“Keep it simple” is a phrase used in so many different ways. It is good advice that applies to many day-to-day activities. When making my New Year resolutions, for instance, I find that ‘keeping it simple’ helps me to be very clear and concise about my intentions, planning and implementation. My effort to do at least one thing for health and happiness each and every day is another good example of my determination to ‘keep it simple’ in 2009. I do at least one thing each and every day for health and happiness – goals and tasks ranging from exercise and eating healthy food to writing daily and shooting photographs (two of my passions). Often I discover that I have taken 10, 20, 30, or more small steps toward health and happiness after that initial ‘one step’. Another example: A nice, clean, simple desk helps to keep me focused and on-task during the workday. That is why I make a point to clear my desk before I ‘call it a day’. A clear desk in the morning helps me to work efficiently and maintain organization in my tasks.
I intend to apply that same concept to my overall day-to-day activities. This year I am making a concerted effort to ‘Simplify My Life’, identify what is truly important, and focus less on what is ‘not important’ – as part of my 365-day effort to take small, measurable, manageable, steps toward my dreams, resolutions and daily goals. Here is my preliminary Top 10 List Of Ways To Simplify My Life, in random order – most intentions have been underway since last Fall:
1. Get rid of the stuff I don’t need or use. This is a room-by-room project that I am implementing throughout the year in an effort to better organize my house, make it more serene, and user-friendly.
2. De-clutter and organize my house during Spring and Summer cleaning. I need to tackle my utility room and shed. Better organization will make it easier to find things.
3. Stop buying unnecessary stuff. I already have enough!
4. Re-organize my office. My desk is clean, but it’s time to focus on shelves and closets. Ten years ago, I truly simplified by incorporating my ‘office and work’ into my home and I continue to work from home much of the time.
5. Reduce my magazine subscriptions, and have newspapers delivered strictly on Saturday and Sunday, to free up more of my time (too many newspapers and magazines are going un-read).
6. Make time for ‘me’ to walk, exercise, read, relax, take small adventures, shoot photos, write, and do all the things I ‘love to do’. It’s time to spend more time on ‘me’, period. “Taking good care of yourself is not selfish.” Repeat that mantra as many times as it is necessary to live it day-to-day.
7. Review how I am spending my valuable time at work, at home, at play and set priorities. There are only 24-hours in the day and my time is worth its weight in gold. Once it is spent, I can never ‘go back for seconds’. Spend time wisely!
8. Make time to meditate, do Yoga, slow down, and live more consciously and deliberately – in the moment – every single day, not just ‘occasionally’.
9. Pay attention to ‘all things great and small’ in my day: Stop to smell the roses, listen to the birds, listen to the music, give more hugs, show more smiles, and really participate. No sleep-walking allowed.
10. Organize and de-clutter my computer and all my electronics. A recent computer crash is giving this task a greater sense of urgency!
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