Happy New Year!
Today is Day 1 of 366 (Don’t forget it is a leap year). Today is the first day that you begin writing the first page of your book for 2016.
Last year posed many challenges for me. After doing such amazing things in 2014 I was set for 2015, but things did not work out as planned. So I am definitely looking forward to this fresh start.
At New Year’s Eve service Pastor Bernard talked about Quality being the word of the year. Quality is setting the new standard of excellence. While that will be my focus as well, but the word that I chose for myself this year is Balance.
This is something that I struggle with often, especially at different parts of the year based on work. With the start of this blog, the business I’m starting, my full-time job, and spending time with my loved ones and friends, in addition to dedicating more time to study the bible and grow closer to God and become physically fit. That’s a lot, but nothing is impossible.
So this year I will strive for more balance so that none of the areas of my life are neglected and I become overworked, overwhelmed, and stressed.
How will I achieve this balance?
Create a schedule. I live by my google calendar at work. I also diligently use my Uncalendar planner. I have to intentionally schedule everything. When people tell me dates for special events I plug them into my phone immediately. If I don’t I won’t remember and I will be struggling to find ways to fit things in my schedule. The schedule will help you determine where your time goes. If you do not tell your time where to go, you won’t wonder where it went. This is the time to be intentional.
Say Yes. After reading Shonda Rhimes Year of Yes. I realized that I say no to a lot of things. I’m busy. I have a difficult job, but so do millions of other people so I need to find time for self-care and leisure. I have to make sure I maintain my relationships with people that I care about and build new relationships with people as well.
Say No. I know I just wrote say yes a few sentences ago, but no is just as important. Say no to things that do not fulfill you, do not help you grow, or do not make you happy. Sometimes you may have some sort of obligation or you are going to support a loved one, but those are exceptions. Time is valuable. Do not, I repeat, do not wait serious time on casual people.
What is your word of the year?