Sorting Out What Really Matters

We all only get 24 hours in each day. Most of us are so busy just living our lives — going to work, running errands, paying the bills, making dinner, mowing the lawn — that we don’t get the opportunity to figure out what truly matters to us and what we really want to do with our time. Our lives often seem to be dictated by outside forces and obligations, rather than by our own conscious choices.

Before I committed myself to writing a blog post every day this month, I read a post by James Clear that really made me think about my priorities and how to organize my time to better reflect them. “What are the core values that drive my life?” As I thought about this question, I realized that one of my professed core values — creativity — was sadly underrepresented in how I spend my time. I quickly set out to change that.

Another resource I always turn to for guidance in addressing these “big picture” questions is Leo Babauta’s Zen Habits blog. One post I found particularly helpful was “The Anti-Bucket List,” where he reminds us that “we can do meaningful work, right where we are.” And “if you don’t know what’s meaningful to you … isn’t that what you should be pursuing instead of a bucket list?”

So think about it. What really matters to you? And how are you going to incorporate those values into your daily life? Write your list, and revisit it often to add, subtract, and see if you’re still on track.

~PEACE~

Friday Favorites: Zen Habits

Friday Favorites: Zen Habits

If, like me, you’re looking for a little inspiration and guidance as you set your goals and make your resolutions for the New Year, you need to familiarize yourself with Leo Babauta’s Zen Habits blog. Here, you’ll find a wealth of information on everything from mindfulness and motivation to self-discipline and simplicity.

Babauta never fails to inspire me with his clear and honest writing style, and his practical approach to, well, just about everything. Regular topics include:

  • Getting organized and dealing with clutter.
  • Starting and maintaining healthy diet and exercise habits.
  • Setting priorities.
  • Managing your finances.
  • Slowing down and simply enjoying LIFE.

If your New Year’s resolutions include any of the above, Zen Habits will help you stay motivated and focused on what’s really important: making 2014 your best year ever!

~PEACE~