2016 was one hell of a year, let’s not sugar coat it. In fact, it was such a chaotic year that even Kanye West, the king of the limelight, had to step back and take a break. Now that we’re in a new year we have to ask ourselves what are somethings we should change and really focus on? Instead of the typical “I want to lose weight” or “save money” resolutions, I decided to mentioned three simple things that really worked for me last year that I will continue to keep in practice for 2017. I hope some if not all of these lessons will bring value to you.
Scheduling Quiet Time for Yourself
If you would had asked me if I could spare 20 minutes for mediation last year I probably would have said hell no. Sitting still with no internet, or phone or interaction for a whole 20 minutes seems almost impossible. But, little did I know it was one of the best things I incorporated in my daily routine this year. If I had to sum up why mediation for me is so powerful it’s because it allowed me to disconnect.
Literally for 20 minutes your eyes are free from starring at a screen and your body is in a relaxed state. As life gets busy and we start/end new things we need time to debrief about what just happened, how we feel and just sit alone with our thoughts. Most people rely on sleep to do this but instead these thoughts actually disrupt our sleep which can lead to other awful side effects. Much like how we schedule time to eat, work-out and relax we also have to schedule time to disconnect and check in with ourselves daily. You’ll be surprised how 20 minutes can really add value and peace to your life.
Minimize Your Workspace
People, things and thoughts can all cause clutter in our lives in some shape or form. The thought of living in a clutter space can literally drain your energy and spill over in other areas of life if we aren’t careful. The biggest misconception about minimalism is that you have to get rid of all your earthly belongs in order to be happy. I’m sorry to report that that’s far from the truth.
The concept behind minimalism is simply getting rid of things that don’t add value to your life, so minimalism can look vastly different for everyone. I actually tried this concept this year when it came to my closet by getting rid of a lot of pieces that I hardly wore. Cleaning and downsizing my closet to the bare essentials has saved me such much time getting ready in the morning and made re-evaluate what I really deem as essential. To get a better understanding on how living minimal can add value to your life listen to this podcast episode featuring minimalist Joshua Fields with Lewis Howes as he talks about his personal journey on becoming a minimalist.
Treat Yourself More Often
This is a concept that most people won’t have a problem with and that’s treating yourself more often. Every day we wake up, sit in traffic and work hard only to get rewarded with bills and frustration later. So, why not treat yourself to the little things in life that will add value and make your life more enjoyable?
Most of the time when we envision treating ourselves we picture lavish vacation trips, a new wardrobe or even a new sets of wheels but I’m here to let you know that treating yourself to little things can give you the same satisfaction. For me buying a good album, book or even treating myself to my favorite brunch spot once a month has made me appreciate the little things even more. At the end of the day we are here to find or create a career we love but life is so much more than just paying bills and dying. So once a month reward yourself for the hard work you put fourth day in and day out. Otherwise, you will feel like you’re working for nothing and truth is you’ll be right.
I hope these life lessons can you help you on your journey in this new year as you move into uncharted territory. This year make mistakes, save money when you can and always buy A Tribe Called Quest album whenever they release music. Cause life is too short.