Looking for Simplicity in Life

I was told about this book by an acquaintance of mine so I read it….in about 30 minutes. And then I did the activities. It was simple!

The reason I am writing about this book is that I’m finding life to be overwhelming for a lot of people (I include myself in this group). And sometimes I think people need to get back to basics in order to re-set and get things back on track. This book is good for that.

In the introduction, the author – Brooke McAlary – says, “For most people, the journey towards simplicity starts with decluttering their stuff clearing out wardrobes, or sorting through books, photos and decades of sentimental items. As they look around their home in frustration, they declare, ‘That’s it! I’m buying fewer shoes/clothes/tennis racquets/toys/books/CDs. I’m sick of clearing this stuff out!’ But fast-forward twelve months and you’ll find many of them are back at it, grumbling about how they would prefer to be watching TV, relaxing, drinking a beer or playing with their kids. Instead, they’re clearing out the garage again.”

The chapters in the book deal with single-tasking, getting down morning and evening rhythms (not routines), brain dumping, three things, gratitude and tilting. I explain these below:

  • Single-tasking – immersing yourself in a task you do regularly and not doing anything or thinking about anything else
  • Rhythms – identify needs and wants for mornings and evenings which sets the tone for the day in terms of things that should be done
  • Brain dumping – writing out all kinds of things that are swirling around in your head, possibly keeping you up at night, that you get out on paper
  • Three things – if you get nothing else done in a day, write out three things that are most important and get those done. If you get more done, awesome.
  • Gratitude – while you’re writing down the brain dump and three things, you might as well write down things you are grateful for. It helps to re-wire your brain for looking at the positive in life.
  • Tilting – the opposite of  work/lifebalance. When there are things that come up or take more of your time, deal with them and don’t beat yourself up about the other things that you can’t get to. For example, your child is sick. Take care of your child and don’t worry so much about the dishes. It’s kind of like three things – if you get more done, great, but there is only so much time in a day so priorities trump balance.

The book is an easy and quick read. It’s a good place to start if you are looking for small steps to get where you need to be. Here’s a link to the book: Destination Simple


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