A year to simplify

Every year I – like so many people – determine my 3 words for the year.

This year, I’ve consolidated the process down to 1 word. That in itself is telling, right?

My word for the year is: simplify.

Not simplicity. Not simple. I’m using the verb – simplify – on purpose.

The last few years have been hectic. I’ve made a number of changes in my personal and professional life. Most of them are pretty good, but still they all mean that I’ve added: a lot. And subtracted: nothing.

Do that enough and suddenly, you’re awash in complexity.

As someone who coaches people to simplify, this is not a good look.

As I regularly re-learn, the power is in the edit, not the add. If I don’t eliminate the noise, I won’t be able to hear my inner wisdom.

So, given my mandate to “simplify,” here are four actions I’m committing to this year. I hope you might also find them helpful.

Conducting a “life audit.”

I’m scrutinizing my routines, commitments, and activities to see what I can streamline or remove. I’m asking myself tough questions like do I really need this? Is this the best use of my time/energy? How could I simplify this? It’s already been a game-changer!

Retooling my daily systems.

I often forget that the structures that worked for me in the past may not be the right ones now. This year I wrote down the few things that will add the most leverage to my life. I’ve been practicing them for the past few weeks and so far so good.

Carve out more pockets of “white space” in my calendar.

This is buffer time with no obligations. This quiet space helps me reflect, recharge, and tap into inspiration.

Tuning into my intuition more fully.

If it’s not a “hell yes,” it’s a no. If it’s a “no” I say no quickly and then I don’t second-guess myself.

What about you? Is there anything you want to eliminate or streamline this year?

What are your words for the year?

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