The End of the Year, Focus on What Matters

November 30, 2019

The holiday season is fast approaching with Christmas, Hanukkah and New Year’s Eve. We get
very busy with making plans, which usually means we are too busy, spend too much money, get
too little sleep and experience too much stress. Being organized can relieve some of your
stress, and my go-to organizing method is using post-it notes. I found out that task lists were
frustrating and difficult to manage. I write tasks and duties and post them on the cabinet above
the phone (yes, I still have a land line). It makes me happy to remove a note when something is
completed, and it relieves stress as I don’t have to remember a myriad of other things I have to



Getting better organized is a frequent New Year’s Resolution. If this was one of yours, how
successful were you accomplishing that this year? My Grandmother used to tell me not to
make a list of New Year’s resolutions, as most of the time they are unattainable, which leaves
you with a feeling of failure.  Instead, she advised me to make a list of things to “leave behind”. 
For example, instead of, “I promise I am going to exercise every day”, which usually fails the
first week, state that “I will leave behind my not making exercise a priority, which is good for
me”. I believe that it all breaks down to just how we use our time to the best of our ability.  This
doesn’t mean to cram in as much as possible in each day, but to choose to use time in an
efficient way and focus on spending quality time with family and friends. 

In a matter of weeks, we will say goodbye to 2019 and hello to 2020.  I truly can’t believe that
another year has passed by so quickly, even though I have a long list of things accomplished,
some big, but mostly small, and I am proud of myself. Once again I will be spending my New
Year’s Eve with those that I love the most in the world… little grandchildren so their
parents can enjoy a big night out.  There will be a candlelight dinner, best china, with apple
juice in silver champagne glasses (mine with the real stuff) and party hats.  We will dance under
the moon with sparklers and bring in the New Year before their bedtime at 9:00. I am pleased
with my accomplishments of 2019. I hope you will be satisfied also. You still have some time!

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