LESS – Clutter, commitments, negative thinking and draining relationships
MORE – Time, space, energy for things that really matter to you
Does the way you spend your time reflect what is most important to you? How many hours a day do you spend feeling stressed or anxious? What or who is causing that?
One of the main values of minimalism is to spend your time intentionally. “How we live our days is how we live our lives.” – it’s one of my most favourite quotes and it couldn’t be more true. You and I deserve to live the lives we want to and we have the power to make this a reality although I understand this is no easy task for most.
What activities always leave you feeling energised and refreshed? What part of the day do you usually look forward to the most and why?
For example; I want to change my future career to something creative like photography, photo editing or even jewellery making as these things give me the most pleasure. I have worked as an accountant for most of my working life, I sat and passed the relevant qualifications, and I have a good job within the private education sector as a Management Accountant. I am also saving hard to buy a property with my husband. I can’t just quit my job and try something new as I have responsibilities. BUT what I can do is work towards this change right now. I can do something small every day to make this a reality in the future.
I wish I could go back to the start of my career and pick something I loved to do instead of what I perceived to give me the most security. I wish I’d taken the risk and picked a more difficult path but I can’t go back in time so all I can do (and you!) is work towards the change right now.
If this week had an extra day how would you spend it? Which of your commitments truly add value to your life?
Last year I felt a little lost on how I wanted to spend my days. I knew that something needed to change but I wasn’t sure what. I decided to write a list of the most important things to me in my life and asked myself the question “Does the way I spend my time reflect these?” The answer was no so I have set myself goals for the year of 2017 to make the necessary changes.
If you are feeling a little lost ask yourself these simple questions:
- What are the top 5 things that are most important to you in life? Does the way you spend your time reflect these?
- How many days per week do you spend feeling stressed, bored or anxious? What or who is causing this?
- Which of your hobbies, side projects, and memberships add value to your life and which don’t?
- What part of your day do you usually look forward to the most and why?
As you answer these questions it will become clear if there are changes you need to make. Some may be big changes and some may be small. Whatever their size you can make these changes over time and improve your wellbeing. I have felt better already by being proactive and working towards the goals I set at the start of this year.
Are you looking to change career? What are you doing to make this a reality?