It's About Time
Buzzwords direct focus on yearly goals
How I love the start of a new year! It's a clean slate, a new beginning full of the promise and possibility of things to do, see, learn and become.
Clases taught by Ruth Wong will run from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on these dates:
» Feb. 16.: How to Manage Time and Get Things Done
» Feb. 23: Organize Your Workspace for Greater Productivity
» March 1: Overcoming Roadblocks to Getting Things Done
Place: University of Hawaii at Manoa Shidler College of Business (sweater suggested as the room is cold).
Cost: $45 per class, with a discount for all three
I used to make New Year's resolutions but was among the many who failed to keep them, so this column is not about that. Instead, I devised something that has worked for me: creating buzzwords.
Last year my buzzword was simply "change." It reminded me that my goal was to change my home to make it simplified and uncluttered.
That simple but compelling word became a pop-up in my brain, a welcome reminder of my desired result and action required.
For example, when sorting my excess, my natural tendency was to stuff more of it into my closets. But my brain pop-up "change" reminded me that real change required me to purge and not just rearrange my stuff. So purge I did.
There was a nice change in how my home looked, but I was amazed and delighted that there was also change in me!
I began to change the way I worked. Instead of hopping from task to task, I found I could make myself focus on a task to completion. What a change that was for me!
Seeing the changes within and without, at year's end I was able to look back and feel well satisfied.
After the success of last year's buzzword, my buzzword for this year is "enjoy" -- to remind me to enjoy rather than possess, and to enjoy the moment.
Please note that I am NOT advocating a "name it and claim it" or "visualize it and it will come to you" philosophy.
No, these are simple buzz-words to remind you of what you need to do to create results.
If you, like me, want to pursue positive change this year, I encourage you to identify something you deeply desire and create a buzzword for it -- a compelling word or phrase that reflects, reminds and inspires the desired actions and results.
Ideas include focus, finish, plan, execute, simplify, believe, stress less and serenity.
Watch as your buzzword becomes a brain pop-up to keep you on track. At year's end I hope you'll find yourself satisfied.
Feel free to share your buzz-word with me by mail or e-mail. See you in two weeks.
Ruth Wong owns Organization Plus. Contact her care of the Honolulu Star-Bulletin, 7 Waterfront Plaza, Suite 210, Honolulu 96813, call 488-0288 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org