Are you ready?!  I sure am!  I have been thinking about this series for a few months now.  I hope you enjoy it as much as I have enjoyed putting it together for you!

Are you ready to experience MORE in your life?  Not more stress or more to do’s, but MORE actual LIVING in your life?!  That is what I am going to be teaching you.  Grab a cup of tea (or coffee or a smoothie), a spiral notebook or loose leaf paper, your handouts (Click here to download your handoutsand let’s get started!!

Finding more time in your schedule and space in your life

To clear excess from your life, you have to decide what needs to be in your life.  Also, to decide what needs to be eliminated from your calendar, you need to determine what must stay.  To do this, you must identify your priorities.  As you do this, it gives you a filter to sift all of your commitments through.

Guidance.  Recently, I was going through a frustrating time and just felt overwhelmed and like my life was out of control.  I came across a book by Kathy Peel called Desperate Households.  It really helped me process through some things and get a glimpse of the bigger picture.  Then, I evaluated my life and my schedule from this place.  The process helped me see things more clearly.  I will share her questions with you.  Get some notebook paper and I challenge you to work through the answers.  Or, if you don’t have 10-15 minutes now, write them down and think through them later.

  1. Make a list of things that are most important to you (might be financial security, spiritual growth, fulfilling marriage, good relationships with your kids, being fit and active, etc.)
  2. Answer this question: If you knew you had only a year to live, how would you spend your time?  What would you change about the way you run your home and life?
  3. Write a paragraph describing how you want your children to remember you.  List specific traits.

Great Reminder.  When you say, “Yes” to one thing, you are saying, “No” to another.

Your Life.  Now, let’s evaluate your life.  What do you need to let go of in your life, that does not line up with your priorities?  What takes away your time, attention or energy from the things that truly matter to you?  What one thing could you let go of that will make the biggest impact on you living out your priorities?

Your Calendar.  Let’s take a look at your calendar.  What commitments, events, activities are taking up valuable time, effort and energy that need to go?  What do you need to let go of so that your calendar reflects your priorities?

Action Step.  I want you to look over your notes.  What needs to change?  What ONE thing could you change about your life, right now, that would have a big impact?  Write it down on your sheet.  Does this change involve one step or multiple steps?  If there are a few steps, right down each one you need to take to complete this action.

Now, evaluate your calendar.  What ONE thing, if you let it go, could make a big impact on your schedule?  Are you able to just stop, or do you need to begin to work yourself out of it?  Write down the steps you need to take to make this happen.

Contemplate.  How does this process feel?  Work through these feelings.  Maybe you need to journal about what is going on for you emotionally right now.  I know it may feel scary, but this is where your life can begin to shift!  True change is always a bit scary, but oh my, if you can lean into the fear and process through it and take steps anyway . . . look out!  Amazing things will be in your future 🙂

I would LOVE to know what this exercise was like for you!!!  Please comment below or comment in the Facebook group.  Let’s spur one another on!!!!

7 comments on “Laying a STRONG Foundation: Finding extra clutter”

  1. Another wonderful article Marjie. I will take your suggestions to heart, and I can feel it’ll definitely make a difference.

  2. Thanks, Marjie! I especially like your questions about how you would live if you only had a year to live, and how you want your kids to remember you. I just returned from my cousin’s funeral and am more acutely aware of the need to live every day as if it was my last and show love to everyone.

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