3 Simple Ways to Get the Right Things Done in 2008

1. Choose One Word for 2008.

Christine Kane has a better way for you to start your year: choose a word.

Just one word.

That’s it.

And this word will be your guiding focus for the next 12 months.

Last year, I chose the word courage. Looking back, I think I’ve done pretty well. I faced my fear of talking to strangers over and over and even made friends with a few. I also kept stretching the boundaries of my comfort zone by doing new things like getting my driving license, and facing my fear of heights by jumping off trees.

I achieved a lot, but I also pushed my health to its limits. I kept getting remarks about how tired I looked, and knew I had to do something to take care of myself. So this year my word will be vitality and health will be my primary focus.

Vitality is my word for 2008Capoeira Arte Brasileira by Fábio Pinheiro.

What’s your word for 2008?

2. Know What’s Important

For any goal-setting and time management to work, it must be personalized to meet your individual values. Have you discovered what’s truly important in your life yet? If not, you might find yourself climbing the ladder of 2008, sometimes very productively, only to find it was leaning against the wrong wall.

Life’s too short, you don’t want to be distracted by the sirens of the urgent, the glossiness of the meaningless, and lose sight of the important.

What’s important to you?

Is it your family? Achievement? Health? Wealth? Security?

If you’re thinking right now of something material, like a car – ask yourself why that’s important. Is it because you feel it brings you status, or freedom, or happiness?

Know what’s importantPhoto by MegElizabeth.

Goals are tangible, values are abstract. Reaching your goals bring you achievement, but living in alignment with your values brings you fulfillment.

Keep it simple. Discover or decide on your top 5 towards values; things you want most. Then discover or decide on your top 5 away from values; things you do not want most.

Your values will be your guiding light for the year 2008. They will serve as your ultimate litmus test; whenever something comes up your values will help you say yes or no to a new commitment. Ultimately, you want to work only on what’s truly important to you.

(Here’s another way to make sure the important gets done.)

3. Lose the Dead Weight – Simplify & Slow Down

Simplify your life in 2008Sketch Zen by tico24.

There is no place in your life for anything that does not support you.

If it does not bring more joy, beauty & happiness into your life, throw it out.

If you haven’t seen, used or thought about it for months, you already don’t need it – you just have to accept that you can live without it.

Drop the dead weight.

Unclutter your life, emotionally, physically, mentally, socially, spiritually.

Simplify, simplify, simplify.

When you do that, you’ll find a lightness of mind and clarity of thought. What you thought used to be a big deal drops away, while you’re better able to focus on the truly important without distraction.

There’s only so much time, there’s only so much space, there’s only so much attention.

Choose to spend it on the important, the beautiful and the uplifting. Only keep that which brings more positivity, effectiveness & fulfillment in your life. Keep your life lean, light – make it a graceful pirouette instead of a thumping, mad rush.

What do you no longer need in the new year?

9 Responses to “Fast and Effective Ways for Coping with Stress”

  1. Julie Melillo
    November 9 2008 at 5:50 am #

    I really enjoyed this post. It’s easy to forget how powerful our physical reactions are! I like your approach here. Especially reminding the reader that we are not always ready for change — though we think we are! I agree that the real failure is letting fear stop us. Thanks for posting this!

  2. karen parsons
    November 9 2008 at 6:46 pm #

    Hi Julie,

    Thank you for your kind words. I am glad it was helpful! “Coping with Stress” is a part of a series of articles on Stress that I have written, hopefully Life Coaches Blog will be posting the rest. So keep in touch!

    Kindest regards,


  3. Jill R.
    November 10 2008 at 6:55 am #

    This is a great article. I especially like the list of symptoms… some of which a lot of people may not recognize as a sign of stress.

    It’s also important to continue with your stress managment activities even when there are no signs or symptoms of stress. Doing this will help you become stressed less often and ward off stress before it even begins.

  4. karen parsons
    November 10 2008 at 5:48 pm #

    Hi Jill,

    Absolutely, it should be a way of life! Thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts.

    Kindest regards,


  5. yvonne
    July 1 2009 at 10:36 pm #

    Great site!!!!! Good health is very important with the high cost of medical coverage. We need to have a healther lifestyle by taking care of our health eating and exercising. I am a cancer survivor and I know. Our health is our greatest asset. Keep up the Good Work!!!!!

  6. Rev. Dr. Bush
    January 16 2010 at 1:03 pm #

    The physical body does not differentiate between happy stress and overwhelm. Stress is stress. We need to develop coping mechanisms in our daily life to avoid the harmful, physiological effects of stress.


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