Limits are a good thing!
Shopping with cash limits your purchases.
Ordering one scoop limits your calories.
Scheduling events limits your activities.
We deceive ourselves when we think we can have it all and do it all everyday all year long. That’s how we end up overwhelmed and exhausted. Not exactly a fun way to live.
We tend to default to thinking about how much we can pack into every moment of the day. We think about how fast we can go and how much we can check off the list. We endure so many activities—all in the name of being busy. Not exactly the best use of our time.
It is such a refreshing change of pace to allow yourself to have limits in your life.
Limits give you permission to say,
“That will be enough, thank you.” – Olive Wagar
When you discover new limits, you don’t keep accumulating more stuff.
When you discover new limits, you don’t keep adding in more activities.
When you pass a garage sale, you say, “I have enough.”
When you look at a sale flyer, you say, “I have enough.”
When you look at an event calendar, you say, “I will choose the best activity.”
You give yourself permission:
- To set a limit for email time
- To set a limit for social medial time
- To set a limit for entertainment time
- To set a limit for shopping time
- To set a limit for cleaning time
- To set a limit for working time
Using a timer during the day can really make a difference. We tend to get easily distracted and lose track of time, which results in spending more time than we estimated. Repeat that several times each day and you will be wondering where the day went and what did you accomplish.
You can use the timer on your phone, a simple kitchen timer, or the fabulous product called Time-Timer.
Why do less? So you can enjoy more! Or as Rachel Jonat says in the title of her simple little book— do less: finally live an intentional, meaningful life. You get to set the limits. You get to decide what is most meaningful to you. (Click here to read more about this wonderful resource.)
So today I have choices to make. I don’t have to passively let the world set the pace of my life. I have limits to discover. Those limits can bring happiness and contentment.
What will you do less of today?