The other day my husband (bless him) and I were talking about goals. Not sure exactly how the subject came up, probably a throw away comment that I had a goal of studying for 30 minutes a day (first class started last week). He was excited to share a new way of looking at goal setting/resolutions.
The YouTube video by CPG Grey had some interesting insights. Link below.
I have a lot of self-help/orgainzation/resolut
ions/goal setting ideas running around in my head. I even created a word of the year I think. I've been watching a lot of how to declutter or how "I" decluttered my home videos. I need to downsize my possessions. I don't necessarily want to become a minimalist, but I woud enjoy a less cluttered and easier to maintain home. I've read James Clear's Atomic Habits and BJ Fogg's Tiny Habits. I am trying to get processes in place to help me create my dream life.
Did that seem like a tangent? Not really. You see I want to have a clutter free home and I want to complete my studies more quickly than the planned 4 years part-time. It seems both a long and short time, but I'd rather get on with my new career rather than wait another 4 years to finish the degree. I want to live a healthy life. (All of this was discussed in my last blog). But... there is a common theme. Learning. I need to learn how to do all these things.
And you know what? I've felt more alive in the past 3 months than I have in years. Why? I've started filling a vital need. I need to learn. If I'm not learning something I start feeling old and unmotivated. Like why do anything, or put in the effort. It might even cause a mild form of depression.
Since I made the decision to go back to school I have declutterd an entire room that was filled with "stuff". A lot of stuff. So much stuff you couldn't even walk in the room And no, sorry, no before/after pictures available. I did this over the course of several weeks with a huge push the week before I started class. But it really didn't take a lot of time per day. I think I averaged about 30 minutes a day (per week I was actively working on the room).
I got rid of a lot of old receipts, mail (boxes of receipts and mail were piled in this room), I gave (well need to actually take it to the charity store) 5 boxes of clothing, two large containers of fabric, and 2 bags of wrapping paper and miscellaneous home goods. I have another 5 boxes of books I'd like to give away, but DH hasn't "gone through" them yet, he may want to save some of them, but we actually don't have the room for them anywhere in the house.
Long story short is that a theme allows for tangents and taking a slightly different path. As long as you are heading towards your theme you are making progress. My theme this year is Learning.
Learning in school.
Learning better decluttering & home keeping strategies
Learning to fuel my body better and how to keep it moving.
Have a fun theme filled year!
PS: The best thing about a theme? I don't have to wait until the new year to start it.