How is 2015 going for you so far? My hope is that each and every one of you are making the most of this year just past the halfway mark! Is it just me or does each year seem to fly by even faster than the last? It’s a little past the mid year mark but I still want to share my resolutions for the rest of the year. Life is about continual learning and there is always room for improvement whether big or small but the key thing is being honest with yourself upon reflection.
Right now there are 3 areas that I am focused on in terms of my own personal growth and development.
- Effective Time Management
Most of us struggle in this area including myself. Do you ever feel like at the end of your day that even though you were busy for hours that you have little to show for it? I’m not talking about doing simple daily activities or just being busy at your job. My question is, how valuable was each day to you and are you making progress with your “big picture” goals? What did you really get out of it?
Establishing a daily routine to achieve one’s ultimate goals & happiness is essential. Set up a personal schedule – be specific about how and what you spend your time on each day and then periodically measure how you did versus what you set out to get done.
- Declutter / Simplify
Simplifying life starts with getting rid of distractions. Distractions to me now are the “things” that no longer have any value. They might include unnecessary material possessions or desires but also time wasting habits such as TV watching, internet & social media browsing and the list goes on.
By decluttering these things (either in a physical or mental sense) it will certainly help divert my attention back on more important tasks that are truly value added.
- Learn Something New
There seems to be so much to learn that even the most aspirational person would have difficulty fitting it all in within a lifetime. Learning never stops. One of the things I continue to enjoy learning is anything that relates to creativity.
I’m going to take a few photography sessions before the year ends. I love being out in nature and capturing certain moments as things happen in real time with my camera. Learning basic camera skills will benefit my work as well so it’s a win-win really.
I must say however that all of the above mentioned are essentially meaningless unless I follow them almost religiously. I must push myself each & everyday. As the saying goes – compare yourself only to who you were yesterday. Be your own competition. Hope this can motivate you to reach your goals & dreams.