Ways to Simplify Your Life
this very fast-paced world, it seems impossible
to simplify our lives. But consider this: how
much time and energy do you waste on the unnecessary?
How much time do you waste because you can't find
things? How much energy do you waste telling yourself
all the things you should do?
often make life much more complicated than
it needs to be and somehow we convince ourselves
that our lives must be filled to the max.
We over-schedule our lives, and then wonder
why we feel dissatisfied. In turn, we end
up spending the majority of our time on
the things that don't matter to us.
are some strategies to help you weed out
the unnecessary and simplify, simplify,
Extend your boundaries
It is okay to say no. If you are not comfortable
committing to a task, or something doesn't feel
right to you, then don't do it. We often get in
trouble because we ignore our gut feelings, and
most of the time it leads us down the wrong path.
Drop your to-do's
Drop the to-do's that have been on your list for
a couple of months. Get rid of those tasks that
you keep telling yourself that you will get done
but you always find something more interesting/important
to do. If you have not done them by now, they
are not important and are merely draining your
How much time do you waste looking for things?
Do you have stuff that you need to get rid of?
The more cluttered your space is, the more stressed
you are going to feel. When you remove clutter,
get rid of stuff that you no longer need, and
your life will run more smoothly. In addition,
you will create a space for new things to enter
Define your values
Determine what your values are and live to those
values. We often feel conflicted because how we
are living is out of sync with our values. For
example, if your number one value is family and
your job requires you to work 65 hours a week,
is it any wonder that you feel unsettled and unhappy?
When you're clear about what is important to you,
it will be easier to let go of things that don't
Examine your Beliefs
What are your core beliefs? Some of your beliefs
maybe limiting your ability to let go of tasks
and projects that don't add value. If you believe
that you create value by being busy, it is much
harder to let go of tasks. If you believe that
the only way to make money is to work hard, then
you will always work hard. Remember, we look for
circumstances in our lives to reinforce what we
Determine one or two things you want to accomplish
within the next year for your career/business,
home life, relationships, and self. Work only
to those priorities. If your goal is to develop
a new income-generating product line, then that
is where you should spend significant time focusing
very easy to get distracted from our priorities,
because there is so much information out
there that attracts our interests. How often
do you get diverted to other projects and
never finish what you were originally working
on? What happens? The year goes by and you
did not accomplish any of your objectives.
When new ideas do excite us, get an idea
notebook and write all of your new ideas
down for future projects. One note, if you
find yourself working on everything but
your stated priorities, it may be time to
reexamine what you think you want.
Give yourself permission to relax
We live in a culture that has taught us that relaxing
is the equivalent to being lazy so we have created
lives that are bursting at the seams and don't
give us time to think. There is another way. Give
yourself permission to relax. Revel in doing nothing.
Give yourself time to just think and do nothing.
You will be amazed at all the new and interesting
discoveries that come to you.
If you are struggling - let it go
If something is a real struggle, or you can't
come up with a solution, drop it for a while.
Giving yourself a mental break will allow your
brain to rest and therefore create new ideas.
Have you ever woken up in the middle of the night
and had an aha? This happens for two reasons,
1) because you are relaxed, and 2) because you
were not trying to direct your brain's thoughts.
Giving yourself a mental break from a challenge
is a great way to consciously create that aha.
Take care of yourself
Isn't it funny that we take better care of our
cars than our bodies? Take care of your body and
mind. Eat things that bring you a sense of energy
and lightness. Eat to fuel your body. Exercise
your body to reduce stress and clear your mind.
Exercise your brain with new activities. This
will go a long way in helping you feel more calm
Why is it so hard for us to have fun? Make time
each week to do something that brings you joy.
Do something completely silly. Have fun with yourself.
Laugh. Forget all the other stuff for a while
and just have fun. You will feel a whole lot better.
Ottolino works with individuals
and corporations to help people take action
in their personal and professional life.
She specializes in coaching on communication
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