Have Less. Do More. Be More.
Are you overbooked? Are you busy all the time? Do you get stressed that there are not enough hours in the day? How often do you make excuses to skip the gym or binge on unhealthy food? Is your relaxation through alcohol, fatty food or shopping?
With the increased pace of life in modern society and the use of smartphones and computers all-day everyday, we are continually bombarded with an excessive amount of information. Information overload, sometimes known as infotoxication and infobesity, decreases one’s ability to understand a situation and make decisions.
Does this maybe shed some light on why people are so confused about healthy eating, exercise and active lifestyles?
Sometimes people think the only way they can get fit is to get a gym membership, or the only way to eat healthy is to shop at a health food store and own a thermomix. Others think they will only feel good about themselves with wine or a new outfit for every occasion.
All of the above, not only cost you a lot more money and are mostly detrimental to the environment, but they make simple tasks a lot more arduous.
What can you do? Sometimes there is so much information you need to forget everything and just start from scratch.
So here we are. Starting from scratch and keeping it simple.
Simplifying life whether it is through food, transport, reading, exercise or social occasions, leads to reduced stress levels and increased happiness.
What promises could you make to yourself to help simplify your life?
I have thought of a few options that might help you get started;
- Shop at the local market for my produce each week
- Walk for 15 minutes every morning before breakfast
- Remove all processed/junk food from my pantry and fridge and stop buying any from the supermarket
- Read one book a month for the next 6-months instead of watching tv
- Speak to a friend/family on the phone each week to invest in relationships
- Avoid buying anything new for 6-months
Simple can be harder than complex: You have to work hard to get your thinking clean to make it simple. But it’s worth it in the end because once you get there, you can move mountains. ― Steve Jobs
Research shows that your chance of success when working towards a goal increases by 72% when money is on the line. Everyone likes a little wager as to whether or not you will achieve your goal, but why not make a difference while you try. Promise or Pay, founded by Jay Boolkin, helps you do just that.
Pledge your goal, pick a charity and put some money on the line, then get your friends and family to encourage your success by donating to your selected charity too. There is not just yourself to hold accountable, but also a good cause and public support to keep you going.
Whether it be reducing your use of technology, working on your fitness goals, or de-cluttering life in some way, who knows, you might just feel a little liberated like this lady!