6 Ways to Lighten Your Load
Life is difficult. It’s even more difficult when you are weighed down by burdens too heavy for you to bear. You were not made to carry such heavy weights in your daily life. You were created to be free both inside and out, and you have the power to make choices that will allow you to experience wholeness and fulfillment in life.
It can be hard to keep a clear head and open heart when circumstances have taken up residence, and we are consumed by the everyday tasks of life. Dysfunction and a lack of productivity often are the outcome when we carry loads of stuff that we were never meant to carry in the first place. But there are ways we can set ourselves free by lightening our load and embracing balance and peace of mind in our lives. Here they are:
1. Take the time to rest. Rest is not the same thing as sleep. Many people sleep without resting, but few people rest without sleeping. Take a break from the daily grind to walk on the beach, go to the spa, watch a movie, or simply sit outside and watch the sunset. Rest may feel like you’re doing nothing at all, but doing nothing is sometimes the most active thing you can do to rejuvenate your mind and body. Rest helps keep life balanced.
2. Learn to say “No”. If you feel like you always have to say “yes” to everyone and every project that come your way, you will rarely get anything worthwhile done. “No” is one of the most important words in the dictionary. You can’t do everything; if you try, you’ll end up doing nothing. So, learn to say “no” and mean it.
3. Delegate. I used to hate the idea of delegation. I never liked giving responsibilities to other people, no matter how small the task was. But doing everything yourself will not only wear you out, but can turn out to be a source of pride. Not delegating to others is stingy leadership. In order to make the most of your time, you must learn to give duties to other people who can do just as good a job as you can, if not a better one.
4. Get unwired. We live in a very connected, plugged in world. Events happen at the speed of light and it is necessary for us to be informed. However, it is a good idea, every now and then, to unplug your smart phone, computer, iPad, and other devices that connect you to the world, and take a moment to listen to your own voice. It’s hard to hear yourself speak or think in a room full of noise.
5. Make a list of things you need to do and would like to do for yourself. And then go do them. Our personal agendas often get pushed to the back burner because we put work, projects, and the demands of others ahead of them. This is not always good. For your own wellbeing, you must have a good balance between what you do for others and what you do for yourself.
6. Declutter your space. If we’re honest, much of our personal space — our office, our house, our dorm room, or wherever we spend the most time — is pretty cluttered. A cluttered space is often reflective of a cluttered mind. It is hard to get anything done with massive amounts of papers, books, boxes, documents, and files surrounding us. The task of cleaning up may seem overwhelming. But you will enjoy a breath of fresh air mentally if you remove the clutter from your space.
I hope these six tips will help you lighten your load, gain a little perspective, get into a peaceful flow of thoughts and actions, and live the life you were meant to live in freedom and on purpose.