2012. Today marks the day when so many of us will start hoping for an awesome 2012, compared to 2011 at least. We have new plans, new goals, new dreams and new wants. For me, New Year Resolutions are simply a way to start acting on things in life on a certain date. This is like a push: giving yourself and thinking of a specific date, today, to start doing things.
Our needs may remain the same, though our wants are changing. A few years ago I wrote on how setting achievable goals was not as useful as we usually think. It seems setting New Year goals offer no help unless the goals we’re setting focus on our entire life, and not just 365 days of our life limited by a calendar year name.
Here are my 2012 plans that I’m working on to create an impact on my life that will last forever. The focus is on simplifying the complexity I’m adding to my life, and the complexity that is my life.
For My 2012 New Year Resolutions, I’m Going to…..
- Have a 100% happy, simpler life
- Reduce physical clutter:
- Convert everything to a digital format when possible, like all forms of letters, receipts, books, into something online like Evernote or Google+ Photos.
- Keep only the absolutely necessary papers around in paper format, like legally-required-to-be-on-paper Driving License replacement printout or the passport.
- Throw away everything physical that is unneeded, like papers, books, letters, receipts, pens, decoration pieces, boxes, bags, etc.
- Keep only a minimum number of clothing apparel in life: maximum of 5 shirts, 7 t-shirts, 5 trousers/pants/jeans, 3 pairs of shoes, 2 pairs of slippers, 5 pairs of socks, 2 hoodies, 2 coats, 2 caps/hats, 3 towels, 2 mufflers (scarfs) and 1 watch.
(I’ve never done this before. I wonder if this is still too much? Let me know in the comments below.)
- Keep a maximum of 2 sets of hygiene essentials, like 2 soaps, 2 sets of shampoo and conditioners, 2 towels, 2 sets of shaving blades, etc.
- Have only one electronic item for each category, like only one cell phone, only one laptop and no desktop, only one camera, etc.
- Get something new only when I’ll throw out something I already have, online or offline.
- Reduce digital clutter:
- Reduce the number of info sources in my Google Reader.
- Cancel, delete or make a list of all my online accounts I don’t need, like ICQ, Skype, YouMail, PageOnce, or my multiple Hotmail accounts.
- Uninstall and delete everything on my computer I don’t need, like games I don’t play anymore or regularly, programs I don’t use regularly, etc.
- Keep only one version of any digital item. For example, if a file is in Evernote, delete it from my email OR from my computer.
- Consolidate backups of the digital life. For example, combine DropBox, CrashPlan and my Documents folder to all be together and work together.
- Simplify and focus on a few core Besizm Network sites. The Reasoner is one such example, where I’ll be simplifying things more in terms of designs and usability.
- Achieve things in life by reducing mental clutter and distractions:
- Not say “I’m Sorry” or “Sorry” unless I really am and unless I should be. This is related to “The Lie Called “I’m Sorry!”“
- Be 100% myself by being 100% humble, by avoiding manipulation, by not lying and by not exaggerating.
- Take action or make plans on things right away, even if it is to start them in the most basic form and to plan the next step for the future.
- Say “No” always when the answer is “No.”
- Finish or get rid of all incomplete plans and memories in life.
- Work on my Network content first, and then focus on any extra things. For example, I’ll be focusing more on producing content and will work on improving the visual designs only after I’ve done the content posting part.
With the exception of money and happiness, I’m trying to reduce down everything to the basics and bare minimum. With a simplified life will come a more focused happiness and more flow and value of money. With a more focused happiness and enthusiasm, there will be more direct results in life and also towards money. With extra peace of mind, there is be more things to enjoy in life with happiness and money, and fewer unnecessary or unwanted things to get boggled down by.
What are Your 2012 Resolutions?
What have you decided for 2012? What are you planning for 2012? Will your 2012 be the exact same as 2011? What are some of your goals, wants, needs, resolutions, etc?
Can you suggest anything I can add or change in my plans? For example, is the number of clothes I’m thinking of holding on to still too much to keep around? Am I missing something in trying to simplify things?
Do you have any goals that are similar to mine, or the exact opposite (like you wanting more stuff online or offline)?
Please share in the comments below. I’m now going to go and find out all the clothes that will be thrown away.
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