#HappyHolidaysChallenge: Clean Out, Unplug, Restart

Hello, folks! There’s only one more holiday before 2015 and “it’s the big one”. It’s the one where we start over, reset, and “resolve” to improve. I’ve got some great ideas for how you can start a health transformation by striving for better health and happiness. The best part… there is nothing crazy, irrational, on unattainable about my plan. Stay tuned to learn more about it next week.

If you aren’t signed up for the challenge, there is still time. Everyone in the challenge will automatically get a free gift in January 2015. Just click the button below and give your e-mail address to get the gift. You’ll also be eligible to win this week’s prize packs (details below!)

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Out with the Old, In with the New

If you want to change things in your life, you have to do something different. It sounds simple enough but it’s actually quite challenging – especially when distractions get in our way. A distraction is anything that is keeping you from focusing on what you want to be doing.

One of the best things you can do for yourself is make room. Make the room you need to do the work you need to do. We only have 24 hours in a day. Doing more in an already packed schedule is just setting yourself up for overwhelm and eventual failure.

Let something NEW in by getting rid of the OLD first. Clean up your distractions and you’ll be in a better place to start fresh.

I spent an hour and unsubscribed from nearly all my automated e-mails. I realized that I was spending around 10 minutes a day skimming headlines, deciding if I wanted to keep it or delete it. The ones I kept and didn’t have time to read continued to distract me as they piled up and I still didn’t read them.

I bet I spend at least 2 hours a week of wasted time just deciding whether or not I wanted to keep automated email updates, worrying what I would miss if I deleted it, and reading some that actually turned out to be not THAT useful anyway!

It felt great to take an hour an unsubscribe from e-mails. Now I have room for more productive and rewarding time.

Ask yourself “is this helpful or is it a distraction?” If it’s a distraction, get rid of it.

Here are a few other ideas for things you can clean up (or come up with your own):

  • Closet – What’s old, doesn’t fit, you don’t wear that make it harder to get dressed every day. Treat yourself to some new duds you love. Don’t forget the workout gear.
  • Junk drawers – Clutter gets moved from space to space to eventually die in a junk drawer. Get rid of the old gum, chap stick, and receipts. Only put stuff back in that has a logical space and function for your life.
  • Refrigerator, freezer, and pantry – Make cooking easier by having a nice clean, streamlined kitchen area.
  • Bedroom – Remove technology, a major distraction to good sleep. Replace it with some lavendar oil or cream, which is calming and will help you fall asleep.

Enter to Win

This week there will be two prize packs. All you need to do to win is leave a comment below about one thing you are cleaning out of your life and why. Two winners will be chosen at random and notified.

Prize Package:  One copy of Good Things for a Full Life by Deb Hornell, a bookmark, coffee mug and Starbucks gift card

About Good Things for a Full Life by Deb Hornell:

When veteran leadership consultant Deb Hornell decided to write a book on living a full and satisfying life she knew she’d be borrowing, in part, from a family tradition of sharing good things as her family sat down to dinner each night. An antidote for facing obstacles and demonstrating gratitude for the good that can happen each day, this daily ritual reflects Deb’s positive outlook on life. Drawing on her successful experiences working with organizations like Abbott laboratories  McDonald’s Corporation, Motorola, Inc., and Tupperware International, Hornell offers readers an opportunity to evaluate their own individual development plan, not unlike those used by the executives she’s coached for over 25 years. Good Things for a Full Life embraces four distinct areas: 1) spiritual: goals and actions to feed the spirit, including creative and artistic activities, volunteer work, and religious pursuits; 2) personal: goals and actions to deepen relationships with family and friends; 3) professional: work-related goals and actions to enhance career results and satisfaction; and 4) physical: goals and actions focused on a nourished body and overall sound health.

Website: http://www.hornellpartners.com/wp/ Twitter: @DebHornell Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/HornellPartners

Prize Package: Simple Mills baking mixes and muffin tin.

Simple mills makes grain-free baking mixes that are made with simple, whole-food ingredients and are naturally high in protein and low in sugar. The products are made with almond flour. Here is a coupon code you can use now at SimpleMills.com and save 15% SCRITCHFIELD15.

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