How do you feel this time of year after putting away Christmas decorations, hanging a new calendar, knowing you have just completed the Herculean task of Holiday Management? I love sitting in my house, holiday adornments packed in the attic, dried tree needles and poinsettia leaves swept away, and the quiet winter cold telling me its okay to stay put in front of the fire and read a book.
The first week in January makes me giddy with possibilities. I don’t make resolutions anymore; they imply doing the impossible. I’m beyond thinking the popping of the champagne and hugging my loved ones can somehow motivate me to drop 5+ pounds. But I do love the feeling that the ultimate annual do-list is complete and now I can focus on what I like to do with my spare and not-so-spare time.
What about you? Do you get motivated to clean out closets or organize your photos once and for all? Do you think, this would be the perfect time to start that new indoor project, like taking up needlepoint
or learning to bake bread? Perhaps you reflect on the joyous Christmas we just experienced and ponder how to do everything you want to do, only more efficiently so that you have more time to stop and smell the gingerbread?
Although the other seasons offer far more sensational activities and rituals that enrich our lives,
Historic Garden Week in April
Fourth of July parade
the winter months allow me to recharge and start anew, though I’ve not always felt this way. When my children were itty bitties, the shorter, colder days seemed an endless series of time-outs, mitten-hunting and crafts, waiting for LDB to come home and provide reinforcement. I couldn’t wait for the warm weather to arrive to shoo the chilluns out the back door.
Being a classic Capricorn, I am prone to planning and organizing. I’d be disingenuous if I didn’t admit to making a list of goals for 2015 while sitting by the fire. After considerable reflection, I figured out what I wanted to improve in my life most: how I spend my time.
Wasting time causes me the most anxiety, frustration and anger. You know, shopping for a particular item at the last minute, searching for a photograph (occupational hazard) or anything else, slogging through emails, putting together a hasty dinner. So this year I’m going to experiment with better time management (that sounds like a professional workshop I attended in the 1980’s) and be more intentional with my time. Cleaning up my physical and digital worlds is essential to control my time so I can spend it in more productive ways, so to start I need to:
Δ Organize my hard-copy and digital photos. You can bet this will be fodder for a future post.
Δ Manage email better. Ruthlessly delete old emails, unsubscribe to unwanted invaders, and devise a discipline to maintain order. I feel like a sheriff in an outlaw territory!
Δ Become less attached to things; stop thinking I might use them down the road. That’s a tall order for the practical soul that I am. So yes, closets, drawers and other nooks and crannies must be purged.
I chose the Δ bullet point symbol to represent change, like it is used in mathematics. All of the above will require me to change up my old habits in order to realize my goal of improved time management, but I’d rather spend my time
celebrating inspired living with practical style
Cheers to a Fresh Start!
January 5, 2015