Focus and simplify

I begin each day with those two words firmly implanting in my mind.  By 9 a.m. I’m already scattered across three counties and creating impossible situations.  Am I destined to live this way? 
Today I refuse – and will take drastic action to find an easier path. You have to work hard to get your thinking clean to make it simple.


When our lives become too complicated, we enjoy life less. We consume too much. We have too little time and too much stress. What are other signs that it’s time to simplify?

1. Clutter clutter everywhere.

And none of it is particularly useful. Every drawer is full, every closet stuffed, every hanger in use, and ever tabletop is covered in clutter clutter clutter. When you feel like you’ve gotten to this point, it’s time to take some time and go through everything. Pick it up, look at it, and ask yourself, “Do I need this?” Once you’ve finished, your life will be simpler.

2. You have a hole in your pocket.

Figuratively. You find yourself spending so much on food, fun, and everything in between. At the end of the month, the purse strings are pretty tight, right? If this is the case, it’s time to set a budget. Ask yourself if an expenditure is something you want or need.

3. You’re buying too much stuff.

Stuff on top of stuff on top of stuff. The garage is full, every shelf covered, but do you really need all of it? Consider what your money is worth to you. It may be time to put a lid on extra purchasing and maybe throw some things up on Craigslist.

4. You’ve lost your spirituality.

Let me guess, you were more religious or spiritual when you were younger and now it’s fading away, right? Maybe it’s time to rekindle that spirituality. Spend 10-15 minutes of the morning in meditation or reading scripture. Reconnect with your beliefs.

5. You use technology too much.

Hell, I’m guilty of looking at my phone for a half hour in the morning when I wake and in bed before sleep. I know it’s a dumb thing to do but I do it anyway. In times like these, it might be time to restrict yourself. Or myself. It’s good to be connected, but maybe it’s time to shut down for a few hours every day and at night.

6. You feel like you’re rushing.

Always rushing! Rushing through the day, the week, the year, and in the end, your life. We need to make the conscious decision to slow down and prioritize what we do! When we do that, we become more productive.

7. Your multitasking is out of control.

When you multitask, the effectiveness of your work is more limited than it would be if you focused in on one thing at a time. If you simply can’t sit down and give one thing your full attention, it’s probably time to re-evaluate what it is that you’re doing and simplify your day.

4 thoughts on “Focus and simplify

  1. Great blog and SOOO true! My brain seems to be automatically multitasking and on “1 more thing” . I do have to take my brain off of automatic pilot and go to manual and finish 1 thing at a time and stop within a certain time frame. Sometimes I am successful and sometimes not so much. I do wonder of this is a survival skill left over from a job that was full of interruptions. This former survival skill is now not a skill, but a detriment?

  2. Several years ago, after almost 40 years, we downsized, de cluttered, and eliminated some of the unnecessary. Looking at our not so distant relatives, I could see signs of hoarding that might possibly be inherited traits, both my side and my husbands! Not to say everything is under control, I can open drawers that are empty, we have never gone up the attic stairs with a box in hand, and I have stopped buying things on sale hoping that someone might need it someday. We seem to have more time to see the blue sky, watch a sunrise and sunset and listen to many different birds singing. Praise God from whom all Blessings flow! Thank you my Diva friend. Not throwing this one out.

  3. I cannot even begin to tell you how much I needed to read that. I actually, seriously PRAY that I will be able to focus. Hold on–the dryer just went off–better fold those clothes before I have to tumble them–again.

  4. Pat – think this is a Braddock trait? And Martha and Jenny must be first cousins.

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