Sunday, February 07, 2010

Keep it simple and enjoy life

Livin' Can Be Easy - 10 Simple Steps to Live Simply

Like most of us these days, it seems to be more and more difficult to take time out to smell the roses along the way. The days are so full, it's hard enough to manage the things we have to do, let alone find time for ourselves.

Here are a few tips that may help simplify things a bit for you:

1. Cease the clutter - Having too much stuff requires energy and time to maintain and can be a huge drain on your energy level. Consider letting go of the items either by donating, discarding or selling.

2. Say goodbye to catalogs - Do you really need all those catalogs coming in? Tear off your mailing label, attach to an index card and write, "please remove me from your list" and mail to catalog holders.

3. Eliminate junk mail - Request to be "removed" from any list by writing your name and address and sending to: Mail Preference Service, DMA, PO Box 9008, Farmingdale, NY 11735-9008

4. Stop credit card offers - Call Trans Union at (888) 567-8688. Opt out for two years, or permanently. Since they share information with Experian and Equifax, you do not have to duplicate your request.

5. Automatic billing - Notify your individual creditors or go directly to your banking institution to set up automatic withdrawals monthly.

6. Consolidate debt - Devise a plan to attach that debt! Consolidate all your credit cards to make one payment. Come up with a budget. Talk to a financial advisor. Take the steps necessary to face your debt head on - it's a huge stress factor and emotional drain, but once addressed, you will start to feel better.

7. Prioritize projects - Make a list of what needs to be done first and the time frames for completion. Conquer the little ones first so you can begin to reap the rewards of satisfaction to keep you motivated. Remember, baby steps first!

8. Reduce information overload - What magazine and newspaper subscription can you cut back on? Give your brain a break. Consider cutting down and focusing on just what you need to find out - this pertains to Web surfing, as well.

9. Be spontaneous - Being spontaneous once in a while can be a good thing. Releasing a little control can energize you and raise your spirits. It's a great way to break the everyday routine and add a little fun into your life again.

10. Find peace - Having a place to go to for your down time is important. Find a spot that you feel at peace and can relate to as your own private sanctuary., Mediate, have a cup of tea or simply do nothing. Just relax.


Patricia Diesel, author of "A Simple Guide to an Organized Life" and founder of Keep It


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