Hope you’re doing amazing today.
I thought it would be beneficial to discuss why it’s so important to practice daily, and at the same time each day. It’s not just because of tradition, or because your teacher says so, but there’s actual meaning and benefit to it – especially living in the fast-paced society that we do.
So many of us have a zillion and one things to do and places to be daily that it’s hard to keep everything organized and consistent. Not to mention, it’s easy to procrastinate and become scattered when things become overwhelming. Then, the to do list becomes pressing and stress consumes your entire being. Is this you? This was me until I welcomed yoga into my life.
What I learned is that small steps equal big change. So, if you want to de-clutter your mind so you aren’t always sitting with these pressing issues, then take a deep breath because I’m about to let you in on a few things that will lift so much off of your shoulders that you’ll be jumping up and down with more energy than you know what to do with! Let me explain…
Step 1: Schedule in your yoga practice
Morning is best, but just schedule it in when it works for you. Why is this important? It creates consistency and discipline. If nothing else in your life is organized or efficient, then you need to create that habit. Making yourself schedule it in and stick to a yoga schedule will create a positive pattern in your mind, and teach you to do this in other areas of your life.
Not only will this help create a good habit, but yoga is a meditation and helps you to create awareness of your strengths and weaknesses. So, as you start to create consistency, you’re also discovering other negative habits and patterns that you need to change. That’s why it’s SO important to practice daily (even if it’s 5 minutes) as well as the same sequence.
Now that you’ve committed to this (huge step, congrats!), I’m giving you a few other action items that will help you un-clutter your life.
Step 2: Do A Brain-dump (I’m serious!)
Get a pen and paper & set a timer for 15 minutes. Write down everything you need to do. EVERYTHING. It could be personal, small, big…. anything! Don’t censor yourself. Don’t type it out. Writing by hand creates a connection between your mental and emotional energy, and helps to retain information.
Step 3: Organize your list.
Separate this out by personal, business, school. You want to be completely present in each area of your life. You don’t want to feel like you have to work when you have family time.
Step 4: Create your Urgent/Not Urgent Quadrant.
Have you heard of it? I’m obsessed with it! It completely changed my life, so I’m excited to share it with you. You’re going to want to make the grid I show below & organize your list in these areas. You might have a lot in the Urgent/Important at first if you’ve been procrastinating & dropping the ball. However, as you check things off and become more organized, you should have less and less in that Urgent/Important square…
This was introduced to me in the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. If you haven’t read that, you can grab it below. (I purchased it off of Audible because I like to listen while I’m cleaning, but it might be better to have it as text so you can always reference.)
Paperback (Link Here)
Remember, small incremental steps are the path to big amazing changes. Start creating positive habits by practicing every day at the same time, and check off one thing at a time.
I promise, after your brain dump, you’re already going to feel so much more organized and clear.
Okay, tell me in the comments below if you’ve read 7 habits and already use the quadrant? If so, how has it helped you? Do you recommend any other books for organizing your life?