During my Google research of slow living info this morning I found the website simplify.de (unfortunately only German) by Werner Kuestenmacher, a protestant theologian in Bavaria, who started in 1990 as a freelance writer, cartoonist and speaker.
The cartoon with the seven-stage simplify pyramid reminded me a little bit of my own mess, so I immediately subscribed to the newsletter … and also ordered the book Simplify Your Life by Werner Kuestenmacher and Lothar J. Seiwert.
In the next few weeks I’ll tell you about my self-experiment with the implementation of the tips. I will keep myself largely to the seven-stage simplify pyramid, but also include other sources, for example, The 7 Secrets of the turtle by Aljosha Long and Ronald Schweppe (unfortunately this book is only available in German), Cut the Clutter by Cynthia Ewer and others.
And now a brief description of the Simplify pyramid:
- Level 1: Things
Simplify things on your desk, in your wardrobe, in your apartment, in the garage, in your car – in that order and without separation between private and business utensils.
- Level 2: Finances
A difficult issue that is more difficult to manage than the chaos at home and in the office. We are talking about cash, account balances, debt, loans, savings, expenses and about mental blocks in dealing with money.
- Level 3: Time
Organizing the daily 24 hours, in order to get more meaningful free time. Time for your partner, children, friends, bosses, relatives, but also for the daily routines, hobbies, and especially for yourself, time to reflect, recharge your batteries, do nothing.
- Level 4: Health
Avoid diseases in the long run, achieve a healthy interaction between body and mind, and thus a healthy relationship with your own sexuality, eg. by losing weight, healthy diet, relaxation exercises.
- Level 5: Relationships
Social relationships can be complicated and often lead to intrigues, disputes, jealousy, bullying. Therefore, it is important to become free for contacts that really enrich.
- Level 6: Partnership
A partnership does not necessarily exist between spouses or partners; this can also be special friends, relatives, or other important relationships or God for religiously oriented people.
- Level 7: You yourself
The top of the pyramid. The goal is the realization of your own idea of happiness and fulfillment, the meaning of life.
I am looking forward to the result and to your comments.
- simplify.de (only German)
- How to Simplify Your Life: Seven Practical Steps to Letting Go of Your Burdens and Living a Happier Lifeby Werner Tiki Küstenmacher and Lothar J. Seiwert
(Paperback: 300 pages, Mcgraw-Hill Publ.Comp., 2004, ISBN: 0071433864)
- Die 7 Geheimnisse der Schildkröte: Den Alltag entschleunigen, das Leben entdeckenby Aljoscha Long and Ronald Schweppe
(Paperback: 288 pages, Heyne Verlag, 2010, ISBN: 3453701488)
- Cut The Clutterby Cynthia Ewer
(Paperback: 256 pages, Dorling Kindersley Publishers Ltd, 2010, ISBN: 140535190X)