So how does a person get started on simplifying her life? Not just for summer, but in a lasting, meaningful way?
Here’s what the experts say…
(Note: These are the easy ones.)
What’s most important to you? What do you value most? What 4-5 things do you most want to do in your life? Simplifying starts with these priorities, as you are trying to make room in your life so you have more time for these things.
Evaluate your commitments. Look at everything you’ve got going on in your life. Everything, from work to home to civic to kids’ activities to hobbies to side businesses to other projects. Think about which of these really gives you value, which ones you love doing. Which of these are in line with the 4-5 most important things you listed above? Drop those that aren’t in line with those things.
Evaluate your time. How do you spend your day? What things do you do, from the time you wake up to the time you go to sleep? Make a list, and evaluate whether they’re in line with your priorities. If not, eliminate the things that aren’t, and focus on what’s important. Redesign your day.
(Note: And here is the hardest one of all…)
Learn to say no. Always ask: Will this simplify my life? If the answer is no, reconsider. This is actually one of the key habits for those trying to simplify their lives.
Sigh. They make it sound so easy.