In upcoming posts we are going to be covering some super practical and small steps we can take to improve our lives a little at a time. While we're working on easing into a new month, year, and decade here are a few things you'll find useful depending on what you want to accomplish this year. You don't have to try to use everything on the list.
This isn't a comprehensive list but a jumping-off place. You might want to print it out and then circle the things you need or write in your own. If this causes you overwhelm just focus on the main thing you hope to improve in January.
This is not a shopping list! You may just need to locate your lost water bottle or get out those good pajamas you've been "saving." Podcasts and books can be had for free with an app. Like me, you probably have some things around the house that you just need to get out and make use of. Some of these will make more sense as we move through the series but I wanted to give you a heads up.
GOAL SETTING AND TIME MANAGEMENT
CREATING A BEDTIME ROUTINE
New pajamas or slippers
Allery protective covers for mattress and pillows
Lavender essential oil
CREATING A MORNING ROUTINE
Any useful apps
Uplifting and encouraging podcasts
Your get moving playlist
FOR YOUR BRAIN
A book of crossword puzzles/sudoku/word search
Kindle/Libby for your phone
Books you want to read
FOR YOUR BODY
A list of healthy recipes you want to try
Any vitamins or supplements you want to add to your daily routine.
Exercise equipment or gym membership
One workout ensemble you feel good in
Proper shoes for the exercise you choose
Classes and workshops
Church/place of worship
The Bible/sacred texts
Other spiritual reading materials/books/biographies
Find a therapist
Join a support group
DIY supplies for home projects
Containers for organizing
PODCASTS are the best free time-saving way to get some encouragement or inspiration when you can't sit down to read a book. They are getting their own post, but here's my shortlist of my faves.
Ed Mylett, Don't be thrown off by his appearance and trappings of wealth. He's an inspiration.
Happier with Gretchen Rubin, Practical, fun, and like riding to work with your gal pals.
You're Welcome with Hilary Rushford, Her theme is less overwhelm and more joy.
Lewis Howes The School of Greatness, he has a great backstory and uplifting interviews
The Next Right Thing, if you need to quiet the fear of choosing wrong.
The War of Art
Romancing the Ordinary
The Artist's Way
How To Win Friends and Influence People
The Power of Positive Thinking
The Happiness Project
Better Than Before
The Four Tendencies
This is not a comprehensive personal development reading list but of the hundreds of books I've read, these are the ones that are my favorites but also fit into our gentle January theme. Okay, The War of Art isn't gentle at all but it's short and necessary for creatives. You can also glean a fantastic reading list from the podcasts I've listed.