My list yesterday about the things that were really important to me was fairly short. I listed five. The list of things that I am doing was over twenty. My life is too complicated. How about yours? So consider these:
Let’s look at our time commitments. How are we you spending our time each day? In that list of things we do, how much time do we spend on each before we stop of the day and rest? Let’s make a list, and evaluate whether they’re in line with our priorities. If not, eliminate the things that aren’t, and focus on what’s important. Redesign your day. I know, easier said than done. We can redesign one or two things to start with and work from there.
Next, let’s look at our work day and our tasks at home. Our work is made up of various tasks. If we simply try to complete all the tasks on our to-do list, we’ll never get everything done, and worse yet, we’ll never get the important work done. Let’s focus on the essential tasks and eliminate the rest. If we prioritize the things we do best, like best, and have the greatest impact it will become clear.
In the same way we can look at our tasks at home. Think about all the things you have to do at home. Sometimes our tasks at home are as long as our work list. We’ll never get them all done. Is the house too big, too much yard, too much extra stuff in closets and basements and garages. We actually need less. Our economy is based on you buying stuff but hold on – we control our economy. Our economy includes the economy of our time. Focus on what’s most important, and try to find ways to eliminate the other tasks. Sometimes hiring help is cheaper than what it would cost you to pay home association dues in a condo.
As I said tester day we need to learn to say no more often. This is actually one of the KEY behaviors we must learn in order to simplify our lives. If we can’t say no, there will be too much of everything in our life. I’m going to spend more time on this later because it one of the hardest things to learn. We can learn the power of NO without hurting others and becoming hermits. Just remember to say yes to the most important things (like my blog.)
“See to it that no one takes you captive by philosophy and empty deceit, according to human tradition, according to the elemental spirits of the world, and not according to Christ.” Colossians 2:8