About a week ago, I wrote a post about how I chose my one little word for this year. It was a hard decision to make, but I think I am going to be happy with the word I picked.
A few days ago, my grandmother sent me this quote:
“Some people regard discipline as a chore. For me, it is the kind of order that sets me free to fly.” – Julie Andrews
I love that quote, and I think it perfectly encompasses the meaning of discipline that I want to capture in my daily life this year. (Plus, who doesn’t want to be more like Julie Andrews?) As much as I think I want to just do whatever whenever, I need structure and discipline in my life so that I can get the most out of each day. Trust me, this winter break from work has proven that I can waste a day on the couch with Netflix, and while sometimes that relaxation and rest is necessary, that’s no way to actually live on a daily basis.
I chose the word discipline because I want some order and structure in my days so that the little things are all taken care of. That way, when an opportunity presents itself, I can confidently say “Yes!” if is is something I want to do, because I know that all the other stuff is handled.
This month, I am starting by being more disciplined in my work life. My ultimate goal is to not have to bring papers home to grade. I want to be productive and efficient when I am at work so that when I am home, I can focus on my family and what really matters instead of dreading my 10 pound teacher-bag that’s constantly staring at me from the corner. This means I’m going to have to change some of my work habits, learn how to work smarter and not harder, and figure out what I can just let go (because, honestly, sometimes I just try to do way too much).
I’m excited to get back into a routine and start actually working on putting my one little word into practice in my life.
What word did you choose for this year and how are you planning to implement it into your daily life? I’d love to hear your feedback in the comments!