7 WAYS TO SIMPLIFY YOUR LIFE

1. TAKE ONE THING AT A TIME.

The simplest and best way to start reducing your stress is to focus as much as possible on doing one thing at a time. Clear your desk of distractions and pick something on which to work.  If you need to write a report, do only that. Remove distractions such as phones and email notifications while you’re working on that report, unless you are a true multi-tasker. If you’re going to do email, do only that. It takes some practice to pace yourself, and you’ll most likely get urges to do other things, but it can be done!

2. TRIM DOWN YOUR SCHEDULE.

Learn how to differentiate between what is important and what is essential. A hectic schedule is a major cause of high stress, so simplify your schedule by reducing the number of commitments in your life to just the essential ones. Say no to the rest, and slowly get out of commitments that just aren’t beneficial to you. Schedule only a few important things each day, and put a little space between them. Get out of meetings when they aren’t absolutely essential…the world can actually survive without you for a few minutes… leave some room in your life for down time and especially for fun. And remember that it won’t kill you to say “no”! 

3. TRY DOING SOMETHING CALMING EVERY DAY.

Find the thing which you enjoy doing that also calms you down, and do it every day if you can. For many people it’s some kind of exercise, but it could also be taking a nap, or a bath, or reading, or whatever. Some people are calmed by doing housework or gardening or yard work. Other people like to meditate, or take a nature walk…what calms one person down may stress out someone else, so you have to find your place of peace, and allow others to find theirs and honor it.

4. TRAIN YOURSELF TO SIMPLIFY YOUR FINANCES.

Finances can be a huge drain on your energy and a major stressor. If that’s the case with you, figure out ways to simplify things, such as  automated savings and bill payments and debt payments. Spend less…you don’t have to buy everything you want…and if you have a question about buying something, you probably shouldn’t.  Don’t fall for the “deceitfulness of riches”. Find ways to have fun that don’t involve spending money. Money (Mammon) is supposed to serve you…not the other way around!

5. TONE DOWN THE CLUTTER.

Go through a room at the time,  and get rid of the stuff you don’t use or need anymore. Look around at anything that’s cluttering up a room, and get rid of it or find a better place for it.  You may even have stuff that would be a blessing to someone else. When you’re done you’ll  have a nice, peaceful environment for work, play, and living. Do this a little at a time, and see it as something fun to do!

6. TREAT YOURSELF TO THE LUXURY OF BEING EARLY.

Being late can be very stressful. Try to leave earlier by getting ready earlier, or by scheduling more space between events. Things seem to always take longer than normal, so schedule some buffer time…extra time to get ready…to commute…to do errands before you need to be somewhere…to attend a meeting before another scheduled appointment. If you get somewhere early, especially first thing in the morning, you set the tone for the whole day!

7.  TRUST IN GOD.

Trust God from the bottom of your heart; don’t try to figure out everything on your own. Listen for God’s voice in everything you do, everywhere you go; he’s the one who will keep you on track. (Proverbs 3:5, 6 – The Message)

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10 Responses to “7 WAYS TO SIMPLIFY YOUR LIFE”

  1. AH………………Yikes………………Yep……………….AMEN !

  2. Don’t get me wrong, it was truly a great word, but I am sitting here visualizing a funeral procession going through the drive-up at McDonald’s.
    I can just see that hearse trying to make that sharp turn headed toward the first window. The co-pilot would have to get out and direct him. Can’t you almost hear him yelling to the driver, “Wider, Wider, swing it out wider!!!”

  3. “Treat yourself to the luxury of being early” – wow. You know…we have bought into the lie that “idle hands are the tools of the devil” so God forbid we have a few minutes that we are not pressed, cramming something else in, and running late!!! I am going to treat myself to being early and enjoy the lack of panic I endure from being late! I don’t think I’ll go as far as showing up a day early in my pajamas for a flight…but whatever works for you. I just don’t want to be breathing hard and sweating like a pig from running, when standing in the boarding line! 🙂

  4. Listening to that still quiet voice is so valuable. I’ve heard that so often but using it is another story. I appreciate the reminder because I didn’t listen to that voice when I heard Him say “do you really want your cousin to publish your book”. She was trying to get her company off the ground, said she had published some books with success. I saw her book she put out and although the content was not that good the book itself was laid out okay, so I wanted to give her a chance. Against my better judgement I just forge ahead and when I get the book after months of waiting its messed up and my stories have been changed without my premission. When I told her I was disappointed in the work she got upset with me now its a family issue. Why didn’t I listen, I should have known better. Family and business don’t mix. I’m not going to harbor bitterness and I’m going to forgive and from now on I shalll practice listening to that still quiet voice. Why does it have to be so quiet, why can’t it be loud so that it would be no doubt about it. But then, when we make up our minds to do something no matter soft or loud we will forge ahead. Thanks for these life skill classes because they are shaping me to be a better person, without all the classes that I have had I would not have seen the good in this whole ordeal. My daughter wanted me to hold it against her a little longer but she has my money so I refuse to allow her to have free rental space in my head.

    Bishop, know that these classes are really making a difference.

  5. Those sound like great steps towards simplifying your life. If you’re looking for a tool to help, you should check out springpad… it’s a personal organizer and set of online notebooks that helps you simplify your life, from organizing your calendar to weekly meal plans and home improvement plans.

  6. HI, Bishop. I was listening last evening. Boy was I listening. I had a lot going on in my office, so streaming kept me connected to both the still small voice that said I’d better listen and the voice of my shepherd. You know, we sometimes take too much for granted. The Lord has taught me a great lesson. I have been through a lot in the last couple weeks, but I will come out of it without the smell of smoke. HE amazes me, in that He can teach me a huge lesson, in listening to his voice, and when it is all said and done, everthing will at some point be again, normal. My home will be restored, my finances will be restored and my spirit man has beed tuned in. Being in the communication business for over 43 years, I have have to say nothing has really changed. In order to have a conversation(communication), you need a transmitter and a receiver. So, we all know that the transmitter ( The Father) is sending just as clear today as the day he spoke the worlds into existance. So, the receiver ( your Spirit Man’s) ear needs to know how to pick out that Still Small Voice form all of the other voices and noises that try to distract you, and recognize it as your direction and answer to your life’s questions. LISTEN, LISTEN, LISTEN, LISTEN

  7. Hey Bishop:
    As I tweeted last night, maybe 4 1/2 out of 7 is not too bad. But I was still blessed by your reminders (in my paradigm), especially of the value of doing one thing at a time – I am a multi-tasker “by nature”; trimming back on work related commitments and obligations – I am a workaholic; and, de-cluttering – my garage is still a work in progress that I have conditioned myself periodically to overlook since it frequently reminds me of an exhausting move two years ago…oh, the power of memory. Such tendencies are, in a sense, outer manifestations of inner matters and confronting them honestly and proactively can be a noble act of self-preservation physically, emotionally and spiritually. Because I love and respect what I do – creating images, creating possibilities in the classroom, creating atmospheres of hope, optimism, productivity and expression – the necessary seasons when rethinking, regrouping and redoing are not always fully acknowledged.

    This is a long, winding road to say that your comments are helpful to me. Thanks,
    A

  8. I LOVE HOW THE 7TH POINT IS THE REALLY THE #1. THE POINT BEING “BIBLICAL” AS THE FIRST SHALL BE LAST AND THE LAST SHALL BE FIRST.

    LOVE IT, LOVE IT ALL.

    PEACE,
    NL

  9. The older I get, the less I need. Having spent the past 25 years collecting ‘stuff’ (translation = JUNK), I am now in the process of letting go of anything and everything that does not make me smile. That also includes people. “Less is definitely more.”

    Thank you Bishop for the reminders! #7 is definitely #1 in my life. When things get a little more stressful than I’d like, I try to remember that I’ve got someone in my life who can handle it all much better than I can! I’m learning to “take it to the Lord in prayer” on a more consistent basis….. like ALL the time……LOL I find infinite joy and great peace in being able to say “Hey Lord, can you get this?” I’m learning to depend on His Word and the promises that He’s made to me. Now, THAT is simple!!

  10. #6 I’m wondering, if it weren’t for our Shepherd’s love for alliteration…would this point have been the same gift without the word “treat”?

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