Simplifying in a Tight Economy

“I want more! I need a new…(gadget, toy, tool, lounge suite)! My  life will be better when I get a…!”

Do you sometimes find yourself talking like this? These desires allure our acute consumerist appetite.  Advertising subtly and overtly ignites our imagination for a better, more satisfying life. But after a brief love affair with our new toys, bigger house, car or fancier heating/cooling system, we find ourselves absorbed more and more with their upkeep, credit card interest and with less and less time for our dreams….the things we said we were working for….

And somehow life seems a little emptier.

I found a great article recently on how one man got back the joy of feeling alive again through decluttering his life. In his book “The Power of Less”, Leo Babauta tells his journey of joyful discovery in  “the fine art of limiting yourself to the essential…in business and in life”. Leo also has 6 children. I downloaded the FREE eBOOK which is a terrific and simple read.

“With the countless distractions that come from every corner of modern life, it’s amazing that we’re ever able to accomplish anything. The Power of Less demonstrates how to  streamline your life by identifying the essential and eliminating the unnecessary — freeing you from everyday clutter and allowing you to focus on accomplishing the goals that can change your life for the better.”

* Break down any goal into manageable tasks
* Focus on only a few tasks at a time
* Create new and productive habits
* Hone your focus
* Increase your efficiency

Is it just me, or is this a message you need as well?