Simplify Your Life in 10 Practical Steps
It seems that life has become more complex and complicated leaving us
with less free time to savor and appreciate each moment.
Luckily we have it within our power to stop this trend by creating a
less chaotic, more balanced and enjoyable life - starting now!
10 Practical Steps to Simplify Your Life:
- Get rid of unnecessary "stuff" by prioritizing. Decide
to you and then begin to get rid of some of the clutter you've probably
forgotten about over the years. We often tend to hang on to things for
emotional, nostalgic or other attachment reasons. If an object no
longer has a practical function or is worn, it's time to consider
throwing it away, or if it still has value, donating it to charity. It
is safe to say that if you haven’t used an item for over two years,
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 spaces. I
have found things I don’t remember purchasing hidden in the back of my
closets. The worst part for me is that I have bought particular items
for a second time forgetting I already had one. Not good from either an
economic, or decluttering perspective!
- Get organized. Streamline and simplify your life by
up routines for the necessary tasks in your day such as cleaning,
doing groceries, etc. Stay organized by making a short to-do list
daily, putting things away immediately, allotting time for each task
and staying on top of things. When everything is in its place, not only
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 engage
in those that matter to you; do not waste time on those that do not.
Design your day to correspond to your priority activities.
- Learn to say no. Quite often we get ourselves entangled
situations where we take
on far too much leaving us little time for ourselves. Certainly, it is
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 game playing,
Certainly, television watching, the Internet, video games etc. have
become very pervasive in our lives. While they each have their proper
place and relevance, it is importance to not let media dominate our
lives and usurp our time. Simplify your life by not letting it take 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 suffers
because the brain
can really only focus properly on one thing at a time. Doing one thing
at a time, and doing it well, will not only simplify your life, it will
enhance your enjoyment of it.
- Declutter relationships. Endeavor to
spend time with those you really care about and whose company you
enjoy. Quite often we are thrown into social situations with people
with whom we have nothing in common. We sometimes we believe if we
decline that party invitation, or if we aren’t seen at the latest
fashionable gathering place we will miss out somehow. Not so. Instead,
simplifying your life and engaging in what makes sense yields greater
peace and well being.
- Re-evaluate your buying habits. Much of our
clutter comes from buying the wrong things and buying more than we
need. Unwittingly, most of us have become brainwashed into thinking we
need bigger and more of everything - more food, more clothing, bigger
cars, and bigger houses. The media has done a good job of making us
believe we must spend more money for more "things" only to have us end
up less happy and with less time to enjoy ourselves. It's time to
re-think what we really need vs. what we ill advisedly continue to
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 ourselves
By taking control, we can set our own pace and in
the process live
healthier, happier lives.
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