2016 is here. Wow. Where is the time going? In 2015 I made a ton of changes, from starting a new job, to moving into a new home, to adopting another dog, to becoming a yoga instructor. We’ve replaced our roof, settled in and purchased furniture, got solar panels, bought a new car, and learned how to navigate winter in upstate NY (well sort of).
It always surprises me, looking back on the year, everything that I actually do. As my best friend says, we never take on just one thing in our house, we take it all on at once. While we handle that well, I’d like to slow it down a bit this year and just enjoy.
I have three main goals for 2016, they’re a blend of personal and professional. You’ll notice losing weight and getting healthy isn’t on my list. I no longer try to lose weight, I aim for balance. And healthy isn’t a destination, it’s a lifestyle. So given that, here goes…
#1: Stop worrying so much
While all three are important, this is the goal/resolution that will make the biggest impact in my life. I worry about pretty much everything. Here’s a look at my mental monologue:
- Was that the right choice?
- Did I say the right thing?
- How was that interpreted?
- Do I know enough?
- Will this work out?
- Do they like me?
- What does it all mean?
It’s exhausting. And counterproductive. When I worry, I drag my feet and have trouble making decisions. It also stresses me out, makes me tired, and makes me less effective. My goal is to stop worrying and focus on one thing at a time so that it’s not all so overwhelming. As long as I have good intentions when making decisions, then it’s the right one and I don’t have to overthink it to death.
#2: Settle into work
I’m starting to settle into work and find my place already but I’m still the new kid and have a lot to learn, and even more to do. I’m loving it though! I’m being pushed, my opinion is valued, I have ownership over my role, and I really enjoy my coworkers. This year I want to find my groove, watch the small changes add up, and make a real impact in the organization.
#3: Get more organized
I know that if I can get more organized, my quality of life will increase. Plus, I’ll feel like more of a grown up. I was thinking about this the other day and realized that I have the same messy habits I did as a teenager, that’s no good. It’s the one area of my life I’ve never gotten better at. Our house is pretty big and takes forever to clean if it’s not already tidy. This goal would save me time and also give me peace of mind because I wouldn’t always have a mental list a mile long of all of the things that need to get done.
If I can accomplish these three goals this year, I’ll be set up to take on more in 2017. It’s going to be a great year, I can feel it.
What do you hope to accomplish in 2016? Let me know in the comments section below the post!