Waste free living for many people means reducing annual household waste/rubbish/landfill/trash to fit within a glass jar.
It’s admirable and one which Eco Organiser® works towards, but have you ever considered the time wasted not living your true life, constantly looking at or for stuff- social media, trawling websites to buy stuff or time spent running late from one appointment to the other, working ever hour you can to earn money to buy stuff to fulfill your version of a good life?
The Gift of Time
Time is precious and highly sort after, how often have we heard or said “I wish I had more time” “if only I had more time, I would be better organised” I have never heard of anyone lying on their death bed saying “I wish I got to the half yearly sales” they are more likely to say “I wish I had more time with my family, friends and loved ones”
As we strive to find Covid norm, my hope is that as we start to see what’s really important and not waste opportunities when they arise. Struggling to find time, check out our top 10 tips to find time for what’s really important.
- Switch off and slow down
By switching off distractions and reconnecting with our inner self, allows time to focus on what is truly important in your lives, things such as health and happiness, maybe it’s to stop “doing” and enjoy the moment.
- Get tough on stuff
If stuff does not add value to your life, only drags you down, invest time to rethink what is your life’s purpose. Holding onto stuff or buying stuff that does not fit with your life’s purpose does not make financial or environmental sense.
- Will this stuff add value to my life?
- Do I love this stuff?
- How will I responsibly dispose of when I don’t need it?
- Check out Eco Organiser® Useful Links
3. Visualise life beyond the stuff
A picture tells a 1000 words so why not create a vision board of how you would like your life to look and feel like once the clutter (physical, mental) is gone, include your dreams, goals and aspirations. Example: Space to mediate and relax, more time spent with loved ones.
- The grass is always greener on the other side
I am sure everyone of us have worn those green coloured glasses, life is so much easier if I only had that new car, new clothes & shoes or holiday. Taking off the glasses for a moment and observing what you have makes good financial and environmental sense. Ask yourself: Do I have similar ready? Can I repurpose or repair things to extend their life? Utilising the things, we have before buying more helps reduce our carbon footprint.
- Drop multi-tasking before you drop your bundle
Studies show multi-tasking is not an effective use of our precious time. Focusing on one thing at a time we tend to complete it more efficiently. Multi-tasking leads to shortcuts which can lead to accidents, confusion and often the task needing to be repeated.
- Mind Full or Mindfulness
Ever had a feeling of restlessness, your mind is constantly busy thinking, planning the next thing you must do or achieve? It feels like your mind is full of STUFF.
- Do I need this stuff?
- Will it add value to my life or will it be something else to worry about?
- Solution: Stop, close your eyes and breathe.
7. Declutter time, home, relationships
As the saying goes “less is more” rushing from one thing to another, barely taking a breath never allowing yourself to savour the moment, sounds stressful and tiring. Clearing clutter of any kind (physical, mental, digital, habit) allows space for new ideas and projects or space to do nothing. How to ethically declutter
- Know when good, is good enough
I am not perfect and thank goodness I am not alone. No one is perfect, no one has the perfect life or home. Does owning or working hard to buy more stuff to the create the biggest and best home or lifestyle make us any happier? Which do you prefer, time spent working and finessing until it’s perfect or time spent enjoying the experience, conversation, walk or life’s journey?
Rethink and ask yourself: When was the last time I stepped back from a situation, project, creation and said yes that is good enough?
- Cultivate Gratitude
Planting seeds for change take a little time to grow, yet cultivating a habit of acknowledging what we have helps ease FOMOS. Write down 5 things you are grateful for every day, example: clean water, fresh air, fresh food, a smiling face, a happy baby.
- Enjoy life
If there is one thing covid has taught us; life is short, there is no time like the present to enjoy what we have.