Live the sim­ple life

Per­sonal fit­ness with Chris Hunt

The Wokingham Paper - - HEALTH -

IT’S fi­nally here, the fi­nal Thurs­day be­fore Christ­mas and in fact the fi­nal col­umn for this year. Last week we talked about com­mu­ni­ca­tion and we delved into some tac­tics and tech­niques that you can use in this very so­cial time of year. Have you been us­ing any of these tac­tics and tech­niques in the last seven days?

This week I want to lit­er­ally list some “sim­ple life” in­sights and thoughts that I have con­sumed over the last 12 months that you can use in your life mov­ing for­ward. I al­ways find that some­times as a coach you may not al­ways agree with what I say but the job of a coach is to open your mind and give you sug­ges­tions so that you can make your own de­ci­sion.

So what in­sights can I of­fer you on life this week that in­volve sim­plic­ity?

In the words of Steve Mueller: “Life has be­come a hec­tic strug­gle. We’re so busy chas­ing ever more that our lives have be­come clut­tered with un­nec­es­sary be­long­ings, re­spon­si­bil­i­ties and ex­tra bur­dens. These things have clouded our lives so heav­ily that it’s dif­fi­cult to fo­cus on the things that are re­ally im­por­tant and mean­ing­ful to us. We at­tribute mean­ing to in­signif­i­cant things, while com­pletely miss­ing out on the truly mag­nif­i­cent as­pects of life. By liv­ing sim­ply, you can put much greater em­pha­sis on the cen­tral as­pects of your life that are re­ally im­por­tant to you. Less can of­ten be more.”

Fol­low­ing on from the above state­ment I want to of­fer you a load of tips and in­sights that you may find use­ful mov­ing for­ward into 2018. Check these “sim­ple life” in­sights out be­low:

Choose qual­ity over quan­tity. With ev­ery de­ci­sion you meet, try to choose qual­ity over quan­tity. It’s not im­por­tant to have as many pos­ses­sions as pos­si­ble. All that mat­ters is to have qual­ity things that add real value to your life.

Eval­u­ate your pos­ses­sions. Make a list of ev­ery­thing you own. Once you’re fin­ished, as­sess the im­por­tance of each pos­ses­sion.

Ask your­self if the ob­ject con­trib­utes real value to your life, or if it makes things more com­pli­cated. Most likely, you will dis­cover that many things drain your en­ergy or bank ac­count or sim­ply steal valu­able time from your life. But you will also find cen­tral as­pects that add joy, sat­is­fac­tion and ful­fil­ment to

your life. Work grad­u­ally on re­mov­ing the nonessen­tial pos­ses­sions you’ve iden­ti­fied. You won’t re­gret it and it will give you more time to spend with those you love.

Eval­u­ate your time com­mit­ments. You can sim­plify a great deal of your life by pri­ori­tis­ing your com­mit­ments and re­mov­ing those that are lead­ing you nowhere. It can help you to de-clut­ter your time sched­ule sig­nif­i­cantly. Liv­ing sim­ply means to stop fill­ing your days from morn­ing to evening with time in­ten­sive com­mit­ments. Fo­cus on mean­ing­ful and im­por­tant com­mit­ments and let go of un­pro­duc­tive and in­signif­i­cant ones.

Do more of what you love. Pur­sue things you love. Spend more of your time with ac­tiv­i­ties that ful­fil you.

Stop mul­ti­task­ing. Mul­ti­task­ing is a myth. If you still be­lieve in it, you might be de­creas­ing your pro­duc­tiv­ity sig­nif­i­cantly. Re­search has shown time and time again that mul­ti­task­ing is not pos­si­ble. Try­ing to switch from one task to another will only in­crease stress lev­els while at the same time low­er­ing your pro­duc­tiv­ity. In short, don’t do it. In­stead, fo­cus all your at­ten­tion on mas­ter­ing the task at hand. Once it’s com­plete, ad­dress the next task.

Learn to say no. Re­ject­ing re­quests can be quite dif­fi­cult. But it can make the dif­fer­ence be­tween liv­ing a peace­ful, sim­ple life and be­ing con­stantly in a rush. If you’re un­able to say no, you’ll au­to­mat­i­cally take on way too many obli­ga­tions, re­spon­si­bil­i­ties and tasks.

Spend more time alone. Most peo­ple are un­com­fort­able with hav­ing to spend time alone. Don’t be one of them. Soli­tude can be good for you. Use the time you’re alone for re­gen­er­a­tion, self-main­te­nance and self­growth.

Check emails only once or twice a day. Another im­por­tant as­pect of sim­pli­fy­ing your life is to check emails only at spec­i­fied times. Keep it to a max­i­mum of twice a day. I have used this sys­tem my­self and found it to be highly ben­e­fi­cial. Give it a go; it re­ally is an awe­some tac­tic.

Live in the mo­ment. Don’t let the past haunt you and fear of the fu­ture paral­yse you. In­stead, en­joy the beauty of the mo­ment. This present mo­ment is all you have. Use it to build a sta­ble fun­da­ment for your fu­ture. And for­get about the past. Use the ex­pe­ri­ences you’ve made in the past as im­por­tant lessons to grow stronger. And try to avoid mak­ing sim­i­lar mis­takes in the fu­ture. Then you’ll be fine.

Live more de­lib­er­ately. Your time is a fi­nite re­source. Spend it in­ten­tion­ally and make sure to pay the fullest at­ten­tion to what­ever it is you’re do­ing at the present mo­ment.

Get rid of neg­a­tive habits. Your habits can be a great ob­sta­cle to its liv­ing a more sim­pli­fied life. Iden­tify habits that stand in-be­tween you liv­ing sim­ply. Get rid of these neg­a­tive habits by re­plac­ing them with more ben­e­fi­cial habits.

Be com­fort­able with do­ing noth­ing. Un­for­tu­nately, not do­ing any­thing is widely con­sid­ered a mor­tal sin. Many peo­ple hate do­ing noth­ing be­cause it makes them feel un­pro­duc­tive. But went comes to sim­pli­fy­ing your life, be­ing able to just re­lax and to do noth­ing can be ab­so­lutely amaz­ing. I have been do­ing this more in the last quar­ter of this year. I pen­cil in time ev­ery now and again and do noth­ing, it is very sim­i­lar to med­i­ta­tion in that gives my brain the chance to process and de­clut­ter.

These are just a few in­sights in how to sim­plify your life and there­fore make life more ful­fill­ing and pro­duc­tive in­ter­nally and ex­ter­nally.

I am sure you could come up with some more. It’s Christ­mas Day in four days, maybe the best present you could give to some­one is your time and un­di­vided at­ten­tion.

Maybe the best present you could give your­self is to be present in life, own your mind and to keep things sim­ple yet ef­fec­tive.

Next year will see the launch of my Sky­rocket Your Build and my Sky­rocket Your Build Fast Track pro­grams. They are all about op­ti­mis­ing you… Your BODY. Your MIND. Your LIFE.

For now, I want you to en­joy this amaz­ing time of the year. Have an ab­so­lutely amaz­ing Christ­mas and I re­ally do hope you and your loved ones have a fan­tas­tic time.

Un­til Jan­uary 2018… A very Merry Christ­mas to you.

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