Simplify Your Life by Erika T. Kendrick
We are all familiar with the old adage that admonishes us to “keep it simple,” but how often do we actually incorporate it into our lives? Unfortunately, we tend to deplete our joy with complication and in doing so, things become even more complicated. Simplicity frees up time to take care of the things that matter. You may be wondering, “So how can I start to simplify my life?” I’m glad you’ve asked…
- Spread your tasks over a specified time period. Don’t try to fit everything into one day. The world wasn’t completed in one day, so what makes us think we can?
- Make “To Do” lists your best friend. They not only remind you of what needs to be done, but they keep you focused on your task.
- Set a maximum of 2 goals per month. List the required steps in order to reach your goal and target dates for completing the steps.
- Solicit the help of a friend. But beware, you want to choose someone who is motivated differently than yourself. For example, if you find difficulty getting started, solicit a friend who is a quick starter.
- Do only what you do well, and delegate the rest.
- Choose your battles wisely. Refrain from complaining about everything. That way when you have a legitimate complaint, people will listen.
- Reduce multitasking when appropriate. Research shows that tasks are better performed when completed successively as opposed to all at once.
- Limit yourself to 2-3 choices. The more choices we have, the more stressed we become, in turn leaving us less satisfied with the choice that we do make.
- Stay active. Incorporate exercise into your life. Even if it’s just walking up & down the stairs a few times in the morning, that is still activity.
- Don’t strive to be perfect, but always do the best that you can – given the situation.
Remember, you can make more time available just by simplifying the things you already do and in doing so, you will have time to enjoy the things that matter. © 2010 Erika T. Kendrick, LPC, NCC | Erika T. Kendrick is a Licensed Professional Counselor as well as a National Certified Counselor in the State of NJ. Any questions or comments can be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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