What if I told you that it is possible to accomplish more while being happier in the process? It really is simple: focus on what is important. Here are 3 tips to help you simplify your your daily tasks to free up time to focus on what is important.
1. Simplify Your Decisions
Through defining your priorities you will make the decision making process easier. When it comes time to make a decision start at the top of your priority list. Does that decision conflict with anything you stand for? Look to your religious convictions or guiding principles.If it will further your priorities it is a wise decision. If it compromises your priorities, you will need to reconsider.
For example, if my college buddies invite me over to their house to watch a movie, I have to consider all the priorities above that invitation. How would a decision to go out with my buddies impact my spiritual life, my marriage, my children, my finances, etc? If a decision compromises your principles it leads to the opposite of simplicity.
2. Simplify Your Focus
One of my favorite things about my iPad is that it is ideal for “single-tasking.” This type of focus allows me to spend time on one task without distractions. The simplification of work helps me focus on my priorities and what is most important in my life.
Both Christian and Zen Buddhist Monks understand this basic principle. They often refer to it as mindfulness. The point is to focus on the present. If I am playing with my kids, then I should only focus on playing with my kids. If I am doing dishes, then I do the dishes. If I am writing, then I write. If I am playing with my kids, then I am playing with my kids.
This may be the hardest of the tips to follow because it is too simple and so easy to get distracted. But it has tremendous impact on happiness and relationships with others. Don’t believe me, ask your kids after 5 minutes of quality play time
3. Simplify Wardrobe
I love how I never have to decide clothes to wear in the military. I wake up and put on my uniform.
I’ve used a similar tactic with my civilian attire. I have a certain set of clothes that I wear each day. It’s been said that each decision you make decreases your ability to make the next decision. I guess that is why Steve Jobs and President Obama streamlined their wardrobes.
By simplifying this one daily action, I can spend more time on the decisions that will get me closer to my goals.