Feel like you’re running in a million different directions?
Most of the time, I think Americans run their life from 3 feet above their head. We don’t take time to sit and be here. In the moment, in this room, on this chair. It’s a rather disjointed life.
Simplify your schedule.
Children: When did it become a requirement that in order to be a good parent we have to enroll our children in martial arts, gymnastics, sports, music lessons, art and dance lessons? Do they really need that to be well rounded individuals?
What would happen if they just got to be kids? Develop an imagination, perhaps?
Adults: Say no. Our value doesn’t depend on the projects we take on at work, in the PTA, at church or clubs. Learn to relax, sit on the front porch. Visit with the neighbors that happen by.
Some volunteer positions are very worthwhile, but be picky. Put your current relationships first: Is God your priority? You spouse? Children? Parents? Friends?
Is it beneficial to join another book club, community band or choir? Think through your schedule very carefully and step back from activities if it lowers your quality of family life and health.
Meals: Striving for real foods… food takes time. Yes, we can simplify the process and ingredients, but it’s still “slow food”. Allow yourself time to slow down as well.
The more activities planned, the more excuses we come up with for getting pizza delivered… and the guilt that comes with it, knowing that’s not the type of dinner you want to feed your family.
Have an errand day: This does take some forethought, but it does simplify ones life. Keep a grocery list going through the week and write down the errands that need to be done: bank, post office, etc.
Purchase as much as you can online, having it mailed right to your door. Amazon is a great way to get groceries or household goods without having to be out and about all day.
Limit screen time: The TV sucks too much of our life away. Prioritize your viewing and your children’s viewing. Don’t allow it to be background noise all day. If you have shows you enjoy watching, analyze why you are watching them. Are they worthwhile?
If you’re ready to take the plunge- get rid of the TV altogether!
If you’re not there quite yet, limit times of day the TV is on. Don’t allow yourself to be on the computer all day either. Figure out how much time you really need in the morning to check your emails, close the screen and go enjoy life.
Life isn’t facebook. Don’t allow facebook to rule it.
30 minutes a day is plenty of screen time for children- let them choose how to spend it: TV, movie, video games. Give them a timer to keep track of their own time and as soon as it buzzes, they can turn off the screen and go exercise their mind!
Get outdoors: Take time to walk. Go to a wildlife park or garden in your city. Watch for wild animals- even in the city you can spot different birds and squirrels. Slow down enough to notice. Take up gardening in your own space- community gardens, container gardens on apartment patios or if you have a large enough yard, start one there. Watch something grow. This is where you live, give yourself the freedom to see what it’s like.
Lead by example.
Most people do not want to work so much plus have so many extra activities. There seems to be a false sense of value attached to activities. But it’s relationships that add value. Can you build relationships in your activities? Or is it time to let some go?
Leave a comment and tell me how you have simplified your schedule.
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