Day to day activities seem to crunch our weeks and leave little time for the important things. For example, quiet time for meditation on our family, our health and our physical enrichment. Meander thru the suggestions below and find one or two that may help improve your Body and Soul:
Time Commitments – Most of us have filled our days full from beginning to end with time commitments: work, home, kids activities, community events, religious endeavors, hobbies… the list goes on. When possible, release yourself from the time commitments that are not in line with your greatest values. Sit down and prioritize what is truly important and valuable to positive growth for both you and your family. Say NO to the time commitments that do not make the “top 5 list”.
Negative Thoughts – Most negative emotions are completely useless. Resentment, bitterness, hate, and jealousy have never improved the quality of life for a single human being. Take responsibility for your mind. Forgive past hurts and replace negative thoughts with positive ones. Commit to addressing , resolving and moving on to daily situations you encounter as professional as possible.
Debt – If debt is holding you captive, reduce it. Start today. Do what you’ve got to do to get out from under its weight. Find the help that you need. Sacrifice luxury today to enjoy freedom tomorrow.
Words – Use fewer words. Keep your speech plain and honest. Mean what you say. Avoid gossip.
Artificial Ingredients – Avoid trans fats, refined grain (white bread), high-fructose corn syrup, and too much sodium. Minimizing these ingredients will improve your energy level in the short-term and your health in the long-term. Also, as much as possible, reduce your consumption of over-the-counter medicine – allow your body to heal itself naturally as opposed to building a dependency on substances.
Screen Time – Focusing your attention on television, movies, video games, and technology affects your life more than you think. Media rearranges your values. It begins to dominate your life. And it has a profound impact on your attitude and outlook. Unfortunately, when you live in that world on a consistent basis, you don’t even notice how it is impacting you. The only way to fully appreciate its influence in your life is to turn them off.
Multi-Tasking – Research indicates that multi-tasking increases stress and lowers productivity. While single-tasking is becoming a lost art, learn how to organize tasks. Write down and organize daily-vs-weekly tasks. By visualizing tasks, you can better prioritize, group and notate tasks which are “must do” vs that which may not be as important or immediate. Remove unimportant time consumers then handle one task at a time. Do it well. And when it is complete, move to the next. There is also satisfaction in marking “to do’s” into the “completed to dones” at the end of your day.
Thank you Joshua Becker for your inspiration and guidance to a simplified lifestyle. If you would like to see more of Mr. Beckers’ teachings visit www.becomingminimalist.com