I embarked on a journey to simplify our lives and around the time I went back to work it has fallen by the wayside. Stuff started creeping up back again in our home, on our calendar and in my mind.
I crave simplicity in my daily life, in my home decor, my kitchen counter…yet with all my yearning for simplicity, it was getting so elusive. I was feeling frustrated. Life goes so fast and I am aching for more simplicity. I decided last week to go back to my old habits and embracing simplicity again in our lives.
One of the blogs I find very interesting on the subject is Simple Mom. I find Tsh’s approach very similar to mine and I love reading her posts. I had her latest book One bite at a Time: 52 Projects for Making Life Easier. I read it cover to cover in an evening and I think that is what I need right now, simple steps to getting back to a simpler life.
Some projects won’t apply to me like starting a garden or finding a hobby, while others are already part of my daily life still I will enjoy the process.
Today marks week one and my very first project will be to streamline my e-mail. The ever demanding beast!
Some simple rules I will follow:
- i will check email twice a day
- i will reply right away even with two sentences
- unsubscribe, unsubscribe from all the email lists unless I read them…which I hardly ever do
the hardest part will probably be checking my emails only twice a day. You see my name is Imene and I am a compulsive email checker. The first thing I did is that I disable email notifications on my computer, phone and tablet. Maybe if I don’t see it I will not be tempted…
What would you like to simplify in your life?
The next project update will be next monday. Now if you will excuse me I just noticed my screen needs a good dusting ;o)