As we move forward in our baby steps in 2017, what happens when those steps lead us to a big change in our lives that we didn’t expect? We already have a full and packed life, how is it possible to add more? How is it possible to adjust? How is it possible to make this new, important change a reality in our lives?
I am asking myself the same question at this very moment in my life. I have shared with all of you that I was not sure where my baby steps are going to lead me this year and, I have found that to be an understatement. As I have taken one step at a time, I have come to the realization that in addition to my Life Coaching and writing, it is time for me to step back out into working full-time outside of my home. I have made this decision for many amazing reasons, and I wish I could share them all with you, but in order to keep this post to a manageable length, I am going to stay focus on the topic at hand. How in the world am I going to do it all? How am I going to fit this new amazing thing into an already full life?
Over the past few weeks since I made the decision to work outside of my home again, I have been asking myself that very question and have started the process of making some adjustments. I hope you will find these beneficial to you if your baby steps have led to what may feel like a new larger than life adventure in your life. Here are some things I have been trying out and working through.
- I have reconnected with the things that are most important in my life and recommitted myself to those things. There are many “good” things that we can fill our lives with. But what are the BEST things? We only have 24 hours in a day and we need to rest at some point, right? How are we going to spend our time? Above everything else, I want to give my best to those people and things that are most important to me. I want to be intentional about giving them my best and not just my left overs.
An added note; make sure that the new addition or change that you are making in your life falls in line with what is most important to you. When I decided to go back to work full-time outside of my home, I had a number of close friends and accountability partners ask me some really hard questions to make sure I was going back to work for the right reasons. Make sure it lines up with what is most important to you.
- I have cut out the non-essential things, at least for now. I can always add them back in later. Remember those “good” things I mentioned above? This is the category for them. They are wonderful things, but in order to keep my most important things a priority, I have to cut some of the “good” things. An example of this for me is my formal training for a triathlon. I mentioned in a previous post that I am not going to reach my initial goal for participating in a triathlon, but I still aspire to complete one. I love to bike, I love to swim, and I am trying to learn to love to run, but I cannot prioritize a formal training program at this time. It’s a good thing but not essential right now.
- I have started to create systems that will help me as more duties are added to my plate. As I get busier and busier, I do not want to allow important things to fall to the wayside. One simple example is I want to make sure that I continue to take my nutrition supplements and not allow that to slip. What I have done, therefore, is utilize a different system/pill organizer so that I can easily bring my supplements with me wherever I go during my busy day. This is one small example, but I have been asking myself what simple systems can I put in place that will help me perform those tasks that are important to me.
- I am finding ways that I can be more efficient. HUGE CAUTION! Today I am going to share something with you that I have not shared with you before. Articles and books on efficiency and productivity anger me! There! I got that off my chest! Now let me explain. The reason I do not like the subject of being more efficient or more productive is because the goal of most of them is for you to create more “space” in your day so that you can fill it with more stuff/work. Do more, get more done, produce more, go, go, go, never stop! My goal in life, and reason for becoming more efficient, is to add more space in my live for what is most important, for the BEST things. Not for the sake of cramming more in.
With that focus in mind, there are many great resources out there that can help us make simple changes to be more efficient. One little one that I have reinstituted this week is the “one touch” method. The concept is that when we “touch” things multiple times it takes more time. The one area I implement this concept is with snail mail. I used to bring it in the house and lay it down, later I would sort out the junk and put it in the recycle bin, make a pile for things that needed to be shredded and another pile for important mail. Then later I would shred that pile. Then later I would bring the important papers back to my office. Then even later, I would deal with those papers. With the “one touch” method I bring the mail in from the box, immediately throw the junk in the recycle bin, open and shred what needs to be shredded and I walk the important stuff back to my office. It took me a few minutes more, but it is done and I no longer have the looming pile of mail on the counter. These small areas of efficiency will add up and bring more space in our lives for more important things.
- I have learned to continue to take a deep breath, relax my shoulders and given myself some grace. This past week I have found myself all ramped up trying to do all of the above. I realized I need to chill, do what I can, but at the end of the day realize that my “To Do” list will be there tomorrow and that’s ok. Let’s give ourselves some love and grace knowing we are doing great and amazing things. Tomorrow is another day to live our best again!
I would love to hear how your baby steps are going and where they are taking you this year. Feel free to reply below, we all would love to hear from you!
Here’s to tackling the big changes in our lives with love, grace and yes, even some efficiency!