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11 Rules for Sane Living (Part III of the Doing Less Series)

(This post is part of a multipart series on doing less. Get on the list to get the next installment in your inbox.)

Several months ago, in a fit of overbooked frazzle, I wrote down the following rules on the magnet pad I usually reserve for things I need to pick up at the grocery store.

When I make my breakfast in the morning, they wink at me and remind me that I am, in fact, the one who’s in charge of my own freedom.

These rules are part of my foundation for freedom. They allow me to do less and be more. I created them for efficiency, ease, and space.

When I abide by them I’m happier. When I don’t, I get cranky. Simple as that.

They serve me well. Perhaps they’ll inspire you to create a set for yourself.

My Rules for Sane Living

1. Don’t schedule anything the day before or after a trip, especially at night.

2. Batch calls and interviews so that I’m not switching gears all day long.

3. Schedule only one social engagement per day (or less).

4. Don’t schedule calls on weekends.

5. Book at least fifteen minutes between phone/Skype appointments to allow for tea and pee breaks.

6. Group together all the people who need the same information on calls.

7. Start the day with 10 minutes of sitting in silence.

8. Whenever possible, don’t eat standing up or driving.

9. Take 3 deep breaths before eating.

10. Tell Mike 3 things I’m grateful for before falling asleep (and ask him what his are).

11. Wake up when I’m done sleeping, without an alarm, as often as possible

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The next post in the “Doing Less” series will tell you how exactly I’m doing less and what doing less actually looks like. If you’re anything like you, doing less feels elusive. We’re gonna get practical and mystical all at the same time.

Over to you:

What are your rules for sane living? Leave a comment below—I’d love to hear your ideas and how you stay sane!

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