If you think you’re too busy to simplify, that’s exactly why you should Schedule Time to Simplify.
When someone asks you how you’re doing, what’s your first response?
If it’s something along the lines of “Oh … I’m soooooooooo busy” then you’re wearing the Badge of Busy like it’s some kind of honor, something to be bragged about. Well … it’s not.
Being “busy” just means you’re engaged in activities. It doesn’t mean those are productive activities. It doesn’t mean that you’re actually getting important things done. It just means you’re awake and breathing for most of the day.
Your natural inclination to automatically discuss your busyness is a very good reason to simplify your life. Wouldn’t it be much more fun to be able to say “Oh …. I’m so content with my life. I have the time, money, and energy to get all of the things done that I have to, need to, and want to do.” Of course that’s a long winded answer, but you get the idea.
You may be saying to yourself “well Gina … that’s all great and wonderful, but if I’m too busy to get all of the things done then how the heck am I going to have time to work on simplifying?”
and that’s EXACTLY why you need to take the time to do it !!!
Most of us don’t need more things to do, but simplifying is worth it. It’s literally helping your future self and I hope you love your future self enough to want to help them. It may take a little more time, energy, and money now, but it’s so worth it to have that feeling of contentment that a simplified life brings.
Here’s a few ways you can actually schedule time to simplify …
Take a few minutes at the end of the day
I’m a morning person. Always have been, always will be. So I know my highest energy levels are in the morning and my evenings need to be more relaxing, BUT each evening I schedule in a few minutes (less than 15) to straighten up the house. It’s so much easier to get it done when I’m not rushing around trying to get other stuff done, plus it sets up the next day to start better.
Trade your scrolling time for productive time.
We all look at our phones way too much and spend way too much time mindlessly scrolling through stuff. We know this. So while you’ve got that phone in your hand work on deleting pics, deleting or replying to e-mails, deleting text conversations, etc. The less you have to look at when going through your phone, the less mental energy you have to use. Waiting at the doctor’s office or for your kid to be done with ball practice is the perfect time to schedule this in.
Simplify in short bursts
You need less than 15 minutes to do each of these things …
– clean out the refrigerator
– make your To-Do List for the week
– plan your outfits for a whole week
– plan your kid’s outfits for the whole week
– see what you already have in your pantry that you can make meals with for the week
Scheduling in time to Simplify will help your future self and your future self will thank you for it.
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