“Peace is not something you wish for. It’s something you make, something you do, something you are, and something you give away.” ~Robert Fulghum
Finding peace and calm in the hustle and bustle of daily living is a constant struggle. BUT it’s a struggle that can be eliminated by focusing on what’s important and figuring out how to “create the calm” in your environment.
For Resolution #3 we want to help YOU “Create the Calm” with a few steps you can take to practice peaceful living:
1. Examine your commitments and figure out what is important to you.
According to David Allen, “You can do anything, but not everything.” It’s important to take a step back and truly assess what you WANT to be committed to, HOW you want to be committed and to WHOM you want to be committed.
2. Slow down and eliminate the stressors in your life.
This is easier said than done, but a key component to creating the calm is to figure out the stressors in your life and then find ways to eliminate them! Little things like doing less each day, driving and eating slower or doing one thing at a time will keep your mind on the right track and help you slow down. This will, in turn, eliminate many of your daily stress points.
3. Create a time and space for solitude to help you simply do nothing.
Whether it’s a whole room or just a corner, create a space with cool fresh colors where you can find solitude and forget about doing things and simply do nothing.
4. Make sure you enjoy the simple pleasure throughout your day.
First of all, what are YOUR simple pleasures? Figure that out and add them to your day! We personally find pleasure in a well decorated home, especially with freshly lit candles.
5. Find inspiration in being ‘in the moment.’
Being present allows you to focus on what is important in the moment. It is vital in understanding tasks and in accomplishing them with efficiency. Being present will also alleviate anxiety that we normally feel over future decisions.
If creating the calm in your work routine is a goal for you this year, the following digital resources may also be of assistance. I asked my officemates what websites they read to refocus, realign and meditate in their daily routines. The sites below were the most popular (I personally read zen habits daily).
If you have any tips for creating the calm in your life, I would love to hear them!