When We Stop Making It Complicated

The following post is from Rachel of The Minimalist Mom:

When We Make It Complicated at lifeyourway.net
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If you can’t explain it to a six year-old, you don’t understand it yourself. – Albert Einstein

January is a wonderful time for change.

You can see it in yourself and others. The big plans and the resolutions. I will run this much, I will eat this little.

I will do more of this and less of that. I will use that organizational program for housework and tracking finances.

I love the excitement and the enthusiasm of January, but I have often made my method to achieving goals for the year overly complicated. 

Father Christmas (as they say in the UK) brought me a FitBit this year, and I started using it to track my sleep. This is a terrible thing to do if you have young children that aren’t solid sleepers yet.

After four days of seeing mostly underwhelming statistics about the quality and duration of my sleep, I decided to take the FitBit off at night.

My new goal: get to bed by ten.

Simple Works

If you’re struggling to keep up with some grand and complicated plans or resolutions you made for the year, step back and simplify them. Revise that 35 item daily routine down to a dozen or a half dozen points. Boil that long winded home business plan into three clear actions you can take this month. Set the meal standard to home cooked rather than meal planning seven breakfasts, seven lunches and seven dinners a week.

Un-Complicate Your Goals For The Year

Like everyone else, I need to shed a few things from my home. We let things slide a bit last year with the addition of our second baby and the boy’s clothing and some household goods continue to be our hot spots for too much stuff. Late in the fall I did a mini-purge but there’s still work to be done. Plus, I need to get back into the habit of giving away or recycling things we aren’t using more regularly.

In 2013 I’ve committed to letting go of two things for every new item that comes into my house.

There won’t be a lot of immediate gratification in this plan or a feeling of being done. Just slow steady simple progress.

It’s progress and a plan that I can easily explain to my four year-old.

So how are my FitBit stats?

While you can do a lot with the FitBit, all of the data it provides and that you can manually enter, I’ve decided that for now I’ll just track my steps per day. If I can get into the habit of 10,000 steps a day I’ll look at setting a goal with one of the other barometers of health (but probably not the sleep one!).

Anything more right now feels too complicated.

Have you made any goals or resolutions for the year? Are they complicated or is there a clear action to take and metric for success?

Rachel Jonat is a former world medalist rower turned marketing professional turned SAHM/writer. At The Minimalist Mom, Rachel writes about living a rich life with less stuff. Currently living on a windswept island in the middle of the Irish Sea, Rachel owns two pairs of jeans, lives without a car and is attempting to become a tea drinker.