The New Year is coming on fast.
You have limited time to accomplish everything on your to-do list. To add to the stress, you still need to make resolutions for the new year!
While it’s a noble goal to check off all the boxes on your list, how is it making you feel? If you answered stressed, worried, or anxious, then it might be time for a new approach.
Instead of fretting about your endless to-dos, you can spend your time focusing on how to create space for what you want in the new year.
What it means to create space
You may have heard the saying “the universe abhors a vacuum.” So does human nature. When there is a vacuum, we (and the universe) seek for it to be filled.
But if you’re constantly in a state of overwhelm — too much to do, too many distractions, too much stress — you’re not likely to find that space.
If you want new, more fulfilling experiences next year, the first step is start to create space for those new things.
After all, how will you have time to train for a marathon, get a new job, take that big vacation, or find a new relationship if you don’t have time for it in your life?
The new year is the perfect time to hit “reset”
If you wish you had more time to focus on the things that got neglected this year, if you still have dreams and plans still unfinished, that’s OK. Now is the perfect time to hit the “reset” button, clear what needs to be cleared, and start fresh.
The new year is a great time to clear space, both mentally, physically, and emotionally, and make room for the new.
In order to do this, you have to be willing to let go of things and situations that aren’t serving you. Only then can you open up to new possibilities.
5 ways you can create space for what you want see in the new year
1. Create physical space by decluttering your office and your home. When you have more physical space, you are less distracted and preoccupied by the unnecessary. You also create a more pleasant environment in which you can better focus and be productive. In what areas of your life are you trying to bring in something new? If you desire a new project or career, clean up your office. If you want to find a relationship, clear space in your bedroom and home for the presence of another person. Marie Kondo’s book is a great resource to help you get started.
2. Declutter digital space. Get rid of old emails and files that no longer serve a purpose and just take up space. An organized file system and inbox make it easier to find the information you need. Sort through an out of control inbox by using a tool to help. Unroll.me lists everything you are subscribed to and allows you to either unsubscribe or get a daily digest of all of your emails. The Email Game helps you sort through all of the emails in your inbox and take action on each.
3. Create space in your schedule. If you’re always moving from one meeting or event to the next, add some extra time into your schedule. Create buffer room in between appointments so you don’t feel rushed. Take it a step further and build in 30-60 minutes of downtime to completely disconnect from the outside world. You can use this time for meditation, silence, or reflection. Giving yourself time to do nothing can help you better focus when you do return to the tasks at hand.
4. Create mindspace. Do you have a never-ending to-do list running through your head taking up precious time and focus? You can clear this space by getting your thoughts out of your head and onto paper. Morning pages, free writing, or journaling can help with this — especially if you make it a daily practice. You can also keep a small notebook with you at all times, and jot down ideas as they come up. When you can clear repetitive thoughts, you can be more mindful and present.
5. Create emotional space. Let go of emotions, situations, or even people that drain you energetically. Letting go can be painful — even when it’s necessary. Remember that pain is temporary. When you release the things that are no longer serving you, you open up your mind and heart to new possibilities. Even if it hurts to let go, remind yourself that on the other side lies something better for you.
When you clear the clutter, you make more room for what you desire. You also streamline and simplify your life, so your thoughts and energy can focus on what’s most important.
Now that you have a clear heart and mind, what do you want to create in the new year?
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