Are you tired of receiving junk, unwanted and/or irrelevant emails every day? For me, a normal day will start with well over 100 emails, of which 75% are probably things that I am not interested in - nor will I ever be. Unfortunately, we get put on too many email solicitation lists via online shopping. Our email gets captured as a part of a simple purchase, and all of a sudden, we are inundated with offers on a daily basis.

Additionally, have you had any success "unsubscribing" from these emails? It is not as easy as it should be. Often, you select the unsubscribe button and yet nothing changes. The emails just keep on coming. I, like many, have set up a spam filter on my computer that will catch 50 to 60 of these each morning, and that helps. However, it does not clean up the mess totally.

Many of us share the desire to simplify our lives, and email would be a great place to start. It goes much farther than that. Look around your house -- do you have things you really do not need and hardly ever use? Then, look in your closet -- what do you see? In my house, we have a general purging of stuff twice a year, and yet we still seem to accumulate more and more stuff.

Recently, I read a very interesting book titled Essentialism by Greg McKeown. In the book, he makes a strong case for eliminating everything in your life that is not essential. He claims that while you will do less, what you do will be done better. However, he admits this is not easy to do in our fast-paced, multi-functioning world. He says you have to firmly establish those things that you will do, and you say no to anything that does not fall perfectly within that scope. You must set boundaries.

How about your life? Could you benefit by reducing the number of things you have or things you do? What are those things that are most important to you? What do you feel is your purpose in life? How do you affect this kind of change? It starts with a decision, and is followed by daily discipline to stick to it. Also, you can not do it alone. Be sure to let those around you - family, co-workers, etc. - know what you are doing. It is only fair because it will affect them too.

What is essential to you? Can you unsubscribe from the stuff that gets in your way? At CPF Texas we are to help you Live by Design, not by default. We are ready and willing to help you identify what is important to you in your life and to assist you by making it easier for you to reach your goals.