There are so many things that complicate our life. Perceived and read demands from work and home, so we’re going to continue to look at the step by step process. It may need to be repeated often but let’s try. This is a good time of year to begin to work on some of them when the busy schedule of holidays complicates things even more for most people:
Limit our communications. Our lives these days are filled with a constant flow of communications: email, messages, cell phones, Twitter, Facebook – so much to process. It can take up the entire day if we let it take over. It’s scary how much time is spent on social media. It’s so easy too. Take a picture – Instagram. Check on all our friends birthdays (who was that again – how do I know them?) Ding, IM. Let’s limit our communications: only do email at certain times during the day – people need to learn some email etiquette. Here is an interesting article about this very subject: http://www.101emailetiquettetips.com/
Let’s train ourselves not to respond instantly to instant messages unless they are an emergency. People move on. IM a couple of times a day, for a limited amount of time. Limit phone calls to certain times too. Same with any other communications. Stick to a schedule as much as possible. Control our schedule instead of the schedule controlling us.
The next one is like this last one, let’s limit our media consumption. I believe that the media in our lives — TV, radio, Internet, online news, magazines, these are legion — can come to dominate our lives. Don’t let it. If we are truly simplifying our life and our information consumption let’s reduce it. Most of us have close to an addiction with media. When was the last time you took a “fast” from media. Try it for a weekend or a day.
What about this weekend? Purge some stuff. During Lent last year there was a social media event when a lot of people were giving away a sack a day. How about if we one closet or one box in the basement this weekend and do that till the end of the year. What would things look like? I think we’ll feel better about ourselves. Get some boxes and buy some trash bags for the stuff you want to donate or toss. Look up “decluttering” on the web – there are some helpful guides. I read another one the other day called “starting small.” Seriously good ideas.
How about this as an approach – get rid of one big item. A little bit of clutter is all over the place in our life, but if we start with a big item or two, it will seem like we are simplifying right away – and in a big way. Ok, where is that coffee table that is sitting in the basement? I’m loading it up – bye.
“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9