Instead of succumbing to all the pressure to make New Year’s resolutions and then feeling guilty for failing to stick to any of them, I took a new approach for 2014.
I gave the year a theme of Less is More. I felt like choosing a theme for the year would allow me to grow more as a person than any laundry list of to-dos ever would.
We’re just a month into the new year and my shiny new mantra of Less is More. And I can already tell you that having a focus has made all the difference.
Here are just a few ways ‘Less is More’ so far:
- I decluttered my pantry and have been cooking more from home. This also means less money spent at restaurants eating out.
- I’ve been buying less processed foods and making more things from scratch. The kids are pretty excited to have banana bread at breakfast instead of store-bought cereal bars.
- I focused on bringing less stuff into the house and kept more money in my pocket.
- I listened to my body when it was tired and got more rest. (And felt better!)
- I did less procrastinating on tasks I didn’t want to do and got them done early so I had more time to fun things.
- I said “No” to requests for my time that I knew would just push me beyond my mental and physical capacity. This gave me more time to focus on tasks that were more important to me.
- I adjusted my attitude to be less jealous of what others are doing or buying, and in return, found myself more at peace with the world.
- In a slight variation on my theme: I have been couponing more and spending less in the stores.
And this is just the start of my new year and my emphasis on “Less is More.” I see my world through a lens with sharper focus. It has made me so much more intentional with my actions, that I feel like I can accomplish more than I ever could with a handful of trite New Year’s resolutions.
How is your new year going? What things are you working on?