New Year, New You!
Yep, we did it. We wrote the obligatory new year, new you post. C’mon, we’re life coaches — you had to expect it.
We’re six weeks in to 2017, and we want you to have the best. year. ever.
So, we’ve compiled some of our top coaching tips to help you control the chaos and decrease personal stress:
- Create routines
- Tidy up
- Make a list
- Fuck perfectionism
Too many people make life harder than it needs to be. (Don’t do this.)
Elaborate time-management or home organizational systems are ridiculous; by this, we mean they are difficult to maintain and set you up for failure. You do not need to color-code file folders by subject or activities on a calendar by relative. You don’t need one basket for your child’s Bratz dolls and another basket for the Barbie dolls. Bratz and Barbies can be friends — make a home for them in a single basket and be done with it. Too much effort outweighs the benefits. If the way you’ve organized something is too complex or requires too many steps, it will be frustrating to maintain and you won’t do it…which is the opposite of what you want.
Human beings are creatures of habit. Utilize this evolutionary trait to make your life easier. Create a morning or evening routine for shit that happens, you know, routinely. Maybe you supervise homework every night after dinner or update your calendar and to-do list each morning before breakfast. If your mornings are hectic, make sure bags are packed before you go to bed. Pick a morning and an afternoon time when you respond to emails (this also helps with productivity!). Pay your bills at the same time each month. Routines are both practical and time-saving which helps give you a win when it comes to adulting.
Tidy up (not the life-changing magical kind, just the regular kind)
This sounds easy and obvious, but it is actually neither. Establish a spot for all of your stuff, because it’s impossible to put things away if you don’t know where they belong, and then put your stuff there. Make sure the spot is easy, convenient, and has enough space to accommodate the items you want to put there. If your dresser drawers are overflowing or there is no room to hang clothes in your closet, then your clothes don’t get put away. Also, if your filing cabinet is crammed and you can’t fit new papers inside, you’ll be less likely to file. And, don’t set something down temporarily. Take a few extra seconds to put it where it belongs. Every time.
Make a List
Life takes a fair amount of planning. One of the secrets to winning at life is making lists for daily tasks and longer-term projects. If you prefer to write things down, one specific notebook works best because it keeps everything together and allows you to reference old tasks. Avoid using loose sheets of paper that can be lost, and carry the notebook with you. If you use the tasks or notes features on your phone or computer, keep your lists current and consolidate them with your paper lists regularly. Give yourself deadlines if that helps you to complete items.
There is a common belief that all organized people are perfectionists. This is a bunch of malarkey. Productive people realize they can’t possibly do everything perfectly and get everything done. They prioritize tasks, learn where and how to take shortcuts, and understand how to complete tasks quickly. They don’t get mired in projects that will be impossible to finish on time. In other words, they don’t let perfection get in the way of progress.
Purge. Purge. Purge.
Get rid of your physical and emotional baggage. Don’t wait for a free weekend or an upcoming move to get your home in order. Begin now. Intentionally and repeatedly give things away, reevaluate your possessions and stop getting involved in activities that you don’t want to do. Take five minutes each night to clear papers off the kitchen counter or 10 minutes while dinner is cooking to clean out the refrigerator. Sit down and decide where you want to invest your time this year. Start saying ‘no’ to things that don’t serve that purpose. Also, let go of toxic friendships.
As you dig out of the remnants of the holidays and begin to think about how to live more intentionally in 2017, try to make one or two of these strategies your standard practice. If you need some coaching along the way, we’d love to help!
xoxo, Jenn & Meg