Simplify Your Life in 10 Practical Steps
It seems that life has become more complex and complicated leaving
with less free time to savor and appreciate each moment.
Luckily we have it within our power to stop this trend by
less chaotic, more balanced and enjoyable life -
10 Practical Steps to
Simplify Your Life:
- Get rid of unnecessary "stuff" by prioritizing.
to you and then begin to get rid of some of the clutter you've
forgotten about over the years. We often tend to hang on to
emotional, nostalgic or other attachment reasons. If an object
longer has a practical function or is worn, it's time to
throwing it away, or if it still has value, donating it to
is safe to say that if you haven’t used an item for over two
you're probably unlikely to.
- Clean up. You'd be surprised what you
can find when you
thoroughly clean your closets, hidden nooks and rarely used
have found things I don’t remember purchasing hidden in the back
closets. The worst part for me is that I have bought particular
for a second time forgetting I already had one. Not good from
economic, or decluttering perspective!
- Get organized. Streamline and simplify your life by
up routines for the necessary tasks in your day such as
doing groceries, etc. Stay organized by making a short to-do
daily, putting things away immediately, allotting time for each
and staying on top of things. When everything is in its place,
is your living space open and uncluttered, so is your mind.
- Assess how you spend your time. Decide
which actions and
activities are important
to your lifestyle and prioritize them as well. Resolve to only
in those that matter to you; do not waste time on those that do
Design your day to correspond to your priority activities.
- Learn to say no. Quite often we get
situations where we take
on far too much leaving us little time for ourselves. Certainly,
wonderful to help others, however, we have to know where to draw the
line. If we do not, our own lives can get cluttered and
- Limit social media, television watching, video
Certainly, television watching, the Internet, video games etc.
become very pervasive in our lives. While they each have their
place and relevance, it is importance to not let media dominate
lives and usurp our time. Simplify your life by not letting it
- Give up multi-tasking. Recent research
conducted at Stanford
University has shown that multi-tasking actually lowers
productivity and increases stress levels. Your performance
because the brain
can really only focus properly on one thing at a time. Doing one
at a time, and doing it well, will not only simplify your life,
enhance your enjoyment of it.
- Declutter relationships. Endeavor to
spend time with those you really care about and whose company
enjoy. Quite often we are thrown into social situations with
with whom we have nothing in common. We sometimes we believe if
decline that party invitation, or if we aren’t seen at the
fashionable gathering place we will miss out somehow. Not so.
simplifying your life and engaging in what makes sense yields
peace and well being.
- Re-evaluate your buying habits. Much of
clutter comes from buying the wrong things and buying more than
need. Unwittingly, most of us have become brainwashed into
need bigger and more of everything - more food, more clothing,
cars, and bigger houses. The media has done a good job of making
believe we must spend more money for more "things" only to have
up less happy and with less time to enjoy ourselves. It's time
re-think what we really need vs. what we ill advisedly
our hard earned money on.
- Learn to relax. No matter how much you
simplify your life
there will be
times of stress. For such times, engage in
the tried and
of relaxing including exercise (walking, swimming, a sport you
enjoy), practicing mindfulness, reading, listening
to calm music or anything
else that takes you to a restful, quiet place.
Simplifying your life will help to lessen the more unfavorable
effects of living in the fast
paced, minute to minute ever changing world where we find
By taking control, we can set our
own pace and in
the process live
healthier, happier lives.
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