Ralph Waldo Emerson quote, “We are always getting ready to live, but never living,”
There are really only two steps to keeping life simple:
- Identify what’s most important to you.
- Eliminate everything else.
Here are some places to start:
- Make a list of your top 4-5 important things. What do you value most or things you most want to do in your life?
- Evaluate your commitments. Think about which of these really gives you value, which ones you love doing. Which are in line with the 4-5 most important things you listed above?
- Evaluate your time. Make a list of how you spend your time, and evaluate whether they support your priorities. Remember to focus on what’s important. Eliminate what is not.
- Simplify tasks. Focus on the essential tasks and delete the rest.
- Learn to say no. This is a key habit to simplify life.
- Limit your communications. Put a limit on your communications: only do email at certain times of the day and for a certain amount of time – for example.
- Purge your stuff. Devote a weekend to eliminating things you don’t want or hold no personal value. Really love what you have – and let go of what you don’t. It feels terrific!
- While you are at it – Simplify your wardrobe. Create a minimal wardrobe and focus on simple styles and a few colors that match each other.
- Limit your buying habits. Buy less. Less stuff and less spending. Leave less of a footprint on the earth.
- Do what you love and with those you love. Spend time doing things you love. Go back to your list of 4-5 important things – and do those.
- Be present. Live in the moment. Be of life and feel is going on around you and within you. Pay full attention to what you are doing and where you are. Quit rushing.
- Exercise each day and eat healthy.
- Find your creative self. Writing, poetry, painting, music, drawing, creating movies, designing websites, dance, whatever. Self-expression makes life more fulfilling.
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