My first post of the new year! I haven’t posted much because I’ve been busy working on some new projects and really trying to hit the ground running for the new year.
A quote that has really resonated with me in the last couple of months is “Do more of what makes you happy.” I took a lot of time thinking about this, wondering what makes me happy and how I can start doing more of it.
I’m working toward a goal right now and sometimes I feel myself getting burned out. I don’t ever want to get where working for what I want isn’t fun anymore, and I feel like you really need to enjoy the process of getting where you’re going to really get there. So, I decided to make it my theme of 2015 and really try to do more of what I love every single day.
But I’m not taking the quote so literal — watching TV makes me happy, so does this mean I should sit around all day watching TV? I’d love to, but no. I’ve figured out a few productive ways to work toward my goals and do more of what I love.
Work from the heart
I’m now only taking on projects that I’m excited about, and I’m hoping to soon work mostly with my dream clients. My writing has greatly improved in the past few months because I’ve been blogging from the heart. I’m caring less about what people think of me, I’m working on things I’m passionate about, and I’m having so much more fun. Nothing feels better than doing something that you love to do and being able to call it “work.”
Turn your passion into money
“Work from the heart” brings me to this: try to find a way to make a living by doing what you love. Love to watch movies? Maybe start a movie blog. You love fashion? Maybe become a stylist. It may take time, but who knows? You could start earning a nice income.
Focus less on what you hate and more on what you love. I know I’m less than thrilled about my job situation at the moment (I’m ready to make the leap!). But I’m trying to focus less on that and more on what I can do. I’m enhancing my skills and working every day to reach my goals.
Be a kid again
I’ve been taking some serious steps back toward my childhood, spending more time doing things that I used to love when I was younger. Some things you grow out of, but some things you just forget how much you used to love. Bringing some of those things back into my life has sparked some excitement in me that I haven’t felt in a while.
I think so much clearer when things aren’t so cluttered and complicated. I’m getting organized, prioritizing, making to-do lists, automating tasks and using new tools and software to make my life easier. I’m also admitting to myself that I can’t do everything; some things I will have to say no or they will have to wait. This frees up time and space in my head to focus on other things.
Make a schedule
Like I said above, I can’t just sit around reading, watching TV and eating junk food all day just to say I’m doing what I love (although if I could get paid to do that, it would be awesome). But I’m also a firm believer in giving myself personal time. I now have a schedule that includes work time, but also plenty of time for me to do things like work out, go nuts on social media or just chill and watch my favorite shows. I’ve learned that the best way to get everything in that I want to do is by planning it out. The same applies for if you work on various projects. Plan out time for you to work on them. I find that if I have it on my calendar to work on this project on this day, I don’t feel such an urgency to work on it right now. It can wait until the scheduled time.