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Today is about simplifying and purifying your life. Maybe you know books like Simplify Your Life! or Marie Kondo’s advice on organizing? If not, why not go to your favorite bookstore and leaf through these books?
In our household, daily life, circle of friends, and our subconscious, we’ve noted things we wanted to have, found, or were given to us. Some of them have given us joy for a long time, and some of them have annoyed us. Take advantage of the 90-Day Program to clean up and muck out this area of your life. Minimize, purge, and release irrelevant things from your life.
Your task today consists of three steps:
- Make a list of items, tasks, activities, and people that cost you time, money, energy, and/or attention, which don’t please you. Giving up, letting go, or quitting such things is good for you and gives you more freedom for your plans.
- Prioritize your list in descending order by writing a number beside each point.
- Afterward, record the first step to eliminate each point from your life and enter this step in your calendar. You should plan three of them in the next five working days and the rest in the subsequent three weeks. Start with the point that would give you the most “free space” or “leeway” if you eliminated it, then the one with the second most benefit if you gave it up, etc.
Here are some examples to inspire you:
- Cancel memberships that no longer mean anything to you. If there are things you have committed to (e.g., a club), which are no longer meaningful, and may even burden you, terminate them. Do it even if it’s difficult because you’re supposedly disappointing other people (e.g., club members). It will give you a stronger feeling of freedom and self-determination.
- Think about the people you spend time with and their effect on you. Friends are very important for happiness and health, so cultivate your good friendships; don’t sacrifice them for work. But often, people have crept into your life, robbing you of energy, burdening you, and always leaving you with a bad feeling after interacting with them. Even if it takes a lot of effort: Separate yourself from them and use the time for yourself or for people who are good for you. These “energy suckers” often make you feel responsible for them or make you feel guilty when you turn them down. Don’t let this put you off. It will do you good and give you more self-confidence if you decide for yourself and your life who you spend your time with.
- Hand in tasks that are not close to your heart. Think about what tasks and work you do in your everyday life and whether someone else can take over. For example, you could carpool with other parents to take the children to school or sports. Hire a cleaner. Maybe other people enjoy the work you have to do (e.g., gardening) or who will do it for a small wage (e.g., young people in the neighborhood). Be creative and dare to ask for help. It works better than you think!
- Clean out your rooms, drawers, cupboards, tables, etc. That frees you up immensely. To do this, start with just one area (e.g., the wardrobe, the bathroom, the cellar), get three large empty boxes, and set a time window of 60 minutes. During this time, go through all the things, considering whether you’ll enjoy looking at them. If so, put them in the “Keep” box; if not, put them in the “Dispose of” box. If you can’t decide, put them in the “Let’s see” box. After 60 minutes, put the “keep” things in their place and get rid of the things in the “Dispose” box: parts go in the rubbish, the rest go on the street for others to enjoy.
Throw away anything left after 48 hours. Is that a waste of resources? Yes, it is! But it’s also a waste of resources if you burden your life with it, so let’s close our eyes and just throw it away.