By now we’ve all figured out that life can be pretty complicated. Between work, family, friends and all the other things life throws at us, keeping it all together sure isn’t easy. If you wonder whether you’ll ever get a break from this precarious balancing act, you’re in luck!
Finding effective ways to simplify our life can completely change our outlook and demeanor for the better — in fact, it can give us a new lease on life.
Before we continue though, we should understand that simple does not always mean easy — what I mean of course is that coming up with ways to simplify life can be easy, but following through on it may not be. That’s why, rather than trying to bite off more than we can chew, its better to start with 5 – 7 quick and effective ways to simplify life. This way, we can start out with a few and as we succeed, we can add on some more.
Set daily goals / schedule your time
One big reason life can seem so harried is because we don’t manage our time. Too often, we wing it and when we do that, our day quickly fills up and gets away from us. Start planning out your day, then graduate to weekly and even monthly planning. Of course, we can’t be too rigid with scheduling, but try to scope out what it is you need to do, where you need to go/be, etc. Once you see your goals/plans on paper, you’ll feel more in control and this…simplifies life.
De-clutter your closet
Clutter is complicated! When we have too much “stuff” laying around, it can make us feel overwhelmed, whether we realize it or not. Clutter complicates life, so ditch it. Start off small, such as with a closet(s) and then move on to entire rooms if you need to.
Watch less TV
Too much TV is a waste of time. Much of what’s on is mind-numbing drivel (sorry, but it has to be said). Instead of watching TV, read a book, listen to music, knit, paint…anything relaxing that makes you feel more fulfilled than TV ever will.
Spend less time on social media
Studies show that people who spend too much time on social media are more susceptible to depression, jealousy, low self-esteem and even thoughts of suicide. Its not time well-spent…its just time spent. Social media in moderation can be a good thing, but in excess, it really just complicates life. Think about it this way — before the advent of the internet, people were a lot happier. To simplify life, get off the internet and back into real life.
Use the 50/30/20 rule
When it comes to budgeting money, consider the 50/30/20 rule. The general rule of thumb is that you allocate 50% of your monthly income to living expenses (your needs), 30% on lifestyle (your wants) and 20% to savings.
Don’t waste time on the negative
Politics, politics, politics! Americans are becoming obsessed with politics. If we want to simplify our lives, we need to reduce negative influences in our life. Find ways to minimize your exposure to negative people and situations. Related to spending less time watching TV or on social media, this one means ditching the sources of your negativity. This alone often brings with it a refreshing breeze of simplicity.
Seek out the positive
Once you’ve ditched the negative, find the positive. What are things that you like to do that make you happy? Who are the people that make you feel good? When we orient our lives toward the positive, almost naturally, we feel less encumbered and more free and alive.
Try one or all of these tips and see how it goes. The great thing about simplifying life is that once you start, the rest seems to fall into place. Good luck!