I have always been very driven. I am also a perfectionist. Both of these qualities produce great results, but also can drain the life out of me, and often drive others a bit crazy too. My to-do list can often be completely overwhelming, making me frantic that there isn’t enough time or energy to get it all done in the allocated time.
One major aspect about living a minimalist lifestyle is finding space for contemplation time and to just be. For a driven perfectionist doing nothing sounds like laziness, yet I’m learning that it isn’t so. It is extremely valuable to find time to be still.
I have found that when I allow more time in the day with fewer objectives to accomplish, I have more breathing room for creativity and most importantly rest. I give myself space to evaluate how I am spending my time, then decide how I can use it more efficiently. Actually doing less allows me to accomplish tasks even better and with much more vibrance. Here are some ideas to minimize your to-do list.
1. Do only three major tasks every day.
This one can be a challenge, but was some of the best advice ever given to me. Thank you Mom! This doesn’t include doing daily simple tasks or aspects relating to your job. I’m talking about self imposed big projects and errands for the day.
2. Minimize groups and organizations that you joined.
You may have once said “yes” to an organization that is no longer serving you. I’ve definitely agreed to help or volunteer in more groups than was realistically possible. Just like with all relationships, organizations can also have a season in your life.
When you are trying to create more breathing room in your schedule, there is nothing wrong with being honest where you can design more into your life. When you stay anywhere where you are unconsciously bringing negative emotions with you because the “ship has sailed” as they say, you are honestly not helping anyone or the organization.
3. Ask for help.
You don’t have to do everything all by yourself. Ask your spouse, roommate, friend, or even your children to help you complete a task. Even delegating a task completely to another will help you get something else done, and you won’t feel exhausted or resentful for doing everything all by yourself. Resentment is a low vibrational energy that you really don’t want to put into anything that you do.
4. Taking a power nap is better than doing any project exhausted.
Really what’s the point. You’re exhausted and about to make yourself do one more thing. Let it wait until the morning when you are refreshed. If it was really important, it would have been the first thing that you tackled that day.
Power naps also can be a great way to get that extra boost that you need to complete something. Otherwise adding one more thing to your schedule when you should finally be relaxing or actually going to sleep doesn’t make any sense. When you are tired, you are not able to do your best work anyway.
5. Limiting your tasks creates room for play.
Work without play is not healthy. We have sometimes been conditioned to believe that our time is only valuable if we are actually accomplishing something. When we let ourselves play, we are also allowing ourselves to be renewed and energized. Play frees up exciting new ideas to emerge!
6. Get on the mat or meditate.
Yoga and meditation are the best ways to clear your mind while centering your body and breath to actually be even more productive. When I start my day in this way everything shifts energetically to a more positive space. If you feel too busy to take 30 minutes to do either, even ten or fifteen minutes a day will calm you down to refocus on what is most important to do that day.
Daily practice and consistency with yoga and/or meditation will set the tone for your day. I do consider prayer and journaling in this category as well, so do what resonates best with you. Minimalism is honestly more than just decluttering, learning to live with less, and being more eco-friendly. It is a serene state of mind to embody in every area of your life.
How you unbind your time is an enormous part of self love and conscious living while opening yourself up to more abundance and creativity.
(Rewritten & Republished | Image by Dawn Michelle)