If your to-do list can fill up an entire wire-bound notebook, then it may be time for a to-don't list. The trick is knowing what's important to you and then taking these 10 essential steps to help you simplify your life.
"Everybody is feeling the crunch of a fast-paced life," says psychotherapist and life coach Antoinette Giacobbe. "But if you focus on quantity rather than quality, then you're probably not getting as much out of life as you can."
Antoinette is quick to quote Confucius: "Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated." And that habit can put your home, work, relationships, body and mind out of balance. To get balance back, you need to declutter and re-think some of your strategies — even those that are unintended. "Once you gain control over your life," explains Antoinette, "you can regain or reclaim your life."
Use this interactive tool and learn Antoinette's 10-step plan and start enjoying the simple life.
1. Define your core values
"Think about what's really important to you and identify your core values," advises Antoinette. "An easy way to do that is to ask yourself, 'If I had only six months to live, what would you do?' How would your to-do list change?"
For some of us that could mean spending more quality time with family and friends or learning to play a new sport. Whatever your new list looks like, Antoinette stresses that what's on that list will help you identify what's really important to you.
Once you've reconnected with your core values, it will be easy to identify what things can move to your to-don't list.