One of the best things you can do for yourself as this new year begins is to bring minimalism to your New Year’s Resolutions. Too often, we create a long list of goals we hope to accomplish, only to find ourselves overwhelmed by the length of the list.
If you really want to improve your life, stop trying to do everything at once. Many of the best goals are a little larger, and require a little more work. Instead of making your life busier than it needs to be, thinking about bringing minimalism to your New Year’s Resolutions.
What’s Most Important to You This Year?
First of all, decide what’s most important to you this year. What do you most want to accomplish? Do you want better health? Is it most important to simplify your finances? Perhaps the most important thing you want to do is slow down and have more time for your family.
Take a few minutes and meditate on your life. Think about what you think will make the biggest impact to your well-being this year. What is it that you want most to happen in your life? While you certainly don’t want to neglect everything else in your life, you can choose one important aspect to improve upon. Decide what that aspect is, acknowledging how it will improve your overall quality of life.
Create a Plan to Improve That One Area
Now that you have identified the one area that you want to improve upon, it’s time to create a plan. Chances are that your goal is rather large and sweeping. Better health can’t be accomplished by next month. There are several smaller steps you have to take. You can start out, perhaps, by improving your sleep schedule. Take a month to make gradual adjustments in your sleep schedule until you are getting the rest you need. Next, you can progress to making changes, a little at a time, to your diet. Then you can add exercise.
Tackling a different aspect of your one larger goal each month can help you make gradual changes. Many of us can’t make a big change immediately. It’s too much to handle all at once. But if you take a minimalist approach, moving from one item to the next, and focus on one thing at a time, you are much more likely to succeed. You are less likely to become overwhelmed. Just as multi-tasking can actually reduce your productivity, trying to simultaneously accomplish several goals at once can be counter-productive.
You Have an Entire Year
The whole year is ahead of you, but there is no reason to clutter it up with unimportant goals. Instead, think about what would likely improve your life, and how you can make incremental changes that turn into lifestyle habits that can carry you through for years to come. Once you have improved in one area of life, you can devote the next year to another important aspect of your life that you hope to improve. Over time, you will find increased contentment and satisfaction, and build the life you want to live.