What Is A Simple Life?
Is your daily life complicated and hectic?
It seems everywhere we look there is a new bright shiny object. Proclaiming to provide a quick fix to simplify our life.
Most of the time it never works.
After all, it’s true, simplifying your life is never easy.
It’s a process, and takes time and thought to fix.
By following the proper steps you can start simplifying your life. Through this article, I’ll guide you through ten ways to start simplifying your life today.
1) Use less technology
Staying connected with distant friends and relatives can be a good thing. But, being connected all the time can be detrimental to our mental health. 43 % of Americans are “constant checkers”. Social media tends to be a breeding ground for drama and complications. The same can be true when you’re invested in a show, movie, or something on the computer. You tend to miss out on a lot of important things in life.
Take a social reprieve by:
- Turning off notifications so you are not interrupted.
- Have unplugged times during the day.
- Don’t allow cell phones at the dinner table.
- Make a personal commitment to driving cell phone-free.
- Do not bring your device into your bedroom, charge it in another room.
2) Get organized
Proper organization is one of the best ways to simplify your life. Never underappreciate the value of knowing where everything is. Play clutter cop. The better you are at keeping things out of your home, the less likely things will pile up. Always look for ways to block unneeded items before they come past your doorway. This will not only help to simplify the completion of tasks, but it can also help you simplify and save time in your daily routine.
3) Trim your possessions
Our modern culture has bought into the lie that the good life is found in accumulating things. They believe the more the better and have subscribed to the idea that happiness can be purchased at the department store. Excess possessions can definitely complicate your life. We are materialistic when we always think we need the newest, greatest new offering. Be it technology, or trendiest style of clothing. Go through your belongings and weed out the unnecessary excess items either by donating them or throwing them out, depending on their condition.
4) Evaluate your friends
It may sound cruel to cut friends loose, but sometimes it’s necessary. People grow apart, and some people don’t grow at all, causing them to be a bad influence or just be a source of negativity in your life that you simply don’t need. Simplify your life by simplifying your friend group to a core, reliable group. This will save you time and frustration. It is a genuine freeing experience to trim out tox relationships.
5) Are you a workaholic
Working all the time is not good for your physical or mental health. It can cause you to overstimulate your brain and make you feel exhausted, overworked, and drained. It’s far better for you to set up regular working hours and stick to them, allowing yourself time away to relax, rejuvenate and refresh.
6) Make an effort to save more money
Financial issues are the number one source of stress. It makes life complicated. You never know when a financial disaster is going to hit. So it’s crucial to protect yourself by preparing in advance. Start saving money with every paycheck. This will be a cushion if something unexpected happens. This is one intentional habit is a great stress buster and will serve you well.
7) Stop wasting time
Do you ever ask yourself, why do I waste so much time?
Do you sit in front of the television or the computer screen, reading senseless things?
Stop wasting your time on invaluable things and start spending it where it counts.
Spend more time with your family; read classic novels; travel more and see things you’ve never seen. Be wiser when it comes to your time.
8) It’s okay to say no
One of the biggest ways to simplify your life is by saying no to things that you either don’t want to do or aren’t good for you to do. It’s okay to say no every now and again. You can’t do everything, and no one can expect you to.
- Say no when you don’t feel like doing something, as long as it will not reflect on your job or school performance. There is nothing wrong with wanting time for yourself.
- Saying no because you don’t have the time for the commitment.
- When you are being sold something that you don’t want or need.
- Understand that “no” isn’t cruel. By itself, saying no isn’t rude, mean, or uncaring.
- You have a right to set boundaries for yourself, saying no is not always about superiority, it’s an expression of mutual respect.
9) Consider what you want
Many times, the decisions we make an impact on our lives.
Ask yourself if this will complicate your life?
Does it meet my needs, and do I want it?
Does it line up with my life goals and purpose? Then make a decision.
10) Declutter your mind
A cluttered mind is restless and unfocused. It tries to move in many different directions and the results are that it gets very little done.
- Mental clutter can include worrying about the future
- Mind clutter is often related to the past. A lot of people keep a large cabinet of mental drawers stored in the back of their minds. These drawers are filled with mistakes, opportunities they’ve missed, people they have hurt and past grievances.
- Stop multitasking.
- Limit the amount of information coming in. too much information can clog up the brain. This includes information that you take in from reading the newspaper, blogs, and magazines. Watching TV, social media, surfing the web and so on.
- Be decisive. If you fail to make decisions, soon your inbox will be overflowing with letters and bills, requests from prospective clients, and more. The way to clear your inbox by making a decision about what to do with each piece of paper that’s in there.
What small step can you make today?
I hope you gained some insight into applying these simple concepts to your home, work, life, and your attitude. It’s comforting to know that you can use these principles across various aspects of your life in order to create and live the vision you have for yourself. Your time and possessions are your own. Adopting new habits can be tricky. Just keep going, and you’ll find yourself feeling more in control of the choices you make.
I am Shirley Noah-I write about living well, good habits for happiness, health, productivity, and success. Check out my website at ingoodhealthcoach.com