Are you struggling to simplify your life?
I get it. You’ve got a lot on your plate. You have a bunch of tasks, to-do’s, appointments, interests, and issues. Same here. We may be able to do it all, but we can’t do it all at once.
Everything can’t matter at the same time.
It can’t all have your attention.
Seth Godin wrote that only ten words of the 1000 we write will get attention. I’ve already written more than 70. Are you still reading?
If you notice that you’ve been skimming email or books or other things in your life, consider what you are allowing in — into your life, into your brain and into your heart. Next, think about what’s most important to you right now. Where does that fall on your list? Is it even on the list?
If you let less in, could you give more of yourself to what’s most important.? Could you trade some of your skimming for a deep dive?
How might that change your life?
If you want to simplify your life, dive into the most important thing.
Think about the most stressful area of your life. If you could simplify that one thing, it would likely simplify everything else.
Here are a few things that might be stressful in your life. Pick one. If you struggle with all of them, still pick just one.
Then dive in.
Busyness: The essential practice of doing nothing.
Start with one of the resources above and make that one thing your priority. Feed that change every single day with tiny steps. Choose consistency over intensity. Don’t worry about how long it takes. Dismiss your self-doubt and negative feedback from the people around you. Dismiss it and dive deeper.
Skimming doesn’t serve you. It distracts you.
Choose deeper over wider and immerse yourself in what matters to you.
Get lost in what you care about. That’s where you’ll find everything.