Simplification

Originally published on 4 July 2006

I’ve been struggling with the concept of Simplifying My Life. It started with a chance encounter with the books by Elaine St. James, and Simplify Your Life: 100 Ways to Slow Down and Enjoy the Things That Really Matter (aff) and Living the Simple Life: A Guide to Scaling Down and Enjoying More (aff), which I stumbled upon in a bookstore. I had met up with these books about 10 years ago, and enjoyed them. However, most of the stuff didn’t stick with me at the time.

Now I’m craving simplification. Why? I’m not sure, other than I feel a real need to move on some of the creative pursuits of my life. I’m stressed out with working full time, trying to care for a big house, and spend enough time with my family while having enough time for me.

But as I worked through the books, I realized that a lot of the things I do right now lend themselves to simplicity. Flylady gives me the freedom to work with the housework and cut back on my cleaning time – both things recommended in the books. And Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity (aff) has given me the freedom to stop all the stuff cluttering my mind and truly know what is on my schedule.

I took some time off from blogging to get a grip on this stuff. I’ve decided that the simplification journey belongs here, and have come up with a renewed will to write and share. So look for some changes in the blog over the next few months. While I will still be blogging about my systems and my PDA, this blog will expand to take on the simplification bent.

For after all, isn’t the purpose of getting a handle on things not so we can cram more into our lives, but so that we have time to live?


Update July 2007: This journey toward simplification led me to moving the blog and changing the name. As I get more in touch with what is important to me and less in checking things off a list, I am finding more contentment in my life. I’ve added the Do It Tomorrow and Other Secrets of Time Management (aff) to the list of tools because it fits more the way I need to work in order not to get overwhelmed.

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