2016: Simplify, Streamline, Selfcare

After a very long and productive meeting on Tuesday, Rachel and I established  three key words for the new year.

Simplify, Streamline, Self-care

I have been in an constant state to growth, movement, and just trying to keep up over the past several months and needed to take a moment to assess where I’m at and what the next steps are.  Personally, I think the business will continue to grow and develop without much extra work, which is good because I’ve run out of hours in the day to add new tasks.  That’s not to say that I won’t be working, but that I’m  attempting to not take on anything EXTRA that will distract from the awesome growth that is happening and instead use any additional time I have (outside my normal work load) to focus on enhancing what is working and eliminating or adjusting what is not.

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In 2016, I believe we can ALL benefit from is implementing the words above.  I have decided to adopt these words as not only a work motto but as a personal theme as well.  In the next few posts I’ll share my thoughts on each and the action steps I have to achieve them.

Simplify –

There are a number of things that I either do because I feel like I have to or because I’ve overcomplicated things.   It doesn’t help that I’m also surrounded by so much “stuff” all the time.  The never ending to-do lists and mountains of “stuff” take their toll and easily make me feel overwhelmed.

In 2016, I want to cut some of the “stuff”  from my life.  In “The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up”, Marie Kondo asks readers the challenging question, “Does it spark joy?”  If the answer is no, get rid of it! NOW!  While she may be talking about the clutter in your closet or your home, I like to take this question to a more personal and professional level. Does writing this blog post spark joy?  Does the dress I’m wearing my me feel good? Does checking facebook 67 times a day make me any happier?   Do these 6 items really need to be on my to-do list or is there someone far more capable who can do this in a way that will save me time, energy, and unneeded stress?

These might seem like silly questions, but they are a really good way to reassess what I want and need to make my life as joyful as possible.  By simplifying, I’m going to declutter my life thus creating more time and energy for the things and people I love.

Action steps:

  1. Ask, does it spark joy?  If not, it’s gone!
  2. Delegate, assign, ask for help, hire someone, etc. (You don’t have to do everything yourself)
  3. Eliminate the little to-dos and never-ending list by creating short, actionable goals and objectives that can be achieved within a reasonable time frame.

 

What are your goals for the new year??

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