Simplify Your Life Using the Four 'Ds'
So, you've decided it's time to simplify your life. Good for you! If you're like me, though, you may find yourself overwhelmed, asking, "where do I even begin?" I've found the "4Ds" (Delete, Delegate, Delay, Do) provide a helpful framework for the process.
Being a "recovering workaholic," I have to guard against having too much on my plate. I let go of the good in order to pursue the great. Every single thing can't be a priority. Revisit your goals and your values. Which things on your list don't align with your goals or values? Are they really necessary? What can you eliminate?
Many professional women find it difficult to delegate. No matter the task, they believe no one can do it like they can. The truth is that life is less stressful and more fulfilling when we concentrate on what we do best. Focus on what you're good at and delegate the rest (at home and at work).
Our culture is more fast-paced than ever. Technology has heightened our sense of urgency to the point where, when we receive a text, instant message or email, we feel compelled to immediately respond. Checking each message immediately after receiving it is inefficient--and only adds to our stress.
We can often delay things to give ourselves some breathing room. I promise that the world is not going to come to an end if a deadline is extended! When my clients begin negotiating time lines, they are often surprised how flexible the deadlines really are.
Once you've gone through the three options above, you're left with the things that you need to do in the short-term. If you follow these guidelines, your list is likely significantly shorter.
All the best to you as you simplify your life!