Have you ever noticed in life how distracted you can become? The dentist appointment for your son this afternoon. There is a community association meeting tonight. You need to pick up a few grocery items for your parents to help them out as they don’t get around as well now. Walking at lunch is something you like to do, but you are in the busy season at work and you are combining your lunch and answering emails to keep up. The zumba class won’t be happening because you offered to drive your coworker to the garage to pickup their car from servicing. So many things that distract and primarily done in many cases for others’ benefit! How do you bring back your own priority into your life? Let’s look at different ways on how to live simply.
Are you tired? Is being pulled in several directions the norm for you? Forgetting about things because there is so much on your plate? Are you feeling resentful that you deal with everyone else’s issues before your own? If you are feeling some of those things it could mean that you have too many things in your life to do. It’s a good idea to identify what is expected of you and ask yourself, “how can I live simply?”
Understand Your Worth
If you are doing all of these things day in and day out, where does your own personal life fit into it? Do you have things you would like to do or achieve in your life? Do you want to lose weight, but don’t ever have time for it? Exercise and meal planning. Time for your self-care? Are these things ending up at the bottom of the to-do list? Do you feel like you are worthy? If you are having trouble answering that question, let me answer it for you. You are! You are worth it and it’s time to make yourself a priority!
How To Live Simply
I came to this point in my own life several years ago. I knew I had too many things on my plate and it was interfering with my own well being. How I wanted to live my life. I came across a book that forever changed me. It’s called, “Living The Simple Life” by Elaine St. James. She and her husband were living a very fast-paced lifestyle with no time to enjoy the things they wanted or their time together. I was so entranced with the book, I wrote an article about it. It’s called, “Living The Simple Life-25 Years Later”
Living Simply Tips
Once you know that this is the spot you are in–that you need to simplify your life, here are some tips that can get you started.
Know Where Your Time Goes
This is a process called time-blocking. It helps you identify where your time specifically goes in a day. Use a full day schedule with times from midnight to midnight. There are many of these you can download from the internet for free. Do one for each day of the week. It doesn’t have to be exact, but as close to reality as it is. Include times for driving, meal prep and cleanup afterward.
What Things Do You Want To Do?
Now identify specific things you’d like to do personally. For most of you reading this, this will probably have to do with building and living a healthy lifestyle for one. What things are a priority for you to live a healthy lifestyle? Maybe it’s exercise, meal planning, journaling, building more quality sleep. It could be engaging in a hobby you enjoy. Maybe meeting with coffee with the girls weekly. Just make a note of what you need for yourself.
How To Implement Your Needs
Now you need to look at your time blocking schedule. Where are the open spots? What spots are flexible and could be changed to another time or day? Could any of these tasks be reduced in time required? Can the tasks be applied to someone else? Do you have any occupied spots right now that you know don’t really serve you and could be deleted? Apply what you need to do into the time block!
Follow A Schedule
Now it’s great to have a schedule and all, but you have to implement it to make it work. Try and stick as close as you can to your schedule. There will be things that override your schedule from time to time such as emergencies, rush hour traffic. Things you have no control over. When you do follow a schedule, you will be amazed at what you can accomplish for your own well-being. You will feel good for what you are doing for yourself and be more motivated to keep up the trend!
Be Empowered For Your Change
This is a big change you are making and congratulations for taking the big step forward. It is exciting and yes, there is fear of it. You are making a real statement here! You are empowered to take control of your life, even when others in your life may not understand.
Maybe you’ll take lunch away from your desk instead of working through lunch at your cubicle. Walk in the neighborhood for exercise and just to clear your mind. Instead of rushing around in the morning to get the kids going to school and get yourself going too, you’ll make lunches the night before to make it easier. Are there tasks some of your family can do? Empty the dishwasher. Set the table. Take out the garbage. What about your better half? Could they help you out? Pick up milk at the grocery store on their way home so you don’t miss Zumba.
It’s important that those who are in your life to understand what’s happening here. Make them aware of what you are doing and asking for their help. Make it clear that this is your intention and you will be making changes that may affect some conveniences for all of them. With everyone’s help, you can ultimately help each other and nothing invariably has to change as a result.
Planning Out A Simple Life
You are a valuable priority. If that is something you don’t see right now, but it’s something you want, you will need to make some changes. Simplifying your life can bring those needed changes to the forefront. It can be exciting and scary all at once. Believe in yourself and be empowered for positive changes you make in your life. Embrace the new activities you are bringing forth for yourself. Say goodbye to those things that no longer serve you like overcommitting yourself. Everything doesn’t have to lay on your shoulders. You can live simply and live your best life without the overwhelm. Know the changes that need to be made and go for it!
After years of weight issues, I have finally found the formula of combining healthy food choices, regular exercise and positive behavior change to lose weight for good. Coupled with, exploring self-development, being productive and living simply, I am now maintaining a healthy lifestyle and in a good place. I enjoy writing articles to help my readers to become the best they can be!