It seems like yesterday we were putting away Christmas decorations and embracing the new year.
I am discovering that if your goal this year is to live a more fulfilling life, it pays to keep things simple. Let us look at some of the things you can do to live a more simpler and fulfilled life.
Avoid Clutter in Your Life
Nothing takes away the simplicity of life like having too much stuff. This means you have more decisions to make. In addition, you miss the opportunity to enjoy your possessions because sometimes you cannot get to everything.
In order to avoid clutter, you have to begin by determining what is important and matters the most to you. When you do this, anything that does not help in you achieving your most important roles and relationships is clutter and should be discarded.
Everyday you will be bombarded with clutter in form of things or sometimes people. You need to go back to the drawing board and ask where does this fit on my road map of life. If it has no place do not allow it in. Following this will ensure you live the Zen life so to speak.
There is too much noise in the world today and frankly speaking we have to master the art of “quieting the noise” in order to live. When you do not know what you want you usually fall for whatever is thrown at you. We owe it to ourselves to do the work and have in place a road map that will enable us live simple and fulfilled lives.
Plan Your Week In Advance
In the past, my planning was done on a daily basis. Although this approach worked, sometimes it failed especially when things that were urgent and necessary came in and spoilt the plan. After reading about the benefits of weekly planning I decided to make the shift.
Given the fact that majority of things in life occur on a weekly basis, it makes sense that we plan weekly. In my case, I usually do my weekly planning on Sunday evening.
Weekly planning gives you a birds view of what the week is going to be like. You are able to make the right adjustments and also to take care of the “urgent but unimportant” things that always crop up. I have done this for the past ten months and I strongly recommend that you give it a go. Not only does it simplify your life but it also makes you a more productive person as well.
As an example, with weekly meal planning, I am able to ensure that on busy days there are quick easy meals or left overs on hand. The result of doing this has been a nourished family, less stressed mom and a peaceful home. How cool is that?
Make Time For Self Care
In order to live a fulfilled life you need to take care of your self. Most times we tend to give more of ourselves and the result is often burnout. You may have heard of the oxygen musk theory “take care of yourself first before you can help others”.
Although some people get “mummy guilt” when they spend time on themselves, this should not be the case. Self care will not only do wonders for you but your entire household as well. Since you can only pour from a full cup, you need to make time to fill your cup.
In my case, I have learnt that in order to fulfill my roles I need to take breaks to look after myself. Sometimes it is putting in a workout or having a massage or pedicure & manicure or even shopping therapy (in moderation given that I am avoiding clutter) it always works and makes me feel better and give more.
Perhaps after reading this and auditing yourself you may feel like you should do more. Take heart Maya Angelou said “when you know better you do better”. In the same vein another person said “when you have goals you are working towards and are making changes to achieve those goals, you are growing.” So keep going and remember you too can live a simple and fulfilled life.
I would love to hear from you, what has been your experience during the first months of this year?