Whether you have initiated the change or life just threw you a curve ball, change is always lurking around the corner. These transition periods can be frightening, but they can also be enlightening. When we take on a new job (either by hunting for something better or because the decision was made for us) or move into a new home, periods of transition can also be periods of transformation.
We all have goals. Maybe we want to exercise more or get out the door for work in less of a rush. Transitional situations can be the perfect time to help you really make progress on developing new habits, cultivating positive attitudes and creating peaceful spaces.
Setting Goals During a Career Change
How many times a day do you look at your email inbox and think– how can I have 500 unread emails? Maybe you’re like half of the American working population who finds themselves checking their work email during a Friday night dinner or, even worse, a first date. When you’re transitioning jobs, think about the habits that you could change to boost productivity and improve job satisfaction. Some ways you can change your work habits include:
- Getting up early and setting a morning routine that sets an appreciative and motivational tone for the day.
- Making lists and planning your day.
- Learning how to reflect on mistakes instead of feeling guilty.
- Creating healthier definitions of success and clear paths to achieving it.
- Using a logical organizational system that lets you find things faster.
- Saying no to things that you don’t have capacity for.
Changing Habits When Changing Homes
Whether you’re downsizing to a smaller condo or moving into a big four-bedroom house, decluttering before a housing transition can be a great way to kick start new habits and get organized. It may be time to eliminate items altogether, or move important, but not essential, items into storage. Go room-by-room to declutter, restructure and create organization all around you. Here are a few ways to get going (and here are more tips on creating organization in every room of your home):
- Start with what’s broken: Why are you hanging on to that blender that no longer works? Take stock of your furniture with broken legs or tattered covers. Recycle or toss out gadgets that no longer work. Donate or sell clothes and shoes that no longer fit.
- Next, tackle what’s no longer used: We’re Americans — it’s in our culture to acquire stuff. Maybe you have a lot of memorabilia from your college days, sentimental items you’d like to keep in storage, but not in a house. Go through your house room by room and store the items away. If you haven’t even thought of them in a month or two, move them to storage or donate them to someone who can benefit.
- Keep in mind what’s important for the future: If this move is temporary, be sure to keep the future in mind. If you’re moving into an apartment with a washer and dryer, what will you do with the ones you already own? You can sell these items if it’s not worth the hassle, or you can move furniture, appliances and boxes into a storage unit until the day comes when they’re again required.
Decluttering your home won’t just give you new habits and a fresh start, but it can also give you mental clarity. Some material possessions come with emotional baggage that bring more stress into our lives than we realize. Decluttering even helps us establish good habits. For example, if your kitchen is decluttered and clean, you’re more likely to eat at home.
Periods of transition can be anxiety-producing. Change is something that excites us, but also something we tend to fear. When faced with the unknown, using periods of transition as a means to transform our habits can inject our lives with optimism and hope.
Article contributed by Travis White of Learn Fit.
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