I am a big fan of personal development. It’s a natural extension of all that I advocate. I believe people can improve their lives in all sorts of ways. I just happen to focus on how people can improve their lives through healthier choices. Today, I want to empower you to make fewer choices. It’s my Less is More philosophy, and it can improve your life dramatically.
I am sure you have heard all the talk about life balance—that mystical place where work, family, fun, workouts, personal time, all play out in incredible harmony. Guess what? It doesn’t exist. Sure, you might have a great day when all the stars align, but experts who have studied life balance have concluded that it’s an illusion. And it can be a stressful one—leaving you feeling inadequate if you don’t achieve it. You are always going to wish you had more time for something. But you can make better use of your time if you do more with less.
1) Instead of striving for life balance, aim for a life that focuses on what you deem most important. Decide your priorities and spend your time on those priorities. Make your life purposefully unbalanced—by spending most of your time doing what matters most, to you.
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2) Choose a smaller portion. Do you ever feel defeated because you know you should give up some of your favorite foods in order to lose weight or get in shape for the spring? Don’t give it up, just have less of it instead! Serving sizes are generally the size of your fist or a deck of playing cards. Choose a smaller portion.You can still enjoy your favorites, just not a heaping plate or bowl full.
3) Try less complicated exercise. If you find that a new workout class, DVD, magazine workout or form of exercise is too much for you and you don’t like it, simplify! If you are likely to skip your workout because you dread it, find a form of exercise that works for you—one that you look forward to doing. Or return to the basics. Less complicated programs can be refreshing! Try power walking and do some strength training exercises like push-ups, pull-ups or squats.
4) Waste Less. In our wasteful world, it makes me feel good to create less garbage and to reuse things. I think about the 3 R’s: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle. Try it! You just may feel better, too.
5) Live with Less Clutter. There are all sorts of ways you can live with less and feel exhilarated. Tackle that closet and remove anything you didn’t wear in the last year. Donate items or give them away. Purging your closets feels great. So does purging your email. Devote time to sorting and deleting emails and then you won’t feel overwhelmed with an unread email number soaring upwards. Commit to keeping your inbox cleaned and up to date. (I just deleted about 1000 emails. It feels great.)
You really can do more with less. Just focus on what matters to you most—and watch yourself get happier in the process! Do you have a Less is More tip you want to share? I’d love to hear from you on Facebook!