I hope things are wonderful in your world. I hope you have been taking my advice to heart and simplifying your life. I hope you are entertaining, if not embracing, the concept of Essentialism. For in pursuing the Essentialism Lifestyle™ you allow yourself to live a fuller and more meaningful life… There is peace, joy and abundance in the spaces in between, in the taking a breath, in the quiet, in the focusing your attention, in the saying No to the extra, in the asking for help or support. There is Flow in this… There is more bandwidth, energy, effectiveness, productivity, impact, and reward…
With a more streamlined approach to life, you get to be in the moment more. To enjoy the little things more. To savor life more. To connect with your loved ones more. And therein is the magic…
Before the Holiday Season is upon us and we wonder what happened to Autumn, let’s make sure we take this concept seriously to slow down time…, keep our sanity, or better yet to enjoy much happiness and wellness. It is with much pleasure that I bring to you the Autumn Bucket List! This is not to do everything on the list and pack your free time with extra stuff. Rather, this is meant as an inspiration to create more free time to allow you to enjoy the good things in life… Don’t make it a goal to cross of everything on this, or your own list… Rather, look at this list for inspiration, glee, amusement and replenishment…
Take a look at your Teams – your family members, your coworkers, your colleagues, and such. What kind of team member are you? I’ll bet, because you are reading this, you tend to take on more than your share… It’s time to own the concept of simplicity, of putting better systems and accountability in place, of working off strengths, of setting better boundaries, and of focusing on priorities. Focusing on the vital few commitments versus the trivial many is where the rubber meets the road!
Here are a few pointers towards Essentialism:
- Protect your time from interruptions and distractions
- Limit time with energy-zapping people or activities
- Only make commitments you want to keep
- Compassionately and gently tell others you can’t meet their request
- Set clear expectations and accountability
- Let others carry their own weight
- Select your Big Focus and safeguard it from the rest
- Block off “unscheduled time”
- Use the “unscheduled time” to nurture yourself, to ponder, to Be
This brings us back to sprinkling joyful activities into our life. If you plan an outing with the kids or your partner in the name of sprinkling joyful activities but you end up more stressed out, tired and aggravated, maybe it’s time to reconsider how you refill your cup… Obviously, how the activity is set up and carried out, and how the interactions are allowed to play out are important in and of themselves. But this is for another topic. In the meantime, focus on what actually gives you Joy. The benefit is exponential…
Remember to complete the MetroRelationsip™ Assignment below to help you effortlessly implement this, make changes and immediately start creating your Successful Relationship and Meaningful Life…
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~ Your MetroRelationship™ Assignment
What areas in your life create the most chaos, are overflowing with to-dos, are the least productive, and give you the most agita?
Make a commitment with yourself to tackle this area from an Essentialism angle: streamline, cut out, set boundaries, FOCUS.
Stay on this till there is more room to breathe, then reward yourself with a super fun or nurturing activity.
Add this to your Tool Kit…
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Emma K. Viglucci, LMFT is the Founder and Director of Metropolitan Marriage & Family Therapy, PLLC, a private practice that specializes in working with couples, she is the creator of the MetroRelationship™ philosophy and a variety of Successful Couple™ content that assist couples succeed at their relationship and their life. Stay Connected™ with Emma and receive weekly Connection Notes in your inbox with Personal Growth and Relationship Enrichment insights and strategies, visit: www.metrorelationship.com.