Remember Tinker Toys? I don’t remember if they were mine or if I borrowed them from my brothers, but I loved Tinker Toys.
I took this picture at The Vermont Country store. See the manual in the picture? Do you go right to the instructions when you need to work on something? Do you jump in and try it out, letting your experience help you figure it out?
New Year’s goals and resolutions – do you jump into the new year with ideas, goals, resolutions or a theme? Or just play and figure it out as you go?
Let’s look around the toy store a bit together.
elow, I’ve excerpted a few of my favorite articles deciding on how to focus your year. You won’t read here any of the traditional means, which is exactly why they are listed. Each is quite different and a quick, but meaningful read.
In my business of organizing and coaching for organizing, people find out a lot about themselves. How to get started. How to get through the overwhelm. How to stay with it and hold yourself accountable. How to finish.And how to have fun, not deprive yourself, and get excited over your results.
All life skills. Not only for organizing your time, your stuff or your life.
See how important Tinker Toys have become?
You’ve probably seen the “wheel of life” or the “pillars of life,” where someone’s drawn a picture and labelled all the pillars or parts of the wheel for you: career, family, money, etc. And then you decide how satisfied you are, typically on a scale of 1-10.
The twist – and this was so empowering and gratifying (even fun) – is that she had me name the pieces and parts of my life. So my own ways to describe my life.
And then she suggested several different ways I could assess each aspect of my life. So here again, it’s my life and I choose the assessment tool or create something that resonates for me. The closing question she left me with was how to keep all of this in front of me, in the forefront of my mind, close by so I had some focus. That’s a story for another article.
Here’s an excerpt of one of the questions: “What will bring more peace into my life? Deep peace comes when you are in harmony with your essence. If you find yourself in conflict, whether in relationships or at work, how can you bring more of your essence, the part of you that is radiant and loving, to help ease the conflict? What is in your power to change that will bring you more peace? From Levi Ben-Shmuel via The Huffington Post to read more of the questions. I’d suggest choosing one or two to focus on. Or choose one per quarter. But narrow it down so you can focus and feel great about your efforts and results.
A one page view of your whole life
From Chris Brogan’s business blog (one of several he authors): Where he suggests we begin by separating our roles in life. Then write down the best possible outcome for that role. And after doing more work, he suggests we throw out some of what we’ve just done — so we can focus. Read more in the link if this approach appeals to you.
Three approaches … and as I did, how can you tailor your own approach ?
p.s. a reminder of a longer post you may have missed or want to reread: my interview with Barbara J. Winter, on devising a “version of your life” each year.