Motorcycles force you to travel light. There’s only so much you can carry without being stressed to the breaking point. You alone decide what you’re going to carry. The simpler and lighter the load, the easier it is to manage and the more you enjoy your ride.
Maintaining motorcycles, even if it’s just the basics, teaches you it’s easy to make things more challenging and complex than they need to be. They’re really not that mysterious. Other than a tire pressure gauge, the tools that come with it are all you need to get started.
There’s a tendency for life to get complicated. On a bike, you can see what you’re carrying, weigh it to see if it’s over your limit and check to see if it’s balanced.
It’s not so easy to see in your life and takes a more conscious effort to achieve. With practice and persistence, you’ll get good at it.
9 Steps to Simplify Your Life
- Decide what’s important. It all starts here. Once you assess your priorities, then take a look at where you’re spending your time and see if they match up. This can be a real wake-up call. Do it before that reality check comes from a catastrophic event.
- Schedule time for what’s important. Stick to it. Sometimes it’s the only way to get the important things done. Don’t leave things to the last minute. There is no room for contingencies and adds unnecessary stress.
- Simplify tasks. Determine what needs to be done right away, what can wait, and what really doesn’t need to be done at all. Automate what you can. It can be worth spending a few dollars to save a lot of time. Especially if it also enhances your safety.
- De-clutter and organize. You don’t even know what you’re dealing with until you do this. Cleaning and inspecting your motorcycle regularly helps detect oil leaks and worn parts before they become a problem. Check out your living space. It’s amazing what you might unearth that’s taking up your energy space. It also reduces stress and aids peace of mind.
- Purge possessions. The more options and accessories you have on your bike, the more time you need to work to purchase them, then maintain and care for them. It’s time you could be riding instead. Look around at everything you have, determine when the last time was you used things and realistically assess how much value they add to your life.
- Let go of relationships. Nurturing, supportive, loving relationships are essential. These are the friends who celebrate success with you, lend a hand when you’re down and share events in your life. Let go of the ones where the energy flow is one-way. You’ll have more time to spend on those where the giving and receiving run both ways.
- Learn to say no. Stop committing to so much – and then feeling obliged to honor your commitments. It drains your energy, builds resentment and takes time from what you. You’re here for a finite term. You decide how to use it.
- Live within your means. Going faster than conditions warrant or skills allow will quickly get you in trouble. Living beyond your means creates hardship it’s difficult to dig out from. Ride your own ride, only picking up the pace when you’re ready.
- Get outside once a day. It keeps you connected to nature, to yourself and what’s really important in life. The most important things in life are invisible and don’t cost a penny.
Simplify your life. It may sound hard but like riding, with practice comes proficiency. Pick a spot and get started. That Road leads to a space of peace, joy and fulfillment. It’s worth it to you and those around you.