Although to do lists are a traditional idea, most people still do not do them. I don’t think you should be bogged down by never ending lists, but I do believe they are essential to having a productive day. In business, your mind constantly has a million things running through it. A to do list allows your brain to feel less overwhelmed. On Sunday make a “Master To Do List” for the week. List everything you would like to accomplish in the week to come. Use this list as a reference during the week.
With your “Master To Do List” in hand, you can now prepare every night before bed, or early in the morning. If you are a night person (like me) write your to do list before you go to bed. Write down the top three most important things you have to get done and label them A – B – C. This is what you should focus on above anything else. Nothing should get started before A–B-C are checked off. After your top three things, write down everything else you would like to get done. If you are a morning person, you can write this list as soon as you wake up so you are ready to conquer your day! My brain tends to go into overdrive at night, so I like getting everything down on paper and waking up refreshed knowing I can start my day with a plan.
When running your business, you will feel like a circus juggler managing everything and anything. To do lists are a great way to begin to live an organized life as you climb your way toward success!
The infamous junk drawer! Somehow it ends up in every home, which is why I help my clients learn how to utilize the junk drawer instead of trying to get rid of it all together. Junk drawers get a bad rep because you usually can’t open them, and they become a bottomless pit of junk. Instead, think of this drawer as a useful way to store your miscellaneous items. Here are some tips to make your junk drawer functional:
If you’re discontent and feeling dissatisfied with your life, you’re not alone. Many people experience ebbs and flows throughout their daily routines, but most will shrug off the feelings believing that they will eventually ware off—they do. But unfortunately, unless you get the root of the problem, those feelings are bound to return over and over again.
Try imagining your life as a wheel with several points: organization, spirituality, health, hobbies, goals, relationships and career. In order for the wheel to function properly, each point must be well-maintained. You owe it to yourself and your mental well-being to determine which point or points you feel you’re missing or not focusing on so you are able to better balance your wheel.
For instance, you may be killing it career wise, but that extra time you’ve been putting in at work may mean you have less time for your social life. This imbalance may now have you feeling disconnected from your friends or family and leave you feeling sad or lonely.
By consciously understanding and paying attention to each of the points on your life’s wheel, you can begin to maintain and manage each one to help yourself achieve a more fulfilling and happier life.
Most people don’t enjoy the monotony of cleaning their home or office, but let’s be honest, when things are clean and organized, you feel pretty great, right? Your home is meant to be your sanctuary from the outside world, a place you can be at peace, and there’s nothing peaceful about a messy, disorganized home.
Of course, keeping your home clean and organized is easier said than done as life is busy, but if you set aside some of your free time to organize one section of your home at a time, not only will it make you feel more at peace, it will be easier to keep your home clean.
Whether you practice your spirituality through religion, meditation, or yoga, believing in a higher power allows you to connect with something bigger and greater than yourself. Not only will it help you search for the deeper meanings of life and life’s purpose, it can also create a great source of comfort in times of need.
What I mean by saying “get healthy” is to work on incorporating more fruits and vegetables into your diet and to add more physical activity into your day-to-day life. This doesn’t mean you have to do without snacks, or go on a diet, it simply means finding a balance between your wants and needs.
Whether you like to hike, read, fish, etc. your hobbies are what help to keep you grounded. Unfortunately, whenever life gets busy, hobbies seem to be the first thing that gets pushed to the back burner. And while sometimes pushing off your hobbies may be necessary—especially if you have kids or a grueling work schedule—making a habit of this can cause you to feel burnt out. Don’t forget to make yourself and your happiness a priority.
Get Your Goals Together
If you have something you want to accomplish in your personal life or your career, you have goals. But how are you going about accomplishing said goals? Are you simply telling yourself what you want to achieve and hoping it happens, or are you mapping out the steps necessary to achieve your goals?
For example, if a track runner decides he wants to win the next competition, that’s excellent, but just saying he wants to win isn’t going to be enough, he needs to map out his plan of action. A great way to do this is by setting up 30/60/90 day goals or short/mid/long-terms goals.
In this example, the track runner may decide that his 30 day goal would be to train each day for a set amount of hours. His 60 day goal may be to run a specific distance in a specific amount of time. His 90 day goal, of course, would be to win the competition.
This world can be a lonely place if you don’t have a social network you can confide in and spend time with. And, much like your hobbies, your friends, family, and lover will help to keep you grounded and happy. No matter how busy life gets, never forget to make time for the ones you love and the ones who love you.
Get To Work
I’m sure we’d all prefer sitting on the beach as opposed to sitting at an office desk, but the harsh reality is that we need money to survive in this world, and work takes up the majority of our day-to-day lives, so why not do something you love and enjoy?
If you love your job, that’s great, keep doing your thing. If you hate your job and find yourself miserable every day then it’s time to sit down and really figure out your next move. There is no reason for you to spend 40 hours of your week hating what you do. Find something you’re passionate about and then take the time to pursue it. If you can’t stand your boss—leave. If others in your field are getting higher salaries at another company—switch!
Life is all about balance, and if you want to live your best and happiest life, it’s important to learn how to manage all the different, yet important, aspects of it. So if you’re feeling unhappy, try to figure out which point on the wheel
Feng shui is an ancient Chinese philosophy that focuses on the art of design. The idea is that all things—living or non-living—give off a certain energy, or “chi,” that combine with your own, affecting your thoughts, beliefs, and emotions.
According to this philosophy, to obtain good chi, you want to create an atmosphere that will enhance and allow the energies in your home to flow freely. In order to do that, you’ll focus on color, decor, and furniture placement.
The idea feng shui in your bedroom, for example, is to create a safe place for sleep, rest, intimacy, and the recharging of both the body and the spirit. So how do you create this atmosphere? Here are a few quick tips.
Remove as many of the electronics from your bedroom as you possibly can. Electronics emit electromagnetic energy, which can disrupt your rest, health, and fertility.
Get rid of clutter
Get rid of all the unnecessary clutter you have in your bedroom. By getting rid of that clutter, you’re allowing the energy in your room to flow freely and easily.
Move your bed
Never place your bed directly in line with the door—this is known as the “dead mans position.” It symbolizes the way the dead are carried out of their home—feet first.
Avoid placing the head of your bed against a wall that’s shared with a bathroom.
And, since energy enters and leaves a room through it’s windows, never place the head of your bed against one. If you absolutely have to, make sure you have a solid headboard to block any new energy from rushing over you as you sleep.
Move your furniture
Arrange your room in a way that avoids having the corners of your furniture pointing towards your bed. Corners represent the points of an arrow and are thought to represent “killing” energy.
Remove excess books
Avoid having a large selection of books in your room as they are too stimulating.
Avoid any water features
Having water features in your room, like fish tanks and fountains, are considered to be unlucky and are said to lead to a loss of money.
Pick your linens wisely
Your linens should be a solid color. However, if you prefer patterns, avoid choosing any geometric, or angular designs. These patters are said to derive negative energy and can be disturbing to your rest.
By incorporating feng shui into your home, you are both enhancing and balancing the energies that flow throughout it. It’s said that if you are able to achieve this balance, it will help to foster the improvement of each aspect of your life including, but not limited to, mood, health relationships, and finances.
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Brown, Simon. The Feng Shui Bible: The Definitive Guide to Improving Your Life, Home, Health, and Finances. New York: Sterling, 2005. Print.