From outings with friends to work obligations and running errands on the weekends, over-scheduling yourself and balancing commitments can leave you exhausted and with very little time to yourself. It’s time to learn how to simplify your life by eliminating some of the commitments you have signed up for. Chances are there are a few obligations you can eliminate, giving yourself time to focus on what matters most – YOU!
How to Simplify Your Life
- Identify Your Top Priorities: Write down your top priorities and include everything you believe to be critical in your life right now. Next, choose the top ten items from that list, focusing on the items you want to build your life around. Next, and this is the tough part, get that top ten list to a top five list. Determine which items can be eliminated, automated, or delegated to someone else.
- Learn to Say “No”: Your time is valuable and limited, but we all seem to say, “yes” a bit too much. Before we know it, our schedules are packed and we spread ourselves too thin. Start to get a bit more selfish about what you sign up for by saying “no” more. At first, you may feel uncomfortable or like you are letting someone down, but reference your top priorities identified (see above) to help fuel your choices and devote your time to what matters to you.
- Use Your Vacation Days: The pressures of work might have you accruing weeks of vacation time. No one gets a prize for having the most vacation days at the end of the year; this is time you have earned and time you should use! Do not commit to taking a vacation “someday in the future,” do it now. Decide on where to go and book it today. What are you waiting for?
- Turn off Technology: Believe it or not, your device is a commitment. You commit to checking email, social media and more, all on your phone. Learn how to simplify your life by committing to less tech time, based on what makes sense for you. Go for a neighborhood walk, go to dinner with friends, or spend your Saturday completely without your phone. You may feel naked and insecure at first but will begin to connect to everything happening around you on a much deeper level.
- De-clutter your home and office: We are all guilty of letting the things we own weigh us down. Have you ever imagined your life with two pairs of pants, two shirts, two shoes and not much else? It is an extreme example, but, having too many things can clutter our headspace and distract us from focusing on what really matters. Take some time to de-clutter your home and office, outfitting each space with only the essentials. This change to your environment will allow you to focus on the things that really matter.
Learning how to simplify your life will help declutter your mind. Continue to clear out your life by clearing the negative energy from your home.