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Enjoy Your Life in 2016!

smiling-888532_640According to one online source, the most popular new year’s resolution for 2016 is “Enjoy life to the fullest.”

We live in such a complex day and age. With the constant barrage of information, social media and tasks that often leave many of us fried and frazzled, it’s no wonder that the most common longing expressed in this year’s resolutions was to enjoy life to the fullest.

And who wouldn’t want to enjoy life more? Unfortunately, the execution of that goal may seem somewhat elusive. What it means to enjoy life will look different for every individual.

Know Yourself

Have you ever looked at a snowflake under a microscope? If not, take a moment to click here and check out some stunning up close photos.

You could spend hours scouring the internet, looking at thousands of these types of images and NEVER will you see a single duplicate. Not one snow flake is like another.

The wild thing is, so it is with human beings! You are one of a kind. Not one other person is made to be exactly like you!

We can tap into so much more fulfillment in life when we understand ourselves and the unique gift in who we are. I love the saying, “Be yourself, everyone else is already taken.” It’s truly impossible to be someone else. We need to find out or remind ourselves of what makes us different and live from that place of insight into “what makes me tick.”

As you seek to enjoy life more and hone your priorities and time it makes sense to start with understanding who you are what is important to you.

Here are some questions you can ask yourself to help you reflect on your uniqueness.

  • What am I doing here on this planet?
  • What is my unique contribution to this world?
  • What do I enjoy doing the most?
  • What kinds of activities make me come alive?
  • What is most important to me in life?
  • What are my core values?
  • What are my dreams – the things I’ve always wanted to do or accomplish?

After this brainstorming process, you may even want to come up with a simple life mission statement based on what you discovered that sums up who you are and what you want out of life. Put it on paper and review it regularly so that you can hold yourself accountable to it! You may even want to share it with a close friend or mentor who can also cheer you on as you seek to stay focused on what really matters.

Prioritize Your Time

Studies have shown that most people spend the majority of their time every day on incessant urgent tasks and distractions while meaningful tasks tied to overarching deeper life and work goals, get continually pushed forward to tomorrow’s to-do list.

Once you have done some reflection for clarity on your values, dreams, and goals, try anchoring your work day in two meaningful tasks- one scheduled mid-morning and one scheduled mid-afternoon. Fill in the urgent tasks that might typically take up your whole day around those two truly significant tasks. This simple tweak often produces increased energy and efficiency for the urgent tasks. As you segment your day in a way that actually moves you forward with focus on accomplishing what is truly important to you, you will likely feel more satisfied and fulfilled in your work and increase your results as well.

  • Find some other great time management tips from James Clear here.
  • Check out how the eisenhower box can help you prioritize your time better here.
  • Heidi Halvorson shares here on how to defeat stress including managing your to do list.

Simplify Decision Making

In her book, 7 Simple Skills, Author Pam Farrel says that every day the average person makes anywhere from 5,000-25,000 decisions! This incessant decision making is surely a factor in the sense of stress most people are living under.

It would make sense then that another way to increase enjoyment and reduce stress is to simplify decision making.

Here are a few links that will help equip you to focus and simplify your decisions!

  • Find out how to reduce decisions to focus better here.
  • Learn how to eliminate decision fatigue here.

Sometimes it seems easier to be stressed than to get refreshed and energized, but it doesn’t have to be that way! These simple strategies can get you moving toward enjoying who you are and living your life according to your priorities.

What are we waiting for?

Let’s do this!

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