How to Simplify Your Life: Seven Practical Steps to Letting Go of Your Burdens and Living a Happier Life

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Seven proven steps for clearing out the clutter and getting back to the basics of a simple, happy life

You don't have to put up with the complications and hassles of an overwhelming daily grind! The international bestseller How to Simplify Your Life will show you how to clear off your desk, clean up your life, and make room for the things that really matter. Packed with practical techniques for simplifying ...

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Overview

Seven proven steps for clearing out the clutter and getting back to the basics of a simple, happy life

You don't have to put up with the complications and hassles of an overwhelming daily grind! The international bestseller How to Simplify Your Life will show you how to clear off your desk, clean up your life, and make room for the things that really matter. Packed with practical techniques for simplifying work, money, health, and relationships, this seven-step program gives you the tools you need to lead a fulfilling life.

You'll learn

  • How to conquer the paper piles on your desk once and for all
  • How your soul will profit from a tidy house
  • How to get richer by letting go of your worries about money
  • How to enjoy time to yourself without feeling anxious or bored
  • How to stay fit and healthy, without overdoing it
  • How to make friends and enjoy your family
  • How to find the right balance between your career and your spouse or romantic partner
  • How to find your deepest goal in life

When you learn to throw off the burdens and drudgery that hold you down, you may find yourself growing wings! The practical techniques in this book will help you eliminate all the chaos, jettison your self-defeating habits, and take control of every aspect of your life. You will discover and achieve the things that are most important to you.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780071433860
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional Publishing
  • Publication date: 3/2/2004
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 300
  • Sales rank: 835,230
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.64 (d)

Meet the Author

Tiki Kustenmacher is a Lutheran pastor, author, and seminar leader.

Lothar J. Seiwert is Europe's leading expert in time and life management. His books have been translated into 20 languages.

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Table of Contents

Preface ix
The Way of Simplification xi
Step 1 of Your Life Pyramid Simplify Your Things 1
Simplifying Idea 1 Sort Out Your Workplace 4
Simplifying Idea 2 Unpile Your Office 6
Simplifying Idea 3 Clear Your Environment 17
Simplifying Idea 4 Overcome Your Forgetfulness 38
Step 2 of Your Life Pyramid Simplify Your Finances 43
Simplifying Idea 5 Get Rid of Money Blockages 45
Simplifying Idea 6 Break the Money Spell 49
Simplifying Idea 7 Get Rid of Your Debts 51
Simplifying Idea 8 Stop Worrying About Security 58
Simplifying Idea 9 Work Out Your Own Concept of Wealth 69
Step 3 of Your Life Pyramid Simplify Your Time 77
Simplifying Idea 10 Separate Your Actions 80
Simplifying Idea 11 Rid Your Life of Perfectionism 82
Simplifying Idea 12 Relieve Strain by Firmly Saying "No" 93
Simplifying Idea 13 Slow Down Your Life 98
Simplifying Idea 14 Escape Now and Then 125
Step 4 of Your Life Pyramid Simplify Your Health 129
Simplifying Idea 15 Get Your Body to Produce the Chemicals That Cause Happiness 132
Simplifying Idea 16 Unleash Your Enthusiasm 135
Simplifying Idea 17 Take the Strain out of Physical Fitness 138
Simplifying Idea 18 Purify Your Body 143
Simplifying Idea 19 The Best Way to Relax 150
Step 5 of Your Life Pyramid Simplify Your Relationships 159
Simplifying Idea 20 Use Networking to End Isolation 161
Simplifying Idea 21 Untangle Your Family Ties 168
Simplifying Idea 22 Prepare for Your Funeral 171
Simplifying Idea 23 Weaken Feelings of Envy 173
Simplifying Idea 24 Let Go of Anger 177
Step 6 of Your Life Pyramid Simplify Your Life Partnership 183
Simplifying Idea 25 Develop Your Relationship 185
Simplifying Idea 26 Take the Drama out of Your Discussions 190
Simplifying Idea 27 Balance the Relationship Between Work and Private Life 195
Simplifying Idea 28 Unlock Your Sexual Energy 198
Simplifying Idea 29 Make Joint Decisions for Your Old Age Now 201
Step 7 of Your Life Pyramid Simplify Yourself 205
Simplifying Idea 30 Discover Your Goal in Life 208
Simplifying Idea 31 Develop Your Strengths 210
Simplifying Idea 32 Relieve Your Conscience 212
Simplifying Idea 33 Understand Yourself 215
Our Simplifying To-Do List: Get Out and Go! 239
Reaching Your Goal 241
Get Out of Your Cocoon 243
The Butterfly Phases of Your Life 243
Use the Butterfly Principles 245
The Five Ways to Develop 246
Recommended Reading 249
Index 253
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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 16, 2004

    Highly Recommended!

    Do you ever wish that you were born with an owner's manual? Well, Tiki Kustenmacher, simplicity expert, and Dr. Lothar J. Seiwert, professional coach, offer a digestible life guide that reads like an operating primer for the human spirit. Livened up with Kustenmacher's cute illustrations, each chapter tackles a different facet of life, such as managing clutter, taming finances and establishing goals. The practical tips from these bite-size chapters are easy to digest and implement. Their recipe for a simplified life includes valuable suggestions for handling difficult emotions (jealousy) and life events (marriage, death). Although the text is fun to read, the authors skip around and circle back to different subjects in each chapter. Tighter organization would have made the book's counsel easier to track. And, each chapter begins with an unnecessary, somewhat annoying 'dream of simplicity' visualization. Just skip those little appetizers and dive right into the main course. Also check out the excellent reading list at the back of the book. We recommend this manual to pack rats, workaholics and all those who would welcome simplicity as a relief from life's chaos.

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