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Simplify Your Life, DeClutter Your Time

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In a world where there never seems to be enough time to do all we believe we must, I frequently wonder if time was money would we allocate it differently.  Most of us tend to be very conscientious about how we spend our money. We budget, we track our spending, and we plan big purchases. What would this look like with our time?  How would our lives change if we budgeted our time, tracked our time, and planned our time for big events or projects.

A simplified life would eliminate useless spending of time, creating more time for the important aspects of life. A simplified life would decrease stress and disorganization, allow a more peaceful existence, and create more time for you. It would create more time to do the things you love, and spend more time with the people you love.

Like life, simplifying has been called a journey, it changes as your life changes because it is determine by what is important to you at the time. What is important in life is different at different phases of life. When you are a young adult your career may be a priority, but after you have children your children may be more important. Some guidelines to help you simplified your life at any point are listed below:

Clarify your goals. Get really clear about what is important to you and your goals. This will help you plan and allocate your time based on what you would like to accomplish, and on what is really important. This will improve your success as you will have more time and energy to focus on the important goals.

Eliminate the Inconsequential.  Eliminate any time that is dedicated to anything that is not important or does not enhance your life in some way. When possible automate, delegate, or hire help to help achieve this objective.

Limit your Internet Consumption.  Set appointment times for checking email, updating your Facebook page, reading blogs, surfing the internet…  Only participate in these activities for the   amount of time you have budgeted for these activities. To help you do this, set a timer for the amount of time you have allotted yourself.  When that time is up, put these activities aside until the next appointment time.

Be Mindful.  Be present in your life. Decrease the multi-tasking; instead focus on one task at a time. Focus on what you are doing at the time you are doing it. This will help eliminate mental disorganization and chaos, allowing you to be more efficient. Eliminating mental chaos will help you get more done in less time because you become aware of the necessary steps required to complete a task, and able to eliminate any unnecessary steps.

 

Allow margin.  Plan your activities and tasks with time around them so that you are not stressed to move from one task to another or from one appointment to another. Allow time between activities for transitioning. This will eliminate the starting and stopping of stress. 

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