How I visualize my goals (and how I sing!)

Visualize your goal in order to reach it! (Btw, I’m singing in the last video on this page! :D)

Visualize the small steps on the way to your goal.

Create signposts to guide you on your way to your goal.

Visualize your big goal as well as the signposts along the way.

My theme for the year: Go Easy! (+ me singing!)

Microbreaks are annoying but helpful

Microbreaks are helpful but annoying…

Microbreaks for neck pain – what I’ve discovered.

What I do during a microbreak.

This year, I’m setting intentions.

I like thinking of intention as a feeling I’d like to bring forward.

My husband is so excited to do the Yearly Review (NOT!)

Some of us are more excited than others about the Yearly Review! 😀

Review your calendar for next year. What do you have planned? What would you like to add?

Set some realistic goals and some fun goals for the new year.

Review your 2023 to do list throughout the year 😉

What to do when your planning never seems to work out?

This is how we do the Yearly Review in our home

Having trouble doing the Yearly Review? Find a buddy! That’s someone who will keep you accountable and/or will do the Yearly Review together with you.

Having trouble doing the Yearly Review? Schedule it on the calendar!

This is how we do the Yearly Review in our home.

Why you should make and review your Yearly To Do list.

What would you like to change in the new year?

My theme for the Year: Go Easy!

My theme for the year: Go Easy

I’ve chosen my theme for the year: Go Easy!

I was inspired by Adele’s song Easy on Me. In my case, I need to go easy on myself.

I don’t really like going easy. I’m good at going hard and pushing through until I get results. This approach has worked well for me for a while.

Recently, I had a serious neck problem and frequent headaches, and I’ve been unable to get good sleep, which just made me more tired overall. Therefore, I had to really slow down and rest. It’s not nice, but it had to be done.

The truth is that I don’t like resting very much. It’s boring! What’s so enjoyable about lying there and doing nothing? I want to be doing stuff, to be excited, and to be experiencing new things. I don’t like being bored. (Or maybe I’m just doing resting wrong? Let me know.)

But I’ve heard of countless successful people who pushed too hard, had a burnout, and then had to reinvent their lives. I didn’t want to do that. Burnout may be inevitable sometimes, but I was actually aware of the fact that I needed to slow down before things became fully disastrous. With awareness and knowledge comes responsibility, so I sighed deeply and actually started taking breaks…

Over time, my neck problems and my headaches have begun to subside, but I still need to remember to take it easy. It is too easy to forget and go full speed again, only to hit the same roadblocks again.

Another trick I’m aiming to implement is to allow for transition time between activities. Often I run from one activity to the next, making sure my day is maximally productive and jam-packed. But that means I tend to be stressed about running late and cannot allow myself to take an extra minute or two if needed.

Unfortunately, this means I may be snappy or irritated with my closest people, usually my husband and my son. This isn’t nice for anybody, and I’d rather be more at ease in order to bring a more peaceful energy to our home.

So I’ll try to build in transition time (5 to 10 minutes) between activities as well as underplan my day as a whole. Think I can do these three tasks in an hour? Plan on doing two. Expect this task to take two hours to complete? Plan for two and a half.

As much as I don’t like going easy, that is what I’ll be aiming to do this year. I’ll allow myself time to rest, I’ll underplan my days/weeks/months, and I’ll allow for transition time.

Let’s give it up for going easy!

What would you like your year to look like? Let’s design it!

Yearly Preview Part 1: What will I do next year?

Yearly Preview Part 2: What habits would I like to establish?

Yearly Preview Part 3: Will my year be in accordance with my priorities?

Yearly Preview Part 4: How can I improve upon last year?

Yearly Preview Part 5: What is your main theme or feeling for the upcoming year?

The Yearly Review: How was the last year for you?

This past week was all about the Yearly Review, my favorite topic of all!

Yearly Review Part 1: What went well this year?

Yearly Review Part 2: What didn’t go so well this year?

Yearly Review Part 3: If I could go back in time, what would I change?


Yearly Review Part 4: What feeling or theme belongs to this year for me?

Yearly Review Part 5: Was this year in accordance with your priorities?

Once you identify important goals in your life, it’s time to break them down into actionable steps. What tasks can bring you closer to your goal?

From the idealistic to the pragmatic: Priorities -> Goals -> Tasks

In the previous two weeks, I wrote about identifying your unique priorities and creating goals in order to make those priorities a reality. Now, it’s time to get very specific and identify tasks that will allow you to reach your goals, so you can live according to your priorities.

Once you identify important goals in your life, it’s time to break them down into actionable steps. What tasks can bring you closer to your goal?

If you want to learn to play piano, a suitable aim may be to play piano 3 times per week for 30 minutes. If you want to spend more time with friends, you can make it a goal to meet up with a friend for dinner or lunch once a week. Then, go ahead and make arrangements with your friends to that end. The key here is to make the steps actionable, so it’s clear what you need to do to move closer to your goal.

Next, you should put the action you’ve identified on your calendar and/or to-do list. Put it somewhere where you won’t forget about the activity, you’ll be reminded of it, and you’ll be able to review it. My calendar and my to-do list (both digital) are my best friends in this regard because they are always by my side (on my phone).

It’s very important to be practical and to plan your activities in detail. Multiple studies have shown the “when, then” approach extremely effective in modifying behavior: for instance, “when I come home from work, I will play piano for 30 minutes. Thus, identify when exactly you will do your new behavior, and decide on what exactly you will do. Be as specific as possible.

We should aim to break down our big goals into small, manageable steps and plan when and how we will carry those out. This is the way to make our goals happen.

Design your holidays

What would you like your holidays to look like?

What are you going to do with any monetary gifts you receive these holidays (if any)?

Do you want to keep up one (or more) of your habits during the holidays, or would you rather take a break from all of them?

How to be flexible while respecting your non-negotiables.

What was your favorite activity this year? Can you do it again or recreate it during the holidays?

New blog post: Get specific with your priorities, so you can make your vision a reality. Set goals.


Happy holidays from us!

Be specific with your priorities: Set goals

Last week, I wrote about how you can identify what’s truly important to you in your life. Now, let’s get specific, so we can make your vision a reality.

Now that you’ve reflected on the main categories of your life, we’re going to set goals to reflect where you’d like to be regarding each category.

In some of these areas, you may already be living life as you’d like it to be, and in other areas, there may be a mismatch between what you’d like your life to look like and what it currently is. In this exercise, you’ll gain awareness of where you are now and where you’d like to be.

  1. What goals and projects (activities, responsibilities, things you do) do you have in each category?
  2. Do you feel fulfilled by the combination of goals and projects listed here? Does the list feel “complete”?
  3. In an ideal world, would you remove any goals and/or projects from this category, i.e., would you take anything off your list?
  4. In an ideal world, would you add any goals and/or projects to this list? Is there anything that you feel is missing that you’d like to add?

Run through this exercise for each of the 10 priorities categories. You’re finished when each category feels fulfilling to you.

Now, try to take in the 10 categories together. Do they make for a fulfilling, purposeful life? It may be difficult to hold everything you’ve written in mind at the same time, but allow your gut feeling to guide you here. Does your intuition tell you something is missing? Or does this feel like a pretty good life?