This episode is just for fun, and I enjoyed creating it! I was inspired by this recent ep of The Productive Woman who noticed this trend among some YouTubers and decided it would be fun to do a list of my own. Here we go . . .
1- Control your inputs. I am not sure if I heard this somewhere or made it up, to be honest! But I really do believe in this tenet. Controlling one’s inputs is about setting thoughtful boundaries, both in the digital space and reality. It is why I limit my news consumption and no longer scroll Insta. It is also why I avoid looking at a giant goals list throughout the day!
2- Foundation habits are important. Sleeping. Eating well. Exercise. (The first two on those list I am getting an F on these past few days, but hey – it’s the big picture that counts!). When you cover your foundation habits, everything else is easier. I believe I got this idea directly from Gretchen Rubin.
3- Pay attention to routines. I credit Ashley of Routine & Things for this idea. The things we do every single day (or even most days) are worth paying a lot of attention to.
4- Always write it down. This is all about clearing mental residue AND the sad fact that even when something seems TOTALLY obvious and salient . . . it probably won’t be several hours (or minutes?) later. To me, “write it down” also includes digital capture but only if it’s going somewhere that will assuredly be looked at.
5- People are worth it. No one ever regrets time spent connecting with or helping others. Sometimes this can be hard for those of us (ahem) focused on sticking to schedules and completing goals, but it’s true.
7- Choose kindness + forgiveness (and give people the benefit of the doubt). Just like what we do with our time is a choice, so is deciding whether to hold a grudge vs forgive and move on. Or just choosing to be nice and helpful when we can vs not. Most of us all want the same things.
8- Be grateful + remember your privilege. We all have things to be grateful for and this perspective is important to keep with us always, in good times and bad.
9- Intentionally + strategically set goals — but also keep fluidity in mind and be compassionate with yourself if they end up changing. Allow yourself to dream and scheme and plan, because this will help you make the most of our limited time here (see #6!). But at the same time, remember that your goals are there to serve YOU, not the other way around.
10- Embrace what makes you happy. A beautiful planner. Baby snuggles. Training for races. Playing a complicated tabletop game. Baking the perfect cookie. No shame – take a deep dive into the things you enjoy.
WELL. I really had fun writing those! What would you add?
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