Every January I choose a word that sets my focus for the next 365 days. This year, the word is SYSTEMS! I was inspired by the idea that systems can Save You Some Time Energy Money or Stress*
Now I’m not exactly known as the most organized, efficient or even rational member of my peer group. I have some really amazing friends in my life (who are laughing right now) that have tried to help me with this over the years. No matter how many new planners I buy, or how many apps I download, I still find myself running around doing things that clog up my brain space. Like spending precious hours searching for a scrap envelope that I wrote that really great idea on. Or trying to remember what kind of apples I like or where I put my shoes. I seem to prefer to do everything in a constant state of panic.
If you are reading this and thinking “Wow, I had no idea. How does she do all the things and NOT have solid systems?” You are so sweet OR you just haven’t spent much time with me yet. The truth is in my life systems have been more of an option than a necessity. Organized was something I aspired to be, but not something that was required for me to reach all my goals. Until now. I am inspired to take command. To focus. To be intentional in every way that matters.
I’m at the point in my life that NOT having systems is stunting my growth. And I don’t know about you but when I’m running around doing things that I know are unnecessary, I get mad. I yell at my family…my dog…the occasional stranger. And I start to beat myself up for not being more like so and so. She always seems to have her poop in a group. Why can’t I manage to get my kids to school on time? Why won’t my ducks get in a row? The self talk turns negative and that is a slippery slope. I don’t want this self manufactured stress in my life anymore and this is the year I fix it.
YES! This is me declaring to the world that I will spend the year creating systems and I will learn to like it! Luckily, I work in a salon full of women who are always giving advice. I am skeptical when I hear their tips for throwing together a meal (it’s so easy, you just….) but I’m going to try it. I may roll my eyes when they tell me how to get my kids out the door on time but I’m committed to planning my day the night before. If all the successful people I know and study have mastered this, it is clear that it is a requirement for high performance. Don’t even get me started on the scary things stress does to your body and mind. I have no choice but to change.
If I want to live an inspired life, I have to make room for it. I promise to share all the things I learn along the way so you can make room for a more inspired life too.
And I challenge all my fellow procrastinating, overbooked, hot mess friends to do it with me. We can’t change our entire life overnight but we can find one thing that will make a difference and work on it today. Those little bits of time add up. And little bits of change add up as well. Save Yourself Some Time Energy Money or Stress. And for all of you that have already mastered this, please share your best advice in the comments. I need all the help I can get!
Here’s to an inspired 2019!
*if you use them. If you buy the fancy planners and then loose them it doesn’t work quite as well.