What do you love to do? What are your interests and hobbies? What keeps you up late at night and gets you out of bed in the morning? If you are unsure or just need some direction, then you may love this exercise.
Take a big piece of paper and some colorful markers. Write your name in the middle and put a big circle around it. Next draw lines coming out of circle in all directions, at least 5 or 6. At the end of each line, write down some of the things you love or categories of things you love. For example, you may love nature, or creating art, or exercising.
Create a web by continuing to extend lines from each category you wrote down. Write words that relate to each of these subcategories. For example, if you wrote nature, then your extending words might include hiking, trees, plants, or garden. Each word will inspire other connecting words so continue to write until you can’t think of any other words.
This web will give you a clear picture of all the things you love and how those things connect to one another. I like to highlight the most important words so they stand out.
This exercise really helped me to understand how my interests could work together in creating the life I love. It revealed my passions and gave me a sense of direction. Try it and see what you discover!
A wise person once said, “If you aim at nothing, you will hit it every time!”
Imagine yourself in the woods with a bow and arrow and shooting randomly in the air. Without a focus on a specific target, how would you know if you hit it? How would you know if you are any good at handling the bow if you are not hitting any target with purpose?
Some people live their lives this way, waking up each day and just doing whatever they happen to do. We have two choices when it comes to living our life: one, let it happen or two, make it happen.
Letting your life happen means you wake up each day, not sure what you will do. You might have an appointment, the house is messy, and you really need groceries. But then the day starts and because you let things happen as they may, you’re late for your appointment because the phone kept ringing. The house never got cleaned and while you were out you could have stopped for groceries but you have no idea what you need. Oh well, maybe you will do it tomorrow.
However, if you want to make your life happen, you are living with purpose. You wake up with a plan or in simple terms, a to-do list. You are prepared for your appointment and you arrive on time. On your way home, you pick up the groceries you need and quickly too because you have a prepared list. While dinner is cooking, you pick up the house. Then you check your messages and return the calls now that it is convenient for you. Your day was productive and before going to bed, you make your plan for tomorrow.
See the difference? When you take charge of your life by planning each day, you are deciding how you want to live your life. The next step is to set goals which lead to your dreams and to fit those tasks into your weekly plan. Check out further posts to see how easy it is to do this! For now, just focus on planning your current daily activities and making your life happen.
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Whether I am organizing a clothes closet or my kitchen cupboards, I strictly follow one rule – “Like” Things MUST be together. And really, by sticking to this rule, I actually make the process easier! I know some people like the surprise of finding a random umbrella or beach towel or board game in any number of closets throughout the house, but I like knowing that all my umbrellas are in my coat closet and all my board games are in the family room. It really isn’t difficult to follow this simple rule and it starts with deciding what you want in each closet and what makes sense to be in there.
Here are some examples of what you might put in your closets. A coat closet can hold more than coats. Since it is close to the front door, you may also want to put outdoor gear such as coolers, beach toys, or car cleaning supplies. Sometimes this is a good place for the vacuum cleaner. A laundry room might be the best place for extra blankets, cleaning supplies, or travel items. In other words, there is not only one solution for organizing your things, but by keeping the “like” things together, the process is easier.
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My deep passion for organizing and order began with cleaning out closets and labeling storage boxes. It is no surprise that I love The Container Store. I also love having a daily To Do List. Nothing motivates me more than this little checklist. Sometimes I even write a task I already completed on the list, just so I can check it off! (That’s a little embarrassing to admit!) I love calendars, planners, and making lists of any kind! But what does all this passion and obsession about having things organized have in common? Time and space.
That’s what I love to do! I organize time and space and want to help others do the same. I believe that when we bring some kind of order to the time and space in our lives, we create for ourselves a life we love.
Many people have difficulty with managing their time and spaces because for some reason we think these concepts are limitless. We put off doing things today because we think we always have tomorrow. We keep buying more things because we think we can fit it in our closets. However, in reality time and space are limited. There are only 24 hours in a day and you can only do the tasks that fit within that time frame. A closet has only so much square footage and only a certain amount of clothes will fit inside.
When we organize our time and space by clearing out and prioritizing, we free ourselves from unimportant tasks and clutter. We become more focused on what we love to do and keep only the things we love to have. The result? A life YOU love.
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I feel silly admitting this, but I used to be one of those people who thought a person had no control of how they woke up in the morning. It seems ridiculous, right? But really, it was an aha moment when I realized I could choose how I would wake up each day. And I choose happy!
I make a conscious choice every morning to wake up with a smile and be happy! It is the first thing I do each day. This choice is a powerful thing. It starts my day in the right direction and it reminds me that I am in charge of my day – me! This choice also resets me for a new day. No matter what happened yesterday, today I choose happy.
This important morning choice also affects those around me. Smiles are contagious; happiness spreads. If people I come in contact with forgot to choose how they wanted to start their day, no worries because I am there with my smile! Hopefully, this makes others happy too!
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