How to simplify in a world of urgency

I get anxious at the same time every year. The same exact week, in fact. I always wonder what is hitting me, then I look back at my blog archives and realize that yep, it’s that time again! Time to re-evaluate everything I put onto my plate.

Because we move around a lot and because my work is so fluid, the plate that I am evaluating looks entirely different every November. But for some reason, this is the week I need to toss everything and start fresh again.

Because I am not an organized person by nature, my to-do list is always floating around in my head, along with my hopes and dreams and ideas and everything else. So the first thing I do when I feel overwhelmed is make a list. Write it all out. Everything I need to do, everything I want to do, and everything I’m even considering doing. Getting it all out on paper helps me see the big picture.

I can’t do it all. I want to. Most of the time I try to. But I can’t. And neither can you.

If you’re feeling overwhelmed, make a list. Then cross some of that list out. Say NO to things that are not enriching your life. Say NO to unnecessary things that are wearing you down. Say NO to good things, so you can say YES to the best things.

Then say YES to quiet. Say YES to feeding your soul. Say YES to taking care of your body. Say YES to sharing meals around the table. Say YES to helping those in need.

November, it seems, is a perfect time to take a deep breath and separate the urgent from the important.

How can you simplify today?


  • Bridget November 18, 2015 at 7:21 pm

    Oh my, You are my sister from another father! Ha Ha! I thought I had wrote what you wrote. I need to put it all down on paper as well. That is a really good plan. I have so many hopes and dreams right now. The one thing I am good at is taking care of my body. I mean we are only given one. My favorite thing to do to take care of my mind and body is to go to the spa for a day with my favorite family and friends. The Korean spa close to me is affordable and very relaxing. Good luck with your restructure and thank you for the idea. B