If you’re like me, you are MORE than ready for an awesome 2019 to get on its way, but there’s still some mental, digital, and/or physical clutter that needs to be handled before you can really get out there and live your mission.
Here are two things I am doing this week to get fully ready for this BEST YEAR.
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(1) Getting Emails Back into Shape
With our four children home for 17 days this season, we’ve been prioritizing family time over computer work—which has been wonderful, but a lot of emails had to wait.
I spruced up my inbox with a new background and thoroughly went through the “Emails to Zero” process.
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And just in case you need more convincing, here’s why I believe this is SO important:
- It’s an easy win that will give you a lift!
- It trains your brain to process—and not just “collect.”
- When that important email DOES come in, you’ll feel confident, knowing your mind can rest because you have a system.
- It’s a forcing function for you to decide what matters and what doesn’t. For example, when you highlight a whole book, nothing is highlighted. When you keep 48,042 starred emails in your inbox, none of them are marked as essential.
Side note—stepping more fully into my mission next year, I want to help more people to get out of the overwhelm. I’ve been out of it for more than 10 years now, and so sometimes the memories of how hard it was to manage the family kind of fades, but this recent post from Nicole in side our Steps to Everyday Productivity Facebook group totally inspired me (and the whole community!)
(2) Getting My MIND Ready for Growth and Joy
Over the past few years, Eric and I have invested tens of thousands of dollars in coaching—and HOURS of time reading great books, listening to audio programs, and talking through a whole lot of issues that needed to be figured out.
The book I am reading right now, “As a Man Thinketh” by James Allen (which is in the public domain, so it’s free!) brings together so many of the ideas we’ve been talking about, and you can listen to the entire audiobook in one hour.
This is sooooooo good. Seriously, I’ve listened to it about five or six times already.
One concept I learned this morning is that life is like a kaleidoscope. You shift your thinking, and you can transform the picture that you see. That has been true in my life more times than I can count.
I’ve been turning on audiobooks whenever I wake up too early and can’t quite go back to sleep—and this is a FAVORITE.
Hope these two ideas help you today!
I have made a commitment to “come alive” at LearnDoBecome this year. There’s kind of a long story behind that decision, and I’ve alluded to it in the past, but in essence, I’ve been afraid to share my heart and mind publicly over the past few years, and it’s time to change that. I love this community and finally feel “safe” making a deeper effort to support you (though my fingers are trembling a little and my heart is pounding as I type this).
Sending so much love and wishing you a very happy new year!
April and Eric
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