January 23, 2012

How To Simplify Your Life

Simplification can be a scary term. I don't know about you, but I'm more willing to say yes to new things than no which means my plate is continuously overflowing.

Yes, I'll raise money for this charity and this one and this one, oh and that one too. Yes, I'll come to your birthday party. Yes, I'll research that for you. Yes, I'll participate in these blog memes. Yes, I'll take a look at that for you. Yes, I'll listen. Yes, I'll be happy to answer your questions. Yes, I have a life.

With all that is accessible to us thanks to technology these days, opportunities are seemingly endless. There is always a new social app to try out, more ways to share your life and photos, more networks to be a part of. I am incredibly guilty of wanting to be a part of it all so I don't miss out on anything, when really I am missing out on something big - my own life.

It's so easy to get wrapped up in the latest trends that you forget to take care of what's most important and I've been soul-searching for a solution. Today, I found one. ThinkSimpleNow.com published an article titled "Simplify Your Life This Year" and every bit of it rung true for me.

The main point they made is that you need to make a firm commitment to the most important things in your life. They suggest narrowing it down to three things. Of course that doesn't mean you only limit yourself to only those three things, but it does mean that your focus should remain on ensuring those are fulfilled before anything else. In order to decide on the three, they provided five questions to ask yourself.

What are the three things most important to my life?
How much time am I currently devoting towards them in a day/week?
How much time do I want to start dedicating towards them to justify their importance?
What do I need to do to make that happen?
What am I willing to let go so that I have more time for it?

I'm going to take a few days to answer these questions myself. I'll be sure to share them here when I'm ready. If you're feeling the same as I have been lately, I hope this helps.

If you're interested, read the full article on ThinkSimpleNow.com!

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