5 awesome ideas to start 2016
I am determined to make 2016 significantly better than last year. Not because 2015 was a bad year, in fact it was amazing: I wrote my first book, I won Small Business Woman of the Year, I worked with some hugely inspiring people, I met my financial goals and I learnt more about what makes me happy. And that’s just a part of my achievements last year.
For 2016 I would like to exceed my expectations. I have come to understand that we can hold back potential because we put limits on what we believe we can have or achieve. So, rather than setting bigger goals, I am going to focus on removing any limitations and allow anything to happen.
Here’s how I have got myself started off on this big audacious desire, I hope these will help / resonate with you too:
- Create a breathtakingly beautiful workplace
Over the break I removed a full wheelie bin of paper and accumulated reference material from my office. Mostly notes for People Power (my upcoming book). All that stuff created clutter and mess. For months walking in to my office felt heavy. I felt overwhelmed every time I looked at the piles that need to be sorted through.
So rather than end up in the same place in 12 months time I decided to treat myself to beautifying my office and have re-organised the way I work. With a line of credit at Kikki-K, books stacked by spine colour (it makes a huge difference) and a new Dymo labeller my office looks like it belongs on the pages of a magazine.
- Get myself organised
This is a bit of an extension on the Dymo labeller use, I decided I need to have a work system that suited me. I never, ever bother to look in a filing cabinet for anything – don’t know why, don’t care. Every year I throw out piles of accumulated “reference material” that was carefully filed in said filing cabinet and promptly forgotten about.
This year I am going to practice and master using technology to organise myself. It’s time to leave ingrained habits behind and use the awesome project management tool that is Trello and use Evernote to store captured images of documents and inspirational things that I come along as I find them.
I’ve re-homed my filing cabinet just in case old habits creep back in. I felt a bit like I’ve stepped in to the 21st century with this move.
- Clean my inbox
Did many of you have a stack of face-book post on your newsfeed just before Christmas and on the Monday after the break from people congratulating themselves for cleaning up their inbox? Every year I promise that I will clean my inbox daily and start the new day with a clean slate. It doesn’t happen but I did one thing that will make huge difference: I unsubscribed ruthlessly.
It wont stop Mr K from Nigeria offering my $60 billion dollars in exchange for my back account details but it will take away the distraction and more importantly the feeling of overwhelm that a full inbox creates – it’s just electronic clutter. I rarely go back into my inbox to find reference material anyway – if I need it I’ll find it.
- Plan some really fabulous downtime
All the work needs a reward – at least that is how I am wired. I put a lot into my work and realised that for me to have real balance I needed to give myself and equally full on break from work. So in 2016 I have planned and booked a bucket list holiday that just thinking about it makes me feel inspired to do more and better work.
I’ve got my countdown calendar happening on the fridge. Instead of the usual last minute planning and stressing because I “need a break” I know that this need of mine is being taken care of and I am freed up to get on and make the money to pay for it!
- Adopt a mantra of relaxed and in control
A few years back I was alerted to the fact that I was a worrier. I am not a sky’s going to fall in type of worrier, just that years of training in risk mitigation had seeped into my everyday thinking. It’s a nasty habit we, as a society, have adopted to overvalue risk mitigation, it takes away our personal power and that sense that what ever happens we will be OK to deal with it.
As you might know I am a big fan of mediation and one of the best ways to clear an overly active mind is to adopt a mantra. The mantra I am using at the moment is breathe in and say to myself “relaxed” breathe out and say to myself “in control”. Especially helpful when stress comes to visit. Worries simply disappear as I am left feeling relaxed and in control.
Happy 2016 – I wish you all as I wish for myself, that your expectations are exceeded.
“We couldn’t possibly know where it would lead, but we knew it had to be done” Betty Friedan