Most success-minded individuals, the kind who read blogs, are constantly looking for ways to simplify their daily lives. This desire comes from a realization that focusing on what matters most is the ultimate road to happiness. Here, then, are some ways to simplify your daily life.
- “Visualize” your ideal day on paper. The first step is to realize what exactly is important to you. Determine your values, set your goals, then lay out your ideal lifestyle. What time would you get up in the morning? What would you do first? Next? After that? What time would you take lunch? What would you do in the afternoon? How would you spend your evenings? Once you’ve established your ideal day, do everything within your power to make it happen. That might mean slowing down, delegating, hiring someone to help you, or just saying no to those things you really don’t want to do. Which brings me to my next point . . .
- Learn to say No. It’s okay to say, “I am obligated elsewhere,” even if that elsewhere is just you, reading a good book. Being good to yourself should be one of your obligations. Say No to those activities that are not important to you.
- Don’t do anything someone else can do for you. I’m not talking here about shirking your responsibilities at home or making your spouse’s life miserable because you won’t do your share of the chores. What I’m talking about here is letting the cleaners press your shirts. Take your car to a professional car wash. Hire a service to clean your house and/or do the yard work. There are people who want to do those types of jobs and will probably do them much better than you. It’s good for the economy, and will simplify your life. Just try it for a week and see if you like it.
- De-clutter. Yeah, I know, here I go again. But seriously, peaceful surroundings really do simplify things for you. I’ve also found that throwing away (recycling) or giving away old magazines rids me of the guilt of not getting around to reading them. A clean car is much nicer to drive around. A spotless office is much easier to work in. A clean house is a haven of rest.
- Practice solitude on a regular basis. Relax, breathe deeply, and let your mind float, wandering from subject to subject, with no pressure or direction. You’ll get your most inspired ideas this way and further discern what is truly important to you.
- Let silence ring. To increase breathing space in your life, leave things off, like the television, radio, and car radio. Create periods of silence in your life so that your mind can relax and function better. I find it much simpler to work with just the sound of my water fountain flowing.
- Make a commitment to yourself. Do something, anything, today, to begin to simplify your life. Once you take the first step, you will find yourself automatically propelled into taking action after action, creating a simpler, more relaxed and inspired life. What’s more, is that in no time at all, you will have your life completely under control.
I have found that living an inspired life, doing those things, moment by moment, that I feel strongly motivated to do by my inner being, is the most blissful way to live. But I can’t do that if I’m bogged down with commitments I’ve made out of guilt or a false sense of obligation to someone else. Those tasks further prevent me from taking time out to listen to my true self. When you eliminate confusion, everything becomes clear. Clear, and simple.
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This post was written by Debra Moorhead, Motivation, Education, Inspiration on June 4, 2007