One of the tricky things about planning (business or life) is instead of making it easy we can rather quickly get mired down in the details. We’re working so hard to make sure everything is covered that we can create a plan that we ignore because it’s just too much.
My friend and colleague Lois Weber has named each calendar year for a long time. She uses the name of the year for attention and intention – it serves to shape her decisions and activities. Lois is naming 2015 “Loving What Is.” As she notes, Loving What Is “happens to also be a book title of Byron Katie’s. Katie’s ‘The Work’ is all about loving what is, giving up resistance and that fussing we can do when we think things should be different than what they are.”
I love what Lois is describing. In a somewhat similar vein, I’ve decided that 2015 is going to be The Year of Making It Easy. I set high standards for myself and sometimes that results in my making things harder than they need to be. I’ve found in recent months when I ask “am I complicating things?” it almost always leads to a simpler and faster approach… and far less drama.
Here’s how I plan to use my making it easy theme for the year:
- As a filter for planning and decision-making. As I plan what needs to happen in my business or those of my consulting clients, I’m going to hold these plans against my theme to test if I’m making things harder than they need to be. Why inflect more pressure on myself?
- As a paradigm shifter. My thought is to ask myself “How can you make this easy?” whenever I find myself stuck, overwhelmed or frustrated. By putting the easy lens on, I can challenge myself to find simpler ways to do things.
- An infusion of fun! Years ago, a friend gave me one of Staples’ “that was easy” buttons. It was an attention-getter in my office for a long time (it’s actually kind of addictive). I’m about to dig it out and set in on my desk with the intention to try to hit it as many times a day as I can in order to be more playful and congratulate myself when I stay on track with my theme.
Your year could hold any number of themes – a particular professional skill or advancement you desire, a prioritization of family, a time to focus on finances, or absolutely anything that is a top priority for you this year. It simply needs to be something you consider significant and want to use for both intention and attention.
What will this year be about for you?