Tuesday, January 20, 2009

How to Simplify Your Life - Part 1

I got some of these ideas online. I can tell you it's a lot easier to write about simplifying when you are an empty-nester! But these ideas are for everyone!

Think about your values and write down those that really matter to you. What is most important?
  • Time with family?
  • Great wealth?
  • Getting closer to God?
  • Expressing yourself?
  • Learning new ideas?
  • Experiencing adventure and travel?
  • Maintaining excellent health?
  • Socializing with friends?
  • Contributing to the community?
You can't do them all. Cut out activities that aren't consistent with your core values.

Write a list of goals you'd like to achieve. Focus on doing a few really well, rather than a lot in a mediocre way. You can't add hours to the day, but you can cut down on activities.

Say no instead of yes. People agree to requests from others because they like to please them. Instead, realize that you have a right to say no. Creating plans or policies makes saying 'no' easier. "I'm sorry. We already have a plan for giving to charities." Last week I heard someone say, "Thanks so much for asking me, but I really don't want to!" wow.

Simplifying a day at a time,
Lila

6 comments:

Tiffany Stuart said...

Agree with saying no. As a former pleaser, I am learning no is a good answer. It doesn't make me bad. It makes me free to be who God made me to be.

Great questions.

Sheryl said...

Lila,
First of all thank you so much for being my constant cheerleader. I appreciate you so much.
Love the questions. I really felt like I had a simplified life until I got sick and found what living simply is really like. I don't ever want to go back to a schedule that is too full for spontaneous times w/ family and friends.
~Sadie

Shandi said...

I've been busy, intimidated by the fact that I am putting myself through University all on my own..

I suppose I am discovering myself, as a woman, in a rush.. amidst the graduating five months early, being accepted to university a year early, working full time, and trying to configure the logistics of moving in seven months..

Yes.. I'm just thankful God is unfailing.

Love,
Shandi

Shandi said...

I don't know who checks Journey's Inn's email... but I apologize once again for the email I just sent. =D

I'd feel better if you felt flattered after reading it. ^^

<3

-Shandi

Cheryl said...

Hello Susan! I just read your comment on my blog. Our internet has been off for months now :-(
It is so fun to find your blog and see a picture of your beautiful family. Of course we remember you and Vann! Fondly. You are precious and were such encouragers for us on our journey. I remember riding in a van with you from Nashville to Atlanta with our infant daughter. She is 10 now and has three brothers! :-) Please give Vann our greetings. Much love and many blessings--Cheryl

silent wings said...

Hello, I'm not sure if I am to address this to Susan or Lila? :)
I just noticed a comment you left on one my blogs in October. Sorry for being so slow to reply, I rarly post on that particular blog. Anyway, thankyou so much for stopping in and commenting.

I was very pleasantly suprised to see your post on simplifying help. Just what I needed! Some great tips there!