Ways to Simplify Your Life
“It’s not the daily increase but daily decrease. Hack away at the unessential.” — Bruce Lee
Our lives can get hectic. Lots of commitments, lots of things we want to do and lots to keep up with. It’s no wonder many of us become overwhelmed.
Simplifying our lives can help us manage these feelings. However, living a simpler life takes some practice. Here are some ideas to help you on your own journey to simpler.
- Slow Down You can’t, despite your best efforts, be in constant motion and be at your best. You need to know when to take your foot off the gas and just rest a little.
- De-clutter Too much physical and mental clutter is not good for us. Streamline and de-clutter regularly. If you don’t need it or it doesn’t serve a positive purpose, eject it.
- Limit Choices We have so many choices available to us that many of us struggle to make any choice at all. Counter this by purposefully limiting your options at times. There is a power in limiting choices.
- The Power of No Make sure you’re saying yes to the right invites. The invites that mean you get to spend time with those you care about, or on things you care about and goals that are important to you. Learn to say a polite “No, thank you” to invitations that don’t fit this bill. The ones that don’t add to your life in some way.
- Spend Time Disconnected We are spending more and more of our time plugged in. This can lead to obsessively checking messages, blogs, emails, tweets, etc. We’re in danger of letting life pass us by while we click away.
As fantastic and powerful as technology is, we need to make regular time to disconnect as well.
- Limit Negativity Reduce external negative voices by surrounding yourself with the right people as much as possible. Also, ensure your own self-talk is positive and you don’t get in your own way.
- Give Back The things that give us the rosiest feelings or that we’re most proud of often involve giving or providing a service to someone else. Make giving back a constant goal. This could be something big or small, but just make giving a part of your life.