Thursday, October 7, 2010

You Simplified - Review

You Simplified - Review

Handbook for a Simpler Life
By Charley Forness –

There are 5 sections to this book

1 Life Design

Introspection and being honest with yourself if difficult for most people. For me, sometimes I would like to hide from myself more often.

2 Simplify Your Stuff

The essence to a minimal life differentiate between what you think you need and what you actually need to be happy. The most alarming part of this chapter was this one sentence: We replace people and relationships with stuff.  Wow, that makes the new pair of shoes you really, really want seem kind of empty and pointless now, doesn’t it.  The section on keeping certain items of clothing really hit home for me and inspired me to almost empty out my closet.  The section on books made sense to me but is an emotional sore subject for my husband, he loves his books and does not want to part with them for anything.

3 Simplify Your Commitments

Don’t spread yourself too thin.  I have done this so often in my life sometimes I don’t know what to do with myself when I have nothing to do I literally just sit and do nothing.  I have learned from my mistakes and have learned time management skills to help with that.  It amazes me when I mention that time management is a learned skill to friends who are stretched beyond their capacity and they always blow it off as not required in their life.  This books gives many very good very easy steps to follow for learning proper time management.

4. Simplify Your Health

That is the one thing that I an constantly worried about, how do you go about simplifying a healthy lifestyle that works
The exercise advice Charley gives is very simple, 5 minutes of strength, 5 minutes of stretching, 5 minutes of cardio for as he describes is functional strength.  The nutrition advice was a little sparse, but his basic idea of noting what you eat and what makes you feel best is sound.

5 Simplify Your Finances

I think this is the one we are sort of on track with.
Charley’s suggestions are give to charity, build an emergency fund, get rid of credit card debt and any other debt you are hanging on to.

In conclusion, You simplified is a simple easy to read and easy to adapt to guide for simpler living.  We can all use more simplicity in our lives.

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