In the pillar post entitled “If Simple Living Is a Game, These Are The Rules”, I shared with you the 3 step process to simplify any area of your life.
The 3 steps are:
- Declutter: eliminate the unnecessary.
- Organize: put like things together.
- Maintain: control the flow of what comes in and what goes out.
One of the most important actions to help you in the maintenance phase is to set limits.
Truth is that self imposed limitations can free you up to enjoy a higher quality of life.
As Courtney Carver of BeMoreWithLess.com says, “The purpose of limits is not deprivation or suffering, but a way to decide what you really need, what you really want, and how you want to live your life.”
Try to imagine a river without banks.
The water will spread everywhere and won’t benefit anyone. Banks set limits along the river and maintain its value and usefulness. It allows the river to run in a well defined path to serve and benefit everyone.
Here’s another example of the usefulness of setting limitations …
We all aspire to develop and maintain a healthy eating habit, right?
The easiest way to achieve this goal is to empty your home from all unhealthy foods. Then, set limits on the types of food the enter your home, so that you can easily maintain a healthy eating routine.
“It’s much easier to eat a healthy diet if the food that you have at home is healthy.” – Cindy from 365LessThings.com
Limits on the unnecessary free up a room for the necessary.
When you set limits on the things that don’t matter, you free up a space for what really matters.
This is how self imposed limitations can increase the quality of your life and help you enjoy more with less.
When you set limits so that what come into your life are only the things that matter to you and bring you the most joy, then you free yourself up to enjoy the beauty of a simplified life.
Think of setting limits on:
- Accessibility (modern ways of communication made us accessible to others 24/7)
- What else can you add?
What limits are you going to set today in order to free up a space for what truly matters?
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