Welcome 2019

I welcome this year with open arms. I can feel the fingertips of my mind finally grasping the idea of commitment and intention. I will live this year with more intention and I wholeheartedly commit to my goals. I will no longer simply ‘hope for the best’, but instead this year I will operate under the mantra of “If you want it, then go get it”.

In anticipation for this year and to give myself the best chance of success, I spent most of November and December 2018 delving deep to think about what it is that I actually want. I also spent a significant amount of time listening, watching and reading about how other people are setting their goals for the new year, what changes they want to make and how they planned to make these things a reality. It helped open up my mind to what I wanted to do and how I was going to do it.

One of my favourite Youtubers ‘muchelleb‘ had the brilliant idea of focusing on quarterly goals instead of yearly goals to avoid getting overwhelmed. It’s such a simple idea, but in practice it makes everything seem so much more achievable and easier to commit to.

For my first quarter goals I have kept it simple:

  • Eat well
  • Sleep well
  • Exercise
  • No buy

This then expands to:

  • Eat well = eat vegan/keto 3 days a week = 13 weeks x 3 days/wk = 39 days
  • Sleep well = in bed by 10pm every weeknight
  • Exercise = workout/gym 3 times a week = 13 weeks x 3 times/wk = 39 workouts
  • No buy = no new things, only on necessities and replacements

To me having 4 very specific goals which are then broken down to smaller steps makes it significantly easier to remember and for my brain to grasp. Knowing that I only need to do 39 workouts over 3 months is a lot more motivating and a lot more tangible than simply “exercise more”.

I have also finally begun to understand that failure is not an excuse to stop, instead it’s a reason to keep going. Every failure is simply another piece of evidence to show that I was strong enough to have gotten up and tried again.

My Perfect Work Weekday

In my last post, I wrote about how my typical weekday plays out each and everyday. It’s not what I want and it is far, far, far from being perfect. However, I was in Kikki K a few days ago and I saw in one of their inspiration journals a question which asked you to describe your perfect day and what that would look like. So here is my perfect weekday and what it would look like. This is going to be my goal for the new few months until it becomes a habit.

Morning Routine

  • 5:00am – Wakeup and feed cat, make tea, drink tea
  • 5:15am – Stretch/yoga
  • 5:45am – Write at least one paragraph in my journal
  • 6:00am – Shower and get ready for work
  • 6:30am – Get dressed – choose a pre-planned outfit that is clean and already ironed
  • 6:50am – Catch bus to work
  • 7:20am – Get to work

Work Day

  • Check emails and respond to emails
  • Focus on Deep Work for 2 hours
  • Break
  • Focus on Deep Work for 2 hours
  • Lunch
  • Check emails and respond to emails
  • Focus on Deep Work for 1.5 hours
  • Break
  • Focus on Deep Work for 1 hour

After-Work Routine

  • 4:00pm – Walk from work to the gym
  • 4:30pm – Gym for 30-45mins
  • 5:15pm – Walk home from Gym
  • 6:00pm – Hug & feed cat
  • 6:10pm – Shower
  • 6:30pm – Make dinner
  • 7:00pm – Dinner
  • 7:30pm – Do 2 chores
  • 8:00pm – Write blog or journal or learn something
  • 8:30pm – Read for 45mins
  • 9:15pm – Get ready for bed
  • 9:30pm – Go to bed

If I could do the above, I think I would be very satisfied with my day and would feel that I’d achieved what I wanted to achieve. I’m going to ask my manager if I can start and finish an hour earlier (I think he would be ok with it). I find that if I get into the office earlier before everyone else gets there, its a lot easier for me to focus and that focus translates to the rest of the day too, so that overall I have a much more productive day.

Also, at the moment I am reading a book about ‘Deep Work’ by Cal Newport. I often find it hard to concentrate at work and will get sidetracked mid-way through a task, which means I just end up taking a lot longer than necessary to finish projects. I really want to change this so that I am more productive at work.

 

 

 

The Minimalist Side of Maximalism

The people I respect most are not those that are famous or rich, but the people who govern their lives with iron discipline, who chase after their goals with relentless determination and who get what they want through sheer strength of will.

These are the people who live life to the fullest and in my mind also live life in a minimalist way. On the surface it may appear otherwise as they may have an abundance of material possessions and live a maximalist lifestyle, however it is their drive that is minimalistic in nature. Their singular focus in achieving their goals, without distraction, without inefficiency, without the unnecessary, is the embodiment of minimalism.

As Joshua Becker from becomingminimalist.com says, “(Minimalism) is marked by clarity, purpose, and intentionality.” While the concept of minimalism is often applied to a person’s lifestyle and possessions, I believe as the idea of minimalism grows, it will become evident that it exists and can be applied to many facets of life and many different people, even those that by all intents and purposes live a maximalist life.