Well, guys. Week 1 of 2018 has been fairly successful! I wanted to start this year anew. I have always had some semblance of a self-care routine, but this year, it is of utmost importance to me. I am tired of the rat-race, the dispassion for my work life and the detached feelings I have. I want to be present. I want to be in-touch. I want to be remembered as someone who was inspiring to others, who was real and who was present.
Easier said than done.
Step One: Make this year different. Make it happen. Be present. Be a part of my life. Make some changes. Go for what I am passionate about. It has to happen. My life can’t continue to be a to-do list. It. Just. Can’t.
Now, I am not saying that I don’t have a to-do list. I do. It is ME we are talking about. But let us find some balance this year. More mess so we can have more memories. Less self-pressure and more self-grace. More sunshine and less moaning and groaning. These things don’t come without change.
I am taking changes a little at a time, adding them in where I can and establishing a new way of living slowly, so as not to overwhelm myself. The first thing I added was the meditation challenge. It has happened every day this week. For 5 minutes. It seems to work best for me after my work shift, as this is the time of day my brain needs to be reset. However, on my really chaotic days, I do a 5-minute breathing exercise before falling asleep. It’s only 5-minutes! Since I have started this, I do notice that I seem to breathe easier, put less stress on myself and have a better outlook on my day overall. I haven’t seen great leaps of changes, but they are positive enough to continue onward.
The other HUGE change I made was to commit to writing daily. I only do about 1 hour a day. If I have the time, I will write for up to 2 hours, but no more. I usually do this after lunch when I am almost always home and have had a chance to feel productive in other ways earlier in the day. I made a commitment. I want this blog to be something and it will only happen if I put in the work. Fortunately, it’s not really work. I love writing. At an hour each day, I have thus far stayed on track and not felt behind.
I am working on writing out my ideal daily schedule, including the things that are most important to me each day. I think it is important to assess what we would like to happen on a daily basis and what can happen on a daily basis with busy schedules. After that, I prioritize each day. I am trialing the use of Google Keep for this process. I have a running lists of tasks and assign the most important ones to a daily to-do list each week. Unless absolutely necessary, I try to keep tasks to 2-3 each day. I can still make progress without getting overwhelmed.
Setting numerical and time limits for my day is incredibly helpful for my productivity. They allow me to make progress on a project, focusing on only it for a set amount of time, without feeling like I have to complete every project I have before moving on to something else. It has been a great system for me in the past. Right now, I am just trying to polish it.
Spend some time in the coming days- even a few moments a day- writing down what is most important to you. What makes you passionate? How can you incorporate more of that into your daily life? How can you make a change this year that fosters greatness and presence in yourself?