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May 15, 2007
Do you feel that there aren't enough hours during the day to complete all the tasks that seem to keep the wheels of family life turning smoothly. Do you drive yourself to exhaustion trying to be, and do, all things for all people. Do you feel that you re not really living but existing from job to job, crisis to crisis. You are not alone. Lots of families tend to get caught up in the fury of the moment.
You have to slow down; begin to simplify family life; take an unreasonable burden off your shoulders. Step one: Ascertain what can be eliminated from your revolving-door lifestyle.
Close examination of your day-to-day activities will prove interesting and informative. Write down the where, what, how and why of each activity undertaken. You'll be surprised when you see your daily routine on paper. You'll also begin to notice repetitive patterns that show up every day - car out of driveway four times - ten trips to the basement - eleven telephone calls - a load or two of laundry.
Once the list is at hand, the rule that time must be allocated for important tasks comes into play.
But, you have to ascertain what is important for yourself and family. If growing your own food is
The relevance of all activities must be questioned. After consultation with family members, you might find out that a son doesn't really want to play in a sports league, a daughter doesn't like dancing lessons and prefers to listen to music. You don't need the personal hassle of involvement in too many clubs. Hubby doesn't have to take up golf just because all his workmates are learning the game.
You'll find that as unwanted and unwarranted activities are removed from your schedule, your life will become less complicated and you will save money. Can you sell that second car? Can you eliminate the expense of someone else training your puppy? Do you need that leaf blower when the wind does a wonderful job for free? Do you need that snowmobile and membership in co-responding club when all you really want do to is sit before the hearth with a good book on a winter s weekend? Are you compromising quality of life for quantity of unnecessary adult toys.
ĆOnce you've pared your list down to the necessaries, apply the basics of time management then
learn to delegate. Kids are quite capable of sorting clothes, doing laundry, carrying things to the
ĆOn another topic, I had a very naive reporter approach me with a strange question. He, like some
people, equated simplicity with poverty or down-in-the-heel circumstances. He wanted me to
ĆSome people live simply by choice; others by fate. It is a fact that most humans have the ability
to adapt to any financial or physical lifestyle, and to live happily in their particular situation, be
it self-imposed or fate-imposed. Even though some individuals live in less than adequate
circumstances - let's call it gentle poverty- many don't compromise the quality of life and
standards they have set for themselves within their restrictive financial and physical
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