Monday, January 16, 2012

Now is the time...

While I was away over the holiday break I picked up a few little inspirational items that I wanted to share with you.  One of them was this book from kikki.K- Now Is the Time.  As the blub says its "a beautiful book outlining 170 ways for you to seize the moment and make the most of your life now. Be inspired to live life to the fullest, feel relaxed and to go beyond the everyday, reminding you just how special and important these moments truly are."  Sounds good right?  Well I don't expect it's able to perform magic and transform me completely, but I am enjoying reading some of the quotes.  Here's one today that I think is personally found quite challenging and is something I'm trying to do.  

'Stop allowing email to dominate your life.  It interrupts your concentration and puts you in a state of constant anticipation.  Break the cycle.  Disconnect.  Treat it like snail mail.  Check it once each morning and afternoon.  Give yourself time to think.'

Sounds easy and for most people it probably is.  For someone who's job is dominated by a large flow of email everyday it's a challenge I have to overcome.  I think the last line is enough of a reason to try and achieve it though - time to think.  Something I can combine with my tea hobby perhaps.

Time to turn off and tune out for a while.  I'm off to give my brain space to be creative.

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

new year, new attitude?

How's your New Year's resolutions going?  Are you energized, excited and getting on with them or are you already in a funk and just want to give up, and curl up in bed like my dogs (see pic)?

I'm somewhere in between.  I have moments of excitement and commitment to making changes in my life that will help me be the person I want to be, and live the life I want to live.  And then there's the other moments.... You know the ones.  Where the temptation of living the same way, making no changes, is lurking there, just waiting to pounce.  It's kind of like the temptation that comes when you swear off eating chocolate but there's still half a box in the cupboard.

I'm trying to push through the temptations and try some new (and some old) tactics to stay on track with the things I want to achieve.  Pomodoro techniques are coming back to my work days.  I'm thinking about setting up some new 21 day challenges.  I'm portioning out my changes over days of the week, so they don't seem so overwhelming.  And I'm trying to be more disciplined in deciding what I do, when I do it, and how I do it.  It's not easy being mindful of your actions all the time, so I'm hoping that some of these practices will soon become habits in my life, and much more automatic.  I'm always on the look out for more tips and tricks on habit changing and time management, so if you have any tried and true techniques let me know.

Happy New Year.

PS - I can't claim credit for the cute photo of my beagles.  Our friend Katie took it while she was baby sitting them.  Aren't the cute & lazy!