As a minimalist, you know how to declutter and keep it simple. You may have reduced your environmental footprint in order to be more green and minimize your impact on the planet. You may have cleaned out your car – or even sold it in favor of public transportation, cycling, or walking. You may have committed to not buying anything new or making another minsumerism-driven goal.
You can also minimize your commitments. We are a culture of busy. We think busy is good, a sign of success. While being busy does get things done, being busy all the time is a sure way to lead to burnout and may even impact your health as you favor your to-do list over sleeping, exercising, or preparing healthy meals to eat.
There are many commitments we all have. We have commitments to our families, our spouses and partners, our children. We have commitments to our friends. We have commitments at work and at home. We have commitments to our utility companies and debtors (gotta pay those bills). We have shopping to do, errands to run, rooms to clean, and goals to accomplish.
Take a break.
Realistically examine if you are cramming too much busy into your day, your week, your month, or your year. Some busy times are to be expected (school starting for the kids, a new job, the holiday season, and more), but for the majority of your days, try to keep the days reasonable. More often than not, you should go to bed at the end of the day without feeling completely drained from your busy day.
Lately, I have been going to bed drained. I’ve been keeping very busy, and I am coming to terms with the fact that I have a lot on my plate right now! I am about to get increased responsibility at my full-time job due to a maternity leave in the office. I have been working increased hours on my freelance writing career, which I hope to continue to grow. These are two commitments I cannot change, so I must examine other areas of my life I can cut back on. I’ve come to the conclusion that I need to cut back on my personal blogging while I get a handle on the increased responsibility at work and the increased hours for writing. At least for a while, I will just be updating once weekly instead of twice. I think this will give me a little extra time each week to take a break for me and make sure I go to bed on time and a wee bit less frazzled at the end of the day!
See you next week! 🙂