Daily Stoic: Keep it Simple

“At every moment keep a sturdy mind on the task at hand, as a Roman and human being, doing it with strict and simple dignity, affection, freedom, and justice–giving yourself a break from all other considerations. You can do this if you approach each task as if it is your last, giving up every distraction, emotional subversion of reason, and all drama, vanity, and complaint over your fair share. You can see how mastery over a few things makes it possible to live an abundant and devout life–for, if you keep watch over these things, the gods won’t ask for more.” ~ Marcus Aurelius, Meditations, 2.5

Inspired by The Daily Stoic: 366 Meditations on Wisdom, Perseverance, and the Art of Living

Don’t overthink things. We need to try to focus on the things in front of us. This can be very challenging in this age of multi-tasking. If we are all over the place, then very little gets done, which then stresses us out. Maybe at the start of each day, it will be helpful to list 3 things that absolutely need to be done that day. Then focus on those things, with little distraction, until they are accomplished. Then the rest is extra.

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