The ability to simplify means to eliminate the unnecessary so that the necessary may speak, Hans Hofmann.
These are the key steps:
- Consider what is essential or very important and what is not.
- Eliminate unnecessary and time-consuming tasks from your agenda. Embrace a less is more philosophy! or as the old saying goes, Don’t bite off more than you can chew.
- Delegate some activities. For example, assign your children certain chores and pay them well as a reward for working hard. They will feel more important, competent, and confident. Delegate well and, I can assure you, you will never feel overworked or burned out, and better yet, you will be able to focus on those tasks that are really essential or require your participation.
- Learn to say no. Stop before you say “yes” to another task, before you accept any post or role, an extra holiday job, or you volunteer or become an activist. Think long and hard about what you are going to commit to and make sure it is right for you.
- Decide how much time you should assign to those peripheral, non-essential tasks and do not give them one minute more of your valuable time. Do not try to excel on them, just do them as quickly as possible.
- Be intelligent and efficient especially in non-important tasks.
For example, be more effective in cleaning your home: be sure to use the right products and cleaning equipment and that they are always in the same place, and easily accessible (for you, not for your kids); declutter your home: give away (donate items to charity), sell or throw away anything that you no longer use or like; less is more, too much stuff drains your energy; leave your shoes at the entrance, replace them with household slippers, socks or simply go barefoot; avoid garden and pets; encourage your kids to help you with household chores.
When it comes to shopping, you should always have a shopping list with you and stick to it. Buy more in less time and in fewer places.
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