Life is slipping away. Can you feel it? The homemade slime your kid made is now nothing more than a sticky mess. The article you wrote for that magazine has only been seen by your awe-inspired eyes. And the wonderful weekend you had with your family hiking through the woods already feels like a distant memory. This fast-paced world we now live in…you can’t change that. But here’s what you can change: your speed. You can take steps today to simplify your life so you always have time for what matters most to you.
Simplify. Organize. Prioritize.
This is where Practigal Blog was born–from the idea that life’s too short to spend all of it working for more stuff, only to spend more time than you ever wanted shopping, cleaning, organizing, and taking care of said stuff. Only to spend less and less time with your family and friends because you’ve let THINGS steal your time instead of letting PEOPLE capture your attention.
The tagline for Practigal Blog is also the way I try to live my life each and every day: SIMPLIFY. ORGANIZE. PRIORITIZE. In that order. It’s a process, really, that I use to constantly re-evaluate my life. It’s how I make sure that my life is still my life. The one that God has given me, in particular, to live.
“Declutter” is really just a buzz word of our day in age for simplify. When you declutter your home, your time, your mind, what you are really doing is simplifying all of those things. Once you simplify, what’s left is only what you love. And what’s left is worth organizing.
You organize what’s left so that this worthwhile stuff doesn’t begin to complicate and take over your life again. You organize it all to protect the amount of house, time, freedom, and life you got back when you first decluttered.
Finally, you prioritize the heck out of everything. You decide, of all the things you love, what you love the most, and you give these most-lovely things the most of your time. Prioritize what’s left so that what you love most is what gets most. The most of your affection. The most of your life. Every day.
Don’t Make This a Guilt Trip- PLEASE!
Living this way really is freedom, but it will only feel that way when your heart is in it. If you don’t truly want to change your life in this way, trying to live this way will only be that….trying. It will feel like another chore. Another to-do list. Another desire bringing you guilt. If that’s you, please stop reading. I am not here to guilt you into living a simple life.
But, if you find yourself there, in the place where you want a more simple, free life more than anything else, I have some small ways for you to start moving in that direction TODAY.
Check them out and see what you think. Will doing these things bring more life to your life? If so, give them a try…
5 Ways to Simplify Your Life Today:
1. Learn to say no.
If you haven’t learned the art of saying no, you need to start here. For many of us, this is the hardest part. How do you say no when you are asked to do a good thing? How do you say no when they are asking so nicely? How do you say no when saying no means someone else will have to do it? You just do. You say no, and you feel good about it because you know what you would be giving up…what you would be sacrificing. Just because you are asked to do a good thing, doesn’t make it your good thing. And don’t feel guilty that the responsibility will likely fall to someone else. It is up to that person to decide what they want to say no to as well.
Downsizing could mean something different to each of us. What can you do without? (Besides the late-night breastfeeding sessions, frequent calming of nightmares, or early risers that are stealing your sleep (and joy?) that you can do nothing about.) Ask yourself, “What can I change? What do I have a little bit of control over that I could live without?” Could you do without two rental houses to keep up? Could you do without three bathrooms to clean? What about those five mixing bowls? Or those three Bible studies (yep I said it!) or books you are reading? Me too. I can do without all of that.
3. Slow down.
Slow. The freak. Down. And breathe. Stop running from thing to thing. If you are doing this on a regular basis, you are doing too many things. If just the thought of adding a get-together to your already busy schedule (with friends and family you love to be around) gives you anxiety, you are doing too much.
4. Put your phone away (or at least turn off notifications).
In our technology-driven society, it has kinda become the expectation to answer your phone, answer the text, and respond to the email…immediately. It doesn’t have to. You don’t have to. People will change their expectations of you when you help shape them. Make a habit of putting your phone away when you are spending time with the people you love. When you are in the middle of something and someone calls or texts you, respond with a simple, “I can’t talk now. Can I call you later?” Or better yet, let it go to voicemail and call them back when it makes sense for you to do so. When you get an email you don’t have time to adequately respond to, mark it as unread and do it later.
5. Plan your priorities.
Plan time for what really matters to you, and get to everything else if you get to it. I’m not saying that if your top priorities are, say, spending time with God and spending time with your family, that you have to spend most of your time doing those things. What I am saying is this: make time for your top priorities first or it will be your non-priorities that dictate your time.
I hope that you will go on this journey with me to simplify your life. After all, this is your life to live, and only you can live it well.
In which ways do you need to simplify your life? How have you taken steps today towards a life well lived? Let us know in the comments!
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