Previously I wrote about cutting out the stress associated with New Year’s resolutions. Instead of setting up huge, finite goals, I would concentrate on doing things that made me happy. Through those “happy actions” I will inadvertently reach my goals, but without the stress of having to fulfill them.
So I’ve started off the new year with small steps toward happiness. I wanted to take steps toward eradicating stressors in my life, one small change I’ve made since the new year is “unsubscribing” from email newsletters from stores like Walmart, Amazon, etc. Everyday I must get 50-100 email newsletters from various companies. I’ve not consciously subscribed to any of them, but I probably purchased something from each or created an account at some point. Not only does it cause clutter in my inbox and mind, it takes time to remove these emails daily, which causes stress as I avoid the temptation of the “electronics sale,” etc.
So for the past week, I’ve taken just a few minutes a day to “unsubscribe.” I already feel freer, and its helping me resist the temptation of buying online. It’s also saving me time, I no longer have to delete so many emails each day.
My next small step is being healthier. I’m not ready for a drastic change, it would cause me stress. Removing all carbs from my diet would make me miserable. But I try to make small changes that will foster a healthier lifestyle. I’ve been to the gym everyday this week, but I’ve never set up an actual goal for working out.
My last small step is savings. I am not the best saver. It is hard to resist spending $7 for lunch, $10 on a shirt, or $30 on a deal on Amazon. Even though those amounts are small, they add up and I’ve come to realize that I spend hundreds every month unnecessarily. I came across a small savings plan that would help me sock away some funds this year without feeling it (see below). And by “unsubscribing” from those tempting sales emails, it is becoming easier to avoid those deals online. I also am actively avoiding stores.
My Savings Plan: Here is how to easily save $5k in a year.
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I feel confident that these small steps will help me actually reach those larger goals without stress, discomfort, or feelings of failure.