I have become a huge fan of Leo Babauta. He is the author of Zen Habits which is now on my daily reading list in this new year. He permits anyone to share what he is writing and his philosophy is one in which I find rest. Perhaps you will too. Listen:
A simple life has a different meaning and a different value for every person. For me, it means eliminating all but the essential, eschewing chaos for peace, and spending your time doing what’s important to you. It means getting rid of many of the things you do so you can spend time with people you love and do the things you love. It means getting rid of the clutter so you are left with only that which gives you value. However, getting to simplicity isn’t always a simple process. It’s a journey, not a destination, and it can often be a journey of two steps forward, and one backward. If you’re interested in simplifying your life, this is a great starter’s guide (if you’re not interested, move on).
Simplicity. Focus. Direction. My soul craves it.
The Short List
Identify what’s most important to you.
Eliminate everything else.