I am not a New Year’s Resolution person. I am also not into that whole picking a word for the year thing.
Instead, I like to spend my extra time off of work clearing out to the dark corners of my mind (and my closets) and pondering the positives.
I am going to use this last week of the year to wrap up my year and focus on the upcoming one.
I am constantly trying new things to make my life easier; an app, a book, a meditation program, a specialist, a particular way of rearranging the kitchen. It drives my husband crazy.
Out of the dozens of new things that I try there are a few things that not only stick but make like easier, more efficient or just make life in general better. The following list is the best of the best.
My day-to-day task for my day job vary widely. There are some days I am up to my ass in work and feeling overwhelmed and then there are days when there is nothing going on and I am stuck doing busy work, mind-numbing busy work.
My dad has been running a one man trucking business since the 90s (his dad started the business in the late 60s). A few years ago my husband joined the business and we decided to go legit and established an LLC and set up business bank accounts and credit cards.
Since I am the unofficial CFO of the company and taking care of the bookkeeping I researched accounting programs for months before deciding on Quickbooks Online mostly because it has to be the most popular software program for a reason. Right?
I am not going to turn it into an advertisement for Quickbooks but this program links right with your bank and credit card accounts making it easy to stay up-to-date. It is working so well I am considering opening another account for our personal finances.
I read The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up earlier this year. Kondo gives you permission to get rid of things. Even that cute top that you bought months ago and never wore. This whole book is about giving you permission to let stuff go.
Getting rid of things without the lingering guilt is freeing, so I turned this attitude to other areas of my life. I have stopped reading books I was not loving, cut down dramatically on the amount email lists I am on, and put lingering (and ridiculous) grudges behind me. A wonderful side effect of this is that I generally think better of the people around me, which has made me happier overall.
I think I have always known, in the back of my mind, that routines where something I needed in my life. While I was in my twenties I desperately wanted to be one of those care-free, fly-the-seat-of-my-pants girls.
That is so not me.
Over the years I have accepted my list-maker nature, but this year I took it a step further and doubled down on my natural rhythms. I follow the same routine every morning, more or less in the same order, regardless of what I have going on. The downside is that I don’t really sleep in on weekends and on my days off, but it also means that I am more calm and collected throughout the day and when the unexpected happens.