Today is the beginning of what will be a few posts looking more closely at the “hows” of the not so busy life.
If you have been thinking more deeply about the need and desire for a life that is just a little less busy then you might be wondering where to start.
I think the easiest thing to do when making this step forward is to begin by considering two broad areas of your life: life outside and life inside your home. It’s a simple step (perhaps not easy) that causes you to stop and reflect.
Life Outside Your Home
This might be where people generally point when thinking about the busyness of life. It’s a good place to look. Look at life outside your home.
How full is your calendar? How crazy is your month? And does that crazy month just lead to another crazy month? Are you spending hours upon hours driving here, there, and everywhere? What types of activities fill your days and weeks? What outside-of-the-house activities really seem to drain you?
Those are a wide-variety of questions to consider, but they are helpful in “taking the temperature” of your life outside the home.
Life Inside Your Home
I would say it is less common to look inside the home when considering the busyness of life, but it can play a role in the overall condition of your life.
Do you always feel “behind”? Is your home a source of stress? Are your to-do lists mounting? Do you feel burdened by the tasks that lay before you? Are you overwhelmed by household chores? Are you spending more time than you would like on the care and upkeep of your home? Do you spend many of your days simply managing your stuff?
Again, it’s an array of questions to ask yourself, but perhaps, as you do, the busyness of your home life will be revealed.
Find Your Busy
It might become quickly apparent which area of your life, outside or inside your home, is the main source of busyness. If you can pinpoint one as the major trouble area, start there. If they both seem equally busy to you, then just pick either (or perhaps the one that seems like you will tackle with more ease).
And tackle you will…
I won’t get into the specifics quite yet. I am saving that for my next post, but I wanted to get you started on separating your life into these 2 broad categories.
So, take a bit of time in the next few days to carefully consider these 2 broad areas of your life. Where do you find yourself to be most busy? Identifying the area is a good start!
What about you? Which area of your life seems to be the bigger source of busyness? I would love to hear from you, so drop me a comment below!
Until next time,