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Creating A Simpler Life--Step One

Do you dream of living a simpler life, but never get around to creating it? Life has a way of devouring your time and before you know it, it's too late. Daydreaming is a vital part of life and bringing those daydreams to reality is something, I believe, you are charged to do. As a coach I inspire you to live your dreams and guide you toward realizing them. So if you've been dreaming of a simpler life, it's time to stop dreaming and start acting!
There are four steps that I believe are crucial to creating simplicity in your life:
  1. Be intimately acquainted with your values
  2. Create order in your environment
  3. Learn to manage yourself around time
  4. Create a possibilities mindset
The first step is important because values act as a compass. Most of your values stay fairly constant throughout your life, but some do change. They are the qualities that make you feel right about yourself and your surroundings. They express to the world what you stand for, what's important to you and what you care about. When you are aligned with your values your vision and purpose are clear. You are more peaceful and live in a manner more true to your nature.
  If you want life to be simpler know in which direction you're headed. It's similar to having a map on a road trip. You'll get to your destination a whole lot faster and much less stressed out if you have a good map to follow. You may want to take a detour for fun, if you have the time, but having clear direction eases the mind.
Some values that many of us follow are: honesty, family, spirituality, being in service, knowledge and having a good work ethic. If you aren't clear about your values here are some questions that will help you.
**If you were going to be stranded on a deserted island for one year with no family, friends or pets and all of your basic needs were being taken care of—food, water, shelter, etc-- what are five things you would take with you? Why?
**What are some traditions, rituals, events that bring joy to your life?
** What are the qualities of the people with whom you associate?
**What is something you never fail to do in any situation?
**How do you handle stressful or challenging situations? Does it work for you?
When you've identified your values write them down and create a plan to commit yourself to them. Begin to notice what happens when you follow them and when you don't. When does life feel simpler?
I'll cover step two next week.
Love To You,

posted on: 6/11/2009 12:00:00 PM by Maggie McCauley
category: The Mental Side

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by Claire McFee - Director Organize Your Life on 6/29/2009 8:35:29 AM:

I love this article Maggie. Our values definitely do act as a compass in our lives. Over the years, the clearer I have become about my values the easier and more fulfilling my life has become. This is not a coincidence and can be changed with the flick of a switch in your minds 'thoughts'. Claire McFee Organize Your Life

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Maggie McCauley, ACC, LICSW, The Effortless Organizing Coach, is the president of "A New View". She takes a holistic approach to organizing coaching her clients to create new habits that promote overall well-being, a sense of freedom and peace of mind.

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