Did you know that this is National Simplify Your Life Week?
You may already know what items or activities you could eject, but knowing how to remove them is the stumbling block. In the spirit of National Simplify Your Life Week, here are two steps that will help you move towards having a simplified environment and lifestyle, and thus more time and energy for the things you need and want to do.
Find your incentive. Why do you need things to be simpler? –> Being clear on your goals means you are able to make decisions more easily. The easiest way to find your incentive is to think about your life goals and work backwards. For example:
- If you want a healthy retirement, what can you be doing now to make sure you are healthy when you retire?
- If you want to give your kids a loving and supportive home environment, what would it take to accomplish that?
- If you want a life partner, what could you do to make that happen?
- If you want to leave a legacy, what steps will you put into place to make it happen?
You may not come up with answers that are immediately easy to implement, but if you unpack them, you’ll find steps within them that will help you work towards those goals. (TIP: It helps to put these thoughts onto paper, or talk your reasons through with your spouse or a close friend.)
Take an honest look at your commitments. –> Establishing your boundaries also contributes to making decisions more easily. For example:
- Which commitments are truly essential to achieving your life goals?
- Which can you graciously bow out of?
- Before taking on a new commitment, ask yourself “Is this the most important or valuable thing I could be doing to get me to my goals?”
OKAY, I HEAR YOU…
“What do life goals and calendar commitments have to do with clutter and organizing?” Well, ‘organized thinking’ is just as important as de-cluttering and organizing your possessions, papers and computer files. The reason is that planning (in other words, organized thinking) can often make an organizing project far more successful than just making a stab at it here and there. (Think: an organized kitchen = healthy eating; morning routines = less stress for kids.) Another reason is that, if you see the connection between what you do now and what you want to accomplish in the future, you are more likely to be committed to de-cluttering and organizing your home because it supports your goals.
I’d be happy to arrange a Virtual (remote) Organizing session to coach you – through a short exercise and a few questions – as you identify your life goals and review your commitments. A great next step would be a second Virtual Organizing session to identify ways to organize your home and your to-do list to support you in achieving your goals. Contact me for details.
Whether on your own, or through Virtual Organizing sessions, these steps will kick-start a more simplified and enjoyable home and lifestyle!