Oops – maybe I should resolve to not let “Draft” blogs set. I forgot I hadn’t posted this!
Ok, resolutions is probably a bad name. I don’t make “resolutions” anymore. I do spend time to reflecting on last year and decide what baby-steps I want to take to change my habits next year.
As I reflect on the last year, my life has totally changed.
- I am no longer tied to a company job. Wow – that is a big attitude change. It’s been easy since I really haven’t been “working”.
- I became a FlyBaby which had several good changes for me. I have morning and evening routines that keep my home in order. I have routines for cleaning that are pretty optimized so that I don’t ever have to spend all day cleaning; and even my garage stays clean and organized. My desk is much more organized (not perfect) than it used to be. I’m more in touch with our finances. I drink lots of water every day, take my vitamins and floss my teeth. It is amazing how these little things really make a difference.
- We started exercising regularly. Yes, we occasionally take a day off but I love running/walking on the beach 3x a week.
- I’ve started dedicating time each week to reflection. What did I do? Could I have done it differently? Did I let my perfectionism take over too much? How could I have spent my time better?
As I look forward to next year, I am doing a lot of business planning. But I’m looking at it not as “work” vs “other” time but as how I can best use my time while moving my business forward.
So here are some of the things on my list for the year. I’ll focus on one a month and make it a habit. I may adjust them as I go…
- Spend dedicated time building relationships. 1)Building old and existing relationships which are mostly long distance. 2) Meeting new people on Maui.
- I want to “tune” my days to optimize my energy (or lack thereof). I’m often very busy all morning, eat lunch then crash. I have found some ways to avoid this but I need to fine tune a typical day.
- Make habit of turning cell phone on silent/ring/etc as part of my routines.
- Make reflection a daily habit. Here is an idea I am trying. I put together a little email template that I bring up and fill out daily and send it to myself. It takes about 5 minutes to fill out. Here is the template:
|Personal Vitality Meter:||(1-10)|
|What’s adding/sapping your energy?|
|People that I met today:|
|Things I learned today:|
|What am I thankful for today?|
|Other notes/significant accomplishments|
|Did you review your goals?|
|Did you update your plans?|
|Did you visualize achieving your goal?|
|Did you affirm your unique abilities?|