Posted by: Nici | 28 March, 2009

Your Life . . . Simplified

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If you are like many people these days, you feel your days are so full that you do not have the time to do the things you really want to do in life. Taking time to stop and smell the roses just seems like a pipe dream. Well, it is not as hard as you may think. It is all about simplifying.

1) Disconnect from technology. We are connected to so many different types of technology that sometimes it can feel very overwhelming. Disconnecting does not mean getting get rid of your cell phone, pager or e-mail. It just means setting boundaries. Here are a few suggestions. Screen calls using caller ID. Let your answering machine or voice mail take some of your calls. On your automated greeting, make it clear when you are available and when you are not available. Turn off your cell phone and use it only when you need to call someone. Set aside a specific time each day to answer email or phone messages.

2) Lessen information overload. Because the sources for getting information are unlimited, narrow your focus. Otherwise you will be loading information into your brain 24/7! Cut back on the number of publications you subscribe to. Limit yourself on the number of websites you visit for information. Focus solely on the main sources of information you rely on the most.

3) Watch less television. Did you ever think about how much time you and your family spend watching television on a daily basis? Cut the number of hours the TV is on by asking yourself what activities you could be doing with your family instead. Decide on what programs to watch and turn the TV off when the programs are over.

4) Find a private sanctuary. Make it a spot where you find peace and solitude, whether it is a bedroom, a patio or wherever. Set aside a few minutes each day to spend in your sanctuary. Sit and relax, do nothing or meditate.

5) Take the most difficult task of a project and complete it first. By getting the hardest tasks done and out of the way, you can concentrate on other tasks and not worry about the hard ones any more.

6) Eliminate a good amount of the paper you receive. Reduce the number of catalogs you are receiving by tearing off the name/address label and mailing it with a ‘please remove me from your list’ note to the catalog.

7) Get rid of clutter. Having too much stuff causes stress, because clutter takes time and effort to maintain and it distracts our attention from other things. Donating, selling or giving away unwanted and unused items are great ways of simplifying space and giving someone else the opportunity to put your items to good use.

8) Ditch debt. Debt is a big stress for many people. Look at consolidating and making one payment. Create a budget and focus on paying off your debt. Hide your credit cards and do not use them until you are debt free. Look at ways to curb spending by tracking your current spending habits. Devise a plan to save for your future. If you feel overwhelmed by the prospect of putting all of this together yourself, consult a certified financial advisor.

9) Automate your billing. Setting up an automated billing account with your bank is easy and takes only a few minutes to set up. Having the money withdrawn automatically from your account eliminates the time it takes for you to sit down and write out checks and send them out manually each month.

10) Be spontaneous. Break away from the day-to-day routine now and then and just do something different. Do something that you want to do. Allow yourself to be totally spontaneous. This will make you feel more in control. Your spirits will immediately be lifted and you will feel energized.

11) Make a list. Put all of your current activities and tasks into two columns, 1)things you enjoy and 2) things you do not enjoy. Sit back and take an honest look at the list. How can you increase the first column and reduce the second column? Revisit the list from time to time.

Understand that simplifying your life is an ongoing process. Continue to learn new ways to simplify to make your life less stressful and more enjoyable.

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  1. This blog’s great!! Thanks :).

  2. Thank you! *Blushes*


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