Simplify Your Life
Clear away distractions and focus on the essential.
Look over the lists you made yesterday and reflect on the following:
- How did you feel dropping the excess things on your list?
- Were you even able to drop stuff?
- If not, what is keeping you from dropping them?
- Do you worry that you are going to miss out on something somehow?
- If you did drop stuff, do you feel you have more time for those things on your first list now?
Think about how you feel. If you were not able to drop things from your responsibilities, think about why, if it is because you are scared to, or because you think you love it all.
Time is sacred and should be used wisely. The notion that we have to do everything in life, see everything, and go everywhere is natural, but not essential for a fulfilling life.
It can make our head spin, and distract us from the things we truly love.
“I have just three things to teach: simplicity, patience, compassion. These three are your greatest treasures.”
~ Lao Tzu
Simplifying your life can do great things for your mind, body, and soul. Here are a few ways in which less really is more:
Simplifying your surroundings simplifies your mind.
Decluttering your home and work space can lead to a less cluttered mind. These visual distractions pull on us in more ways than we realize.
An organization study done by Office Depot in 2006 showed that 76% of employees questioned reported losing time to disorder.
As we learn to simplify and save time, we are able to maximize the potential in our lives.
Multitasking can be counter productive.
We all multitask, and some of us even take pride in being good at it. While we may think that we are saving time by doing more than one thing at once, we are actually wasting it.
Our brains cannot take in two separate actions that require some amount of brainpower and attention.Therefore, although we may be physically doing two things, our brain cannot encode both of them into our memory.
Not only are we not able to gain much information from these actions, but chances are we are not completing them to the best of our abilities.
With multitasking there is no focus, and with no focus, there is no conducive productivity.
Shopping isn’t therapy. It’s a bad habit.
Most of us tend to shop way more than we need to. We buy things that we don’t need, wasting away our hard earned money and time.
Sure we get the initially high that something new can bring, but eventually that high passes because it’s only temporary.
By getting in the habit of chasing something that is temporary, you end up with a home filled with stuff that isn’t contributing to your happiness.
On the contrary, its cluttered nature is going to cause you stress and anxiety. It’s not how few things we own that matters. It’s whether we make those things count.