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“A simple life is not seeing how little we can get by with—that’s poverty—but how efficiently we can put first things first. . . . When you’re clear about your purpose and your priorities, you can painlessly discard whatever does not support these, whether it’s clutter in your cabinets or commitments on your calendar.
Victoria Moran

Different times throughout my life I have chosen a principle that I wanted to dedicate an entire year to learning about, implement and practice until it became a natural part of my thinking and living. For 2020, that principle is to simplify my life from top to bottom.

Before I could start simplifying my life, I had to be brutally honest with myself and determine why my life had become so complex. I am retired. There is no reason why my life should be so complex.

My analysis clearly showed that I allowed it to happen. There is no one else to blame. I am the one who didn’t say no to friends, family and encompassing circumstances. I allowed my life to keep taking on additional activities and responsibilities. Life offers enough attention and challenges without intentionally adding to it.

Though it is only the middle of March, I am making noticeable progress by:

  • Reducing the number of activities that are not bringing happiness and fulfillment to my life.
  • Reducing the number of activities with family and friends. Frequent shared activities aren’t required to maintain a close relationship.
  • Doing a better job of scheduling my life and not allowing myself to be “cluttered” with spur-of-the-moment activities.
  • Handling potential problems (relationships, budgeting, personal business, home and car repairs, etc.) as soon as I see one developing.
  • Getting adequate rest and sleep.
  • Having some daily “me time” for relaxation and personal development.

I am looking forward to seeing where I end up the year in comparison to where I started. I’m already noticing an improved outlook on life and far less stress.

Do you have a life-changing improvement plan for your life that you are working on? If yes, please send me your story in the comment section provided. I would enjoy knowing about it!

Published by W. M. Brown

I am a retired U.S. expat living in Ecuador. I was a business owner for 32 years before retiring in 2012.

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