Angie and I’ve talked a lot about slowing down lately. While we’ve both made attempts at Mindfulness meditation, I’ll admit that I haven’t jumped in with both feet. Case in point, I bought a five-day Mindfulness meditation app … . Three months later, I’ve successfully made it through four of the five days. (Hey, they didn’t say they had to be consecutive!)
I offer this up as an example of how sometimes life is so busy that it overrides our intentions. We may want to try new experiences, explore new ways of thinking or doing, or even incorporate a new habit into our routine. Often, our best dreams and ideas get abandoned because we just can’t seem to find the time to reorganize our lives to accommodate anything new.
I like to think that summer is the perfect time to reprioritize your life and reorganize your schedule. Not only is it the start of a new season, but it’s often the time when we all take a few more breaks and get the chance to catch up and breathe. My commitment is that I’m going to use my summer to do the following:
Sketch out a new 2-3 year plan.
It’s been a while since I’ve refreshed my personal business plan. Angie and I are going to spend time together soon, cast our vision into the future, and create a no-kidding timeline of what we want to do in the next few years to ensure our goals are achieved.
To make way for something new, you have to say goodbye to something old. I don’t know yet what item is going to be on the chopping block, but I can guarantee that I’m going to explore – with diligence – what I can cut to have more time.
Clutter happens – whether it’s on my calendar, in my files, or in my kitchen pantry. De-cluttering can free up some unnecessary and unintended stress in your life. Sometimes stress can be a huge time suck, which is why it’s important to eliminate it.
These sound like simple ideas, yet sometimes the seemingly easiest things are the hardest to do. I’d like to hear your best practices – what steps do you take to slow down? Email them to me at firstname.lastname@example.org.