Five Minute Friday: Simplify

Well, Christmas officially ended (even though our tree is still up) when we took our college kid to the airport.

Our weather has been crazy– snow, warm days and freezing rain.

Linking up with Kate Motaung and the Five Minute Friday crew.

Writing five minutes on a word prompt. Today’s word is simplify.


I mentally cringe when I think of the word “simplify”.

It reminds me of purge and declutter, two things I’m terrible at.

I love the idea of simple living.

But getting there seems impossible.

I think some of it comes down to decision fatigue. Purging and decluttering involves making lots of decisions. I get stuck. I get overwhelmed. I quit.

Attacking paper clutter while a timer is going has helped.

When the timer goes off, I stop. It doesn’t matter if there were decisions I couldn’t make. It doesn’t matter if the job is done. I put in my time and made progress.

Maybe that approach will work in other areas, too.


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8 thoughts on “Five Minute Friday: Simplify

  1. Barbie

    I tend to start well, but also get overwhelmed and don’t finish. Even though simplify is my word for the year, I’m going to make this a life style. I figure I might get something done by that time. In the #91 spot this week.

  2. Ramona Shawver

    I so relate to this. Last year, Elena and AnnaJoy came on my birhday as a surprise to help me make an effort at organizing. That made it fun. But, since then. the piles have been growing…. I think I will try setting the timer and going to work.

    1. Beth Post author

      What a great birthday surprise, Ramona. Sometimes I think the paper tiger can be tamed by alternating “little by little” and “all at once”. Thanks for stopping by.

  3. Vicki

    I am totally with you! “Decision fatigue” is SO TRUE! I dread it, which makes me postpone my decluttering, which adds to the piles of clutter, and on it goes. I love the idea of using a timer! I will keep that in mind.
    Visiting from #43 in FMF. God bless!


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