It’s my birthday week, and I like to spend the whole week doing little things for myself. This time of year feels like a new beginning to me. I made a list of things to help me push the reset button on my life. I’m sharing my 10 Ideas for a Reset Day in hopes that you will try some too.
1. Spending less time on my phone
I haven’t gotten to the point where I can turn off my phone for a whole day. But I do give myself a few hours where I don’t even look at it. It’s no surprise that I haven’t missed anything. It’s quite liberating actually.
2. Spending time in Nature
Autumn is my perfect season. I love the crispness in the air. I take walks in the park. I made time to look at the full harvest moon on Friday the 13th with a glass of wine in my hand. I even went to the farm and got lost in a corn maze (as you can see in the picture above).
3. Organizing my computer desktop
I know this doesn’t sound like a fun activity, but it feels great to put all of my random notes in order. As a list-lover I end up with lots of files on my desktop. I have to-do lists, notes from webinars, reminders for myself, random screenshots, and more. I organized them into one to-do file, one inspiration folder, and one class notes folder. When I was done I physically exhaled. Whew!
4. Cleaning out my phone
It takes a lot to max out my phone, but I got a notification from Apple saying I was running out of space. I took a few minutes to clean out images, videos, old text strings, anything that was taking up space on my phone. Now I have plenty of room to fill it back up again.
5. Deep-Cleaning projects
These are the types of cleaning projects that you only need to do a couple of times a year. I got on my hands and knees and scrubbed the base of my front door, then I cleaned the sliding doors that lead to the backyard. I really got into all the nooks of the sliding track. It feels so good to know that something is so clean it feels brand new.
6. Setting some 3-month goals
I sat down with my journal and a cup of iced green tea and planned out October, November, and December. I left room for changes and unexpected events. I like to know what I’m doing. I’m a Virgo. I really thought about my plans for the year and if they are still aligned with where I want to be by the end of the year.
7. Scheduling self-care
I made time in the last three months to add in self-care days, reset days, social days, even if I could only carve out a morning walk. I made time for me and friends, not just work. This is key.
8. Making a list of wins
I made a list of all the things that went well this year. Sometimes we get so caught up in fixing the things that aren’t working, that we don’t spend time celebrating the things that went right. For example, I designed a beautiful new cooking website. Win. I had great results on my colonoscopy. Big Win. I had a fun weekend playing with my niece and nephew. Win. You get the idea.
9. Resetting my social media
I tweaked my Instagram bios, changed some of my Facebook graphics, made sure all of my links were up to date, updated my horribly outdated LinkedIn profile. It doesn’t sound like much, but it gave me a fresh feeling to refine my personal brand.
10. Rereading passages from books that mean something to me
Sometimes we need to hammer messages into our minds. I have some favorite business and life books that taught me important lessons. I went back over some of them instead of looking for new ones. I think we need to be reminded of things sometimes instead of always looking for shiny new theories. We all know what we need to do. We just need to remind ourselves once in a while.
I hope you find my 10 Ideas for a Reset Day helpful. Let me know if you try any of them or if you have any to add. I love to learn from you too.