. I’m still looking for it just because I hate losing things, but the thing that keeps coming to mind most when I think of what I want to accomplish in 2014 is to simplify.
I’ve always like to create mantras or themes for each year. One year it was “Thou shalt not take shit.” Another year it was “Live in truth.” This year, I’m feeling “Simplify.”
Simplify can be applied to so many things that I want to work on this year:
- Stop multitasking (e.g. reading while brushing my teeth, texting while walking, cleaning while talking on the phone). I want to be present in the current moment and practice mindfulness. And literally the mind can’t do two things at once; studies show multitasking doesn’t work.
- Throw out stuff. I’ve definitely been better at my pack-rat tendencies lately but I have a closet in my house that’s nearing the Monica Gellar secret closet status. I don’t need a lot of things or stuff. I’m working to only buy what I truly need (like new black pumps – I need those; I don’t need purple suede pumps).
- Do more of what brings me happiness and peace. Yoga. Walking Maizey. Reading. FaceTiming with nieces and nephews. Calling friends. Making my home cozy. This does involve “things” but the amount of happiness I got from giving my bedroom a facelift in 2013 was worth every dime. It’s become my favorite spot in my house and it calms me just walking in there.
- Put the phone away. I typically keep my phone on silent but keep it right by me. I’m working on keeping my phone off silent but keeping it away from me. That way, if someone calls or texts, I can hear it. But, I won’t have the constant pull to check it when it’s by my side.
- Be intentional with social media. I like social media (obviously). It’s even part of my day job. I can’t stay away from it. But, I can be more intentional with it and not check it out of habit, out of addiction. Keeping the phone away will help with this. There’s no reason to look at Instagram, Twitter and Facebook as often as I currently do.
- Email on my computer as much as possible. This is part of the phone thing. Staying on top of emails is important for my day job and for blog stuff, but I can be more disciplined in this. Because how often do I check emails without responding because it’s a pain to do so on my phone? A LOT. And then emails sit, unanswered, cluttering up my inbox. Using email on my computer more than on my phone will help me keep the phone away, be more productive, and hopefully lessen the amount of time I spend on email.
That’s what I’ve got so far when I think of simplifying life in 2014. I’m sure I’ll find more ways to apply it. That’s the beauty of a mantra, a theme – it permeates my life (or at least I try to let it!)
Life is too hurried, too busy. I want to slow down and enjoy it more.
How could you simplify? Did you set a mantra or theme for the year?