To simplify your life you have to live as if every day is a vacation.
Vacations are usually well thought about and planned out; this allows you to know the things you want and those that are unimportant.
It is a time when you distress, relax and enjoy quality time either alone or with family.
Let’s look at some amazing ways to make life simpler.
Track where you spend your time and money for one week.
Before you can make any change, you have to take stock of where you are and after one week, your calendar and credit card will give you a solid view of your priorities.
Determine your priorities
Decide for yourself what is valuable to you regardless of how much time you have spent on it historically.
Stack rank your activities and financial commitments and make conscious choices about which you will prioritise.
Your time is your most precious resource; guard it wisely.
Make your default answer ‘no’
We live in a world of “yes,” and when we are asked to do something our default answer is typically yes.
Flip the paradigm and make your default answer “no.” By starting with no, you are forced to pause and really think about opportunities and how they align with your priorities and values.
To simplify your life, you must begin scheduling margin. Margin time is down time that gives you perspective, contentment and rest.
Watch a TV show, read a book, take a long walk or a nap. We create so much of the chaos in our lives by not giving our body and mind time to rest.
Margin time gives you perspective and renewed energy for the commitments you want to keep.
Our bodies are programmed to react to stimulus, so re-wiring ourselves to feel fulfilled with margin rather than activity is hard work.
Reject the perspective that busy equates to meaningful or important. Rather celebrate each time you say “no,” schedule margin or intentionally seek simplicity.
By recognising your effort and progress, you will reinforce the behaviour and find contentment in your simplified life.
A Freelance Journalist, Entrepreneur and Philanthropist. Editor-in-Chief of www.233times.com. A contributory writer for Ghanaian Chronicle Newspaper. An alumnus of Adisadel College where he read General Arts. He holds first degree in Bachelor of Arts from the University of Ghana; Political Science (major) and History (minor). He has also pursued MSc Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and Energy with Public Relations (PR) at the Robert Gordon University in the United Kingdom. His mentors are Rupert Murdoch, Warren Buffet, Sam Jonah, Kwaku Sakyi Addo and Piers Morganview all posts by: Nana Kwesi Coomson
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