The choice is yours

Ask yourself if you still want to read this article. If not, stop and go do something else. Otherwise carry on.

Guess what? You just made a choice!

I’m being irreverent but how often do we consciously stop what we are doing and ask ourselves – do I want to continue with what I’m doing or not?

I write this post as a reminder that we always have a choice. We don’t have to be a slave to our habits or routines.

You don’t have to go to work today, but you may get fired. You don’t have to eat healthy or workout, but you may put on weight. You don’t have to apologise after an argument, but you might lose a friend.

Sure it’s easy for me to say you don’t have to go to work, especially if you have debt or dependants to support but we can so often use such consequences as evidence to support making the same choice over and over, making us feel trapped.

We might not like the consequences of alternative choices but the choice itself exists, and realising this we can help change our habits. In particular our so-called bad ones.

Over at A Year of Productivity, Chris Bailey talks about choice in his latest post after he experimented with binge watching Netflix every other day for a month.

“You can obviously spend your time however the heck you want, and I’d be the last person on the planet to tell you how you should live your life. One of the very best things you can do for your motivation, happiness, and productivity is to decide more often—a lot more often—how to spend your time. In every single moment of your life is an expansive, endless matrix of things you can do, create, and consume. And crucially, many of these options are a lot more valuable and meaningful than how you’re spending your time already.”

And that’s the gold right there! It’s worth repeating, “…many of these options are a lot more valuable and meaningful than how you’re spending your time already.”

Making choices is the best part of a simple, minimal lifestyle. By making conscious, deliberate choices about how to spend your time in-line with your values – you empower yourself.

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