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Simplify. Simplify. Simplify. January 7, 2019

Posted by nrhatch in Happiness, Less IS More, Life Balance, Mindfulness.

At the end of one year and the beginning of the next, I review and evaluate what’s “working” and what’s not “earning its keep.”

This year, I realized that my record-keeping has gotten out of hand.

I track too many things in too many different places.

On a regular basis, I’m juggling and updating a To Do list, a Calendar of Events, Travel ideas, Recipes and Meal Plans, a Grocery List, Villa & Auto (repairs and maintenance), Gifts, Charitable Donations, Medical, E-mails, Photos, Notes, Gratitude Basket, Net Worth, Budget/Expenses, Investment Holdings, Taxes, Insurance,  Blog Ideas, Photo Albums, Etc..

It’s too much.

Less is more.

It’s time to re-evaluate the value of each.

Simplify.  Simplify.  Simplify.

Aah . . . that’s better!


1. joyroses13 - January 7, 2019

Good luck in simplifying! A great way to start off tie New Year!

nrhatch - January 7, 2019

Thanks, JR13! I’ve made a bit of progress but have a ways to go before things are whittled down to a manageable size.

joyroses13 - January 7, 2019

You are welcome. Just make sure no white bunnies are hiding anywhere! 🙂

nrhatch - January 8, 2019

I’ve decided to ask Colonel Mustard for advice! 😀

2. Jill Weatherholt - January 7, 2019

I agree, Nancy…simplify and minimize!

nrhatch - January 7, 2019

Go Eagles!
That was quite a finish, eh?

3. Joanne Sisco - January 7, 2019

We seem to have landed in the same place. For me, this year is all about ‘less’.

nrhatch - January 7, 2019

Less is more in many realms. Enjoy simplifying!

4. Val Boyko - January 7, 2019

Thats a lot of tracking Nancy. Time to retire some of those habits and give yourself a break 😎

nrhatch - January 7, 2019

I used to track every dime we spent using MS MONEY. Then my computer was accidentally wiped clean by a technician. OOPS! I realized that I didn’t mind losing all that raw data since I never really needed it anyway. 😀

Letting go of tracking every cent felt great. Still does. Time to jettison some more flotsam and jetsam!

5. L. Marie - January 7, 2019

Wow! So many items to keep track of. I see why you want to simplify. I’m trying to do the same thing. So much stress is alleviated that way.

nrhatch - January 7, 2019

We’ve simplified in many ways over the past 20+ years, but I tend to cling to “memory aids” to help me recall days, weeks, months, years, decades . . .

Maybe it would be better to let it all go! And just Be Here Now!

6. Tippy Gnu - January 7, 2019

I think there’s a circle of life here. Boredom leads to complications. Stress leads to simplifying.

nrhatch - January 7, 2019

That . . . and extraneous clutter can be tedious to wade through. It can slow our forward momentum. And it takes up valuable space in both our external and internal landscape ~ space that could be put to better use for more profitable endeavors.

7. Kate Crimmins - January 7, 2019

Hopefully you don’t need all of that. Perhaps you can get smarter about how you track too. What would Marie Kondo do? 🙂

nrhatch - January 7, 2019

She would say, “Go Eagles!” We watched the end of the game last night. What a finish!!!

Everything I track has “some” value (last oil change, last A/C check, last medical exam, etc.) ~ but many of the things I track do not have “enough” value to justify their continued existence.

So some streamlining is in order ~> I’m letting go of records that are more trouble than they’re worth, combining others so that I have fewer places to look, and refocusing my attention on NOW.

8. Debra - January 7, 2019

I think you’re onto something, Nancy. I think I overdo it myself. It’s worth evaluating and simplifying anything in my life that takes more time than I want to give!

nrhatch - January 8, 2019

Over the years, I’ve experimented with different approaches ~ from notepads to spreadsheets ~ to record past events, future plans, financial snapshots, etc. Everything I do has some “value” but collectively it’s “too much.”

So it’s time to whittle it down!

9. Behind the Story - January 9, 2019

That first picture of Donald really exemplifies how all that record keeping can make us feel. He looks so much happier with his feet up.

nrhatch - January 9, 2019

Yes! Kick it to the curb . . . then kick back and chill!

10. Walk the Goats - January 10, 2019

Wow. Reading about all the things you track made me think of…well, me. I, too, have stuff tracked on several apps and multiple spreadsheets. The number of things I’m tracking grew after my mom’s death as I’ve tried to sort through a second household. But after reading your post about what’s “earning its keep,” I stopped short. It would be a good use of time to reevaluate all that I track (and keep in the way of papers). Thanks for the gentle encouragement to do that! Loved this piece.

nrhatch - January 11, 2019

Good luck with your valuation! 😀

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