They say it's the compiling of all the little, trivial, things that cause the most stress in a person's life. If you just take the time to mind the little things, it will carry over into all the important places.
So here are some of my New Years Resolutions for 2009. My first small step in minding the little things. (I've written them in 2nd person in case they speak to you as well... so sue me, I'm a week late...):
1. Stop thinking resolutions just set people up for failure. This one is crucial to insure success with the rest of the list.
2. Stop procrastinating. This probably carries over into every aspect of your life:
a. Work. Live a snooze-button free life. Give yourself some time to wake up and get ready while still being on time.
b. Music. When you have free time, don't put off finishing a song or playing guitar because it requires you to leave the warmth of your couch and the glow of the television screen.
c. Overall. When you see something you have to do, do it then. If that isn't possible, make a note of it and do it asap. Hypothetical example: putting off registering your car and renewing your license causes hours at the dmv and layers of late fees.
3. Be more organized. A classic and broad resolution. "A place for everything and everything in it's place". Take the extra 2 minutes it takes to put something where it belongs... don't put it off and let it end up in a towering pisa pile of "stuff that needs to go somewhere else". Refer to resolution 2.
4. Exercise on the weekends too. You may already go to the (free) gym at work about 3 times a week, but staying immobile and/or idle through the weekends stifles your flow and makes it hard to get going when the week starts over.
For clutter sake, lets simplify these even further. Don't be lazy! Help yourself out.
:) Happy New Year