The following is an updated re-post from several years ago.
I feel it’s a good post to re-share this time of year as our days are filled with school, programs, meetings, games, practices, committees, yard work, housework… and the holiday season will be here before we know it!
For the purpose of my blog, I try to keep my message short and sweet… as simple, as direct, as clear, and as straightforward as possible.
Sometimes I think the message might be overly simple — duh, we all know that already. So I’m always surprised by how many emails and comments I get on those overly-simple posts, saying things like
“I needed to hear that again today.”
“Thanks for the reminder.”
“I’ve heard this before, but it never made sense until today.”
Well, today is another one of those overly-simple messages I KNOW you already know — you’ve heard it 100 times before, but maybe today will be the day you take action. Maybe today will be the day it makes sense. Maybe today, this message will be just the reminder you need to start simplifying your life.
If not, you’ll no doubt hear it from me again at some point — so there’s always next time, right? 🙂
These are 3 things I personally try to practice every day in an effort to simplify my life.
1. Plan Ahead
If you’ve been reading my blog for any amount of time, you know that I’m a huge advocate for planning ahead — even more so as I’ve added growing children to the mix.
Menu planning, cleaning, entertaining, writing, family vacations, house projects, holidays, etc. — they are all simpler when I plan ahead.
There are many things in life we can NOT plan for or predict, so anything I can plan for and do NOW to make the future less stressful is always a winning option… which leads me to my next point…
2. Do It Now
A.K.A. don’t procrastinate!
None of us will “do it now” 100% of the time, but I’ve been trying really hard to give myself deadlines and to do whatever I can do NOW so I don’t have to do it later.
Plus, by doing it now, I don’t have to THINK about it anymore. It’s out of my brain and off my to-do list. Win-win!
3. Don’t Worry about Perfect
I am not a perfectionist — not even close.
I do like things to be done correctly, but I’m the type of person who wants to get things done as fast as I can and I’m almost always satisfied with “good enough”. I’m not saying this is the best, or the right, or the only way — but it does help me continually push forward, eliminate stress, and simplify my life.
Perfectionism can be hard to push past, but just keep working on it! Remind yourself that “progress” not “perfection” is your ultimate goal. Remind yourself that all those “EST words” aren’t achievable.
Your life will be so much simpler without the pressure of “perfect”.
As I mentioned above, today’s message is ultra simple. I know you’ve heard it before… but maybe today is the day you take action!
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