Zen Habits is a blog that I follow religiously. The author, Leo Babauta, writes about inspiring, simple and refreshing ways on how we can simplify our lives. In my inbox this morning was his newest post simply titled Simplify (how could I not open it!). Here are some ways he suggests to help simply our lives. For the rest, see the link below.
- Block off some disconnected time.
- Start eliminating commitments. List your commitments, and pick one to eliminate today. It’s a simple matter of making a call or sending an email explaining that you can’t do the commitment.
- Start purging possessions. Every day, find 5 things to donate or give to friends. Slowly your possessions will be simplified to just the essentials.
- Ban shopping for 30 days. You can do this. Don’t buy anything except the essentials (food, toiletries, basic supplies). If you think you really need it, put it on a list to be evaluated after the 30 days.
- Wash your bowl. When you’re done eating, mindfully wash your bowl. When you’re done with anything, get in the habit of pausing before moving onto the next thing, and cleaning up after yourself.
- Schedule time for what’s important. What’s most important to you? Your spouse or kids? Creating? Reading novels? Cooking, gardening, crafts, carpentry? Make the time for it.
- Get outdoors once a day. Too often we are stuck at a desk or on the couch. Get outside, take a walk, enjoy the fresh air and sunshine. Go for a hike or a run with a friend. Play some sports. Run around and play tag with your kids. These simple activities will change your life.
- Eat some plants.
- Drink tea. A daily tea ritual keeps you grounded and mindful.
What I like about these are that they are so simple and easy to blend into life. For now, I’m off to get my tea on…