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Letting go to create a slower lifestyle – Josephine Brooks
by josephine Brooks
‘I set about replacing being glued to my inbox with long rambling walks on blustery hilltops’
As I saw more and more evidence to support my theory, that this secret magic trick to boosting your productivity and having a more fulfilling lifestyle was in fact to do less, I got more confident with letting go. It felt like the hand break had been taken off in my business and I suddenly had time and space to actually live the lifestyle I had been dreaming of when I started my business.
By intentionally getting clear on what I wanted to achieve and then defining the steps it would take to get there, including the things I needed to let go of, I edged closer to the lifestyle and business I have now, step by step.
Don’t get me wrong, I still have occasional waves of anxiety or depression, and boring admin to deal with (as we all do) but mindfully and intentionally simplifying your lifestyle by letting go of all of the things that aren’t serving you, is a sure way to uncomplicate things, find more joy and create the slower lifestyle you long for.
A few pointers on building your confidence with letting go
My confidence with letting go and doing less came from decluttering my home. It helped me find physical space around me which led to more blank space in my mind. So here are a few ways that will get you flexing your letting-go muscle. The more you use it the easier it’ll get.
~ Declutter that messy kitchen drawer (we all have one of those)
~ Organise and delete the files on your computer desktop, or the folders on your laptop
~ Look at your diary, decide which commitments aren’t exciting you, or that you’re doing just because you feel obliged to and cancel some of them
~ Look at your to-do list and ask yourself what you can let go of, and just not do at all. Challenge yourself to let go of at least three tasks from your list.
The more you flex your letting-go muscle, the stronger it’ll get and the more comfortable you’ll get with letting go. Whether it’s letting go of commitments, work tasks, possessions or even digital files it all contributes to creating space for the things that bring you joy and more meaning to your life.
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About the author
Josephine Brooks is a creative business coach whose mission is to help creative business owners build a business that enables them to live the holistic lifestyle they ache for. But her philosophy isn’t about being busy and striving to get more done, it’s all about doing less and focussing on the most impactful projects and tasks. Aside from her work, Josephine is a self-confessed country bumpkin living a slow and seasonal life in the Hampshire countryside. She can often be found in her wellies walking her two dogs or drinking many cups of tea from the garden in summer, or by the fire in winter.