May 01, 2012 / by Alisa Hafen / No Comments

How difficult would it be to live a life of contentment? Can finding a peaceful existence really be all that simple?

We always seem to be in a hurry as we rush to fulfill our daily tasks, trying to get them done as quickly as possible. At the end of the day, we are often exhausted and stressed out from the grind and the chaos of the day.

We don’t seem to have time for what’s really important to us, for what we really want to be doing, for spending time with loved ones – for doing things we are really passionate about. And yet, it doesn’t have to be that way.

It’s possible to live a simpler life, one where you are present in most everything you do, where you are content, rather than rushing to finish things. I believe the first thing we need to do is to take a step back and think about what’s important, what you really want to accomplish.

Then examine your current commitments. Most of us would agree that our lives are too full, that we can’t possibly do everything we have committed to doing. We certainly can’t enjoy life if we are trying to do everything.

Accept that you can’t do everything and try to eliminate the commitments that aren’t that important to you. Don’t fill up your days with things to do; if you do, you will end up rushing to do them all.

Give yourself time to do what you need to do, and not rush.

The most important part is to slow down and enjoy every task. Whatever you are doing, whether it’s your work task or driving to work, slow down. Enjoy what you are doing.

I believe performing one single task at a time is vital. Do one thing at a time and do it well. Another most important point is to eliminate stress. Find the stressors in your life and find ways to eliminate them.

In addition to slowing down and enjoying the tasks we do, we need to do less of them so that you can have time for yourself. There are times when it is good to do nothing at all.

Knowing what your simple pleasures are, and making sure you include a few of them in your everyday ritual, can go a long way in making your life more enjoyable.

Instead of delaying gratification, enjoy life now while saving up for later.

“Slow down and enjoy your life. It’s not only the scenery you miss by going too fast- you also miss the sense of where you are going and why.”
Eddie Cantor