Scaling Down Time Commitments: The Final Tidying Frontier?

I know it’s been FOREVER since I released a blog post, so I apologize for the hiatus and the more-than-likely informality of this post. I want to get my feet wet with writing again; I’ve still been journaling, pondering, meditating. Yet somehow nothing has ended up here. It could be because my work firewall blocked my blog ? so I can’t multitask anymore. Which is probably a good thing, but… hey. Give a girl a break. Some people take real lunch breaks, some people eat a sad lunch at their desks while writing a bloggity blog.

Lately I’ve been asking myself the question, how can I simplify my schedule or the number of social and professional commitments I have each week to allow for more spontaneity, flexibility, and frankly, more FUN? Do you ever feel like all you do is werk werk werk werk werk?

So on top of learning to say “no” to things (and dealing with subsequent Fear Of Missing Out, forevermore FOMO), I am challenging myself to make time for the things that are important to me, this blog being one of them.

One of the most helpful books I’ve read to help inspire and support me through this simplifying process is Lysa TerKeurst’s “The Best Yes”. Saying no may be easy when presented with two options, one of them obviously good and the other obviously bad, but one question TerKeurst addresses is, which should you pick when you are presented with two equally “good” options? She guides you through picking YOUR best yes for where you are in the present moment, which I love. I tend to overcommit myself on especially extroverted energetic days and then when my energy wanes– as it is naturally wont to do–I don’t want to do all the things I signed myself up for. But then I want to be a woman of my word as well, so the mental mind games begin…

Learning to simplify my commitments has been one of the better things I’ve done so far this spring/summer. It allows me to be spontaneous, like taking an impromptu camping trip for the weekend, no stress

#PureMichigan ☕️ ⛺️

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What are some things you want to make time for? Maybe you want to make time for yourself, to do whatever you want, or… and this might sound crazy but: to do nothing. See Inspiration #2, Reclaiming Margin and why it’s important.

Where can you pare down your commitments/activities so that you have the time for those opportunities?


  1. Don’t Have Time for Goals? Simplify Your Commitments by Zen Habits
  2. Reclaiming Margin by No Sidebar
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