I have to admit, it’s pretty hard to concentrate on writing at the moment. Why? Because I’m on vacation… in Hawaii! It is amazing and beautiful; and organizing is probably the last thing on my mind right now. ;-) However, sitting here on the lanai gazing out at the ocean made me think “I wish I felt like this more often”! Take a minute to think back to the last time you were on vacation. Oh I bet it felt nice (and relaxing). Life is just easier then isn’t it?
So why do we make our day to day life so hard? Surely we don’t do it on purpose, or do we? I’m not saying we start each day with the intentional mindset of making life difficult and stressful. But it sure seems like that’s how the typical day goes for most people, doesn’t it? I was going to lay out an example here of how crazy/busy your schedule can be, but I have a feeling you know exactly what I’m talking about!
It made me examine just what makes everyday life very different from vacation. Here are my top 3 ways you can feel more of that vacation mindset while you’re at home:
Loosen Up & Let Go of Worries – naturally we have more responsibilities while we’re at home, but if we change the way we think about them, we change the way we feel about them too. Perhaps your standards are unrealistic, loosen up and ask yourself “what’s the worst that will happen if (what’s bothering you most isn’t accomplished)…”. Don’t dwell on what still needs to be done or what you have no control over. Do what you can, give yourself credit for what’s done, and let the rest go!
Adjust Your Environment - a new environment can automatically change your mindset. When your atmosphere is clean and fresh you feel better. Think about a hotel when you’re on vacation, there’s not much there to get in the way, become visual clutter, or to clean around. Pair down possessions in your own home to become more like that. You may be surprised how lightening the physical load will lighten your mental load as well.
Less Stuff / Less Stress – Not only do you feel more relaxed when you have less “stuff” to maintain, but you’ll feel an incredible difference when you have less on your schedule too! It’s time to review your priorities and remove some items that are creating an unnecessary burden without any reward. What was once important may not be anymore (and that’s ok). As life changes you should periodically reevaluate your goals and priorities and make sure they’re in alignment with your schedule and actions. Just like vacation – only make time for the things that NEED to be done or are REWARDING and FUN! You get one life, you’d better make the most of it.
I’m off to the beach now to continue my relaxation… I encourage you to create your own vacation mindset now and live with that intention each and every day. Life is simply too short to not do what you love and love what you do.
About the author ~ Bobbie Spera is a Professional Organizer, Home Management Consultant, and the owner of Simplified by Bobbie located in Pennsylvania. Visit www.simplifiedbybobbie.com to learn more, view before & after photos, and read helpful organizing tips. Contact Bobbie for your FREE phone consultation, and make your space & time work for you.