I am a list maker. I make lists, long lists and then hold myself to the task of checking each thing off. I used to do this every day and it was exhausting…and inefficient.
Just like making lists, in our lives we often find ourselves overextending… saying yes to every social invitation, signing our kids up for countless activities and sports, accumulating tons of “stuff”, working long hours and reserving little or no time for anything else. We lose our space.
I know what you’re thinking, “So what do we do? Let our houses become messes…quit our jobs…give away all of our worldly possessions?” Of course not, but we can make efforts to choose less and live more simply.
How do we do this? To start, take a few things off your daily list, leaving on the most important, necessary things. Be honest about how much “stuff” you need and start donating what you don’t. Be realistic about activities and only choose a couple each season. Live within your means. Appreciate all that you already have instead of always wanting more.
I have found in my life that choosing less offers more…more time, more space, more happiness and more opportunity. Give yourself permission to choose less.
P.S. I still make lists…they are just much shorter!