Step 9: Eight Steps to Simplify Your Life

Life isn’t usually very simple. There are few straight lines from Point A to Point B. We like to make goals, but accomplishing them is another story, altogether.

Have you ever considered why life can be so complicated? Well, there are probably a million and one reasons for you, and an entirely different million and one reasons for me. However, we probably have at least one thing in common.

We do too much.

It’s a common scourge of the average mom. We try to do too much while organizing too much while running too much while being everything to everyone. It’s impossible.

So, stop it.

Stop doing too much. Pick what’s most important to you, and focus on it.

Stop collecting too much stuff. Clear out the crowded shelf or countertop or drawer.

Stop running around. Not everything needs our physical presence.

Stop being everything to everyone. Concentrate on your most important relationships – your spouse and your children.

Let’s consider 8 Steps to Simplify Your Life:

  1. Limit possessionsIt can’t be said often enough, too many material possessions complicate our lives to a greater degree than we ever give them credit. They drain our bank account, our energy, and our attention. They keep us from the ones we love and from living a life based on our values. Get rid of your excess clutter and stop buying more just to fill the space.
  2. Reduce time commitments: Most of us have filled our days full from beginning to end with time commitments: work, home, kid’s activities, community events, church, hobbies. Release yourself from the time commitments that are not in line with your greatest values.
  3. Make fewer goals: Reduce the number of major goals to one or two. By focusing on one or two important goals, you will improve your focus and the effort needed to accomplish your goal.
  4. Stamp out negative thoughts: Resentment, bitterness, hate, and jealousy will not improve your quality of life. Take responsibility for your mind. Forgive past hurts and replace negative thoughts with positive ones.
  5. Watch your words: Gossip and mis-spoken words do more to damage relationships than anything else. Common sense dictates that you should think before you speak, and in the words of most Southern grandmas, “If you can’t say something nice, don’t say anything at all.”
  6. Stop screen time: Television, movies, video games, and technology affect your life more than you think. Media rearranges your values and dominates your life, not to mention the profound impact it has on your attitude and outlook. Turn off the TV, smartphone, and game consoles. Get outside where the real action is.
  7. Invest in important relationsips: Relationships with others are good. But relationships with everyone is overwhelming. Your spouse and your children or other close family members are the most important relationships you should have. Pick your friends wisely because you become who you hang out with.
  8. Avoid multi-tasking: Research indicates that multi-tasking increases stress and lowers productivity. Handle one important or big task at a time. Do it well. And when it is complete, move to the next.

It’s easy to say these things and much harder to do them. If you need accountability or a better step-by-step guide for decluttering your home, check out Becoming Minimalist’s online course, Uncluttered. This 12-week course will take you from drowning in stuff to a fresh start that leaves you feeling freer and happier. You’ll gain freedom from the stuff that owns you and simplify your life. Is there even a price tag for that?

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