Over the years, I’ve found that change is best made gradually and in small chunks. You don’t have to necessarily take change one step at a time, but you do need to focus on only a few things at once, preferably things which have some relationship to one another.
That’s the game plan behind the 30 Simple Steps in 30 Days idea: take a topic, like simplifying your life, and think of 30 relatively simple changes or adjustments you can make that, at the end of that month (or any other block of time), will have radically changed your situation in the chosen area.
The areas I’ve made the most radical changes in are the areas which I’ve taken aside and focused my energy on for a time, building small change on top of small change. Like nurturing a small child, you point your complete focus on to one thing, putting all of your energy, creativity, and resources into it to help it grow and develop.
This is why, I believe, you can make the most profound life changes by simplifying your efforts down to a few important things in life. Later, once those things have developed, you can shift your focus. But only focus on a few things at once.
And that brings us to our list. Ultimately, what I mentioned in the last paragraph is the point of this entire article. Simple living isn’t just about making things easier or less of a mental burden, more importantly, it’s about knowing what’s most important to you and structuring your life in a way that gives you the most time possible to be with, to nurture, and to nourish those things.