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You can always tell when this family has too much going on.
Piles of junk build on every countertop. Our tempers rise and we are short with each other. The rock in my gut remains constant as I stressfully try to make it to the next event/ accomplish the next task/ finish the next assignment. Laughter is a sound forgotten.
Usually we hit a breaking point when we mentally crash. Edd and I glare at each other and know that something has to give.
1. Know What’s Important
2. Visualize Your Perfect Day
3. Say ‘No’ to Extra Commitments
4. Limit Tasks
5. Carve Out Un-distraction Time
6. Slow Down
7. Mindfully Single-Task
8. Batch Smaller Tasks, Then Let Go
9. Create Space In Between
Read Babauta’s post here for reasons and explanations behind each rule.
A few rules I know, but just need reminders; like slowing down or saying “no” to extra commitments. Most of these rules however, don’t come naturally to me; especially batching smaller tasks, carving out un-distracted time, and creating space in between.
Are your days simple or do you run around without time to breathe? Which of these rules do you follow on a regular basis, and which are brand new to you?
Original Article: 9 Rules for a Simpler Day by Leo Babauta