10 Ways to Simplify Your Lifestyle
We are constantly trying to make our lives easier. From getting a new item, an app, or a new supplement, there is always something to add that could potentially make more time, money, or energy for us.
Should we strive for an easy life? I’d say that rather than focusing on easy we should focus on creating a simple life. I know, it sounds kind of boring, but hear me out.
Easy means that you don’t want to be challenged ever, you even get a mini-robot to vacuum for you, even if it doesn’t do a great job. All these technologies that allow us to spend more time doing something else are great and changed the lives of a lot of people that couldn’t care for themselves for different reasons. With that in mind, there is a difference when something makes it easier for you, and that in itself is an improvement to the quality of your life, but not everything that gets easier is an improvement.
Simple means that you focus on what matters to you and you get rid of distractions and negative influences. It’s not easy at all, but it is more rewarding, satisfying, and healthy than easy.
- Get clear & specific — know your small and big goals, they might change in time, but if you don’t know them how could you change them? Have a vision for your life, and write what a perfect day will look like without considering any limits that can help you set the first steps towards that even if that won’t be the end result.
- Learn your preferences — when somebody asks what you prefer, are you always saying any of them / whatever you like? Stop that, of course in some situations is ok, but learn what you like from hobbies, food, and clothes to what you appreciate in others and where you draw the line.
- What gives you energy? — when was the last time you did something that energized you? Find out what that activity is and aim to do it at least once a week.
- Say no — It is allowed to say no to family, friends, new acquaintances, or strangers. Once you know your preferences, boundaries, and goals you will need to say no to honor them. Get comfortable with that, it’s self-respect not disrespect no matter what others make you think.
- The never-ending declutter solution — I know we’ve had enough of Marie Kondo and The Minimalists tips, but even if you are a fan of minimalism or not, having a clean and organized house helps more than you think. No need to make it austere, but getting used to giving away any items that are not used will give you more space to enjoy your life. A clean home can be a step towards a clean (aka focused) mind.
- Get rid of FOMO — Are you afraid of missing out? Once you learn to prioritize that will decrease, but it will take a bit of time, so try to lean into that fear and miss out because you want to work/do something else. Here are more tips on how to deal with FOMO.
- Learn to meditate/be present — I bet you already knew that this will be here. Like it or not this can help you put your life into perspective. Once you get used to being still and truly present you will savor more the important moments, and you will process the negative ones better. If you are not a fan of the classic meditation, you might want to try forest bathing, read more here.
- Focus better — I know for sure that sometimes a task that should take me 15 mins takes me an hour for no good reason. I had to re-learn how to sit and focus, even if the task is boring, being able to do it without checking the phone, surfing the web, messaging someone, or eating a snack is a key to being more productive and having more time in a day.
- Stop comparison — We are all doing it, comparing our bodies, jobs, houses, and abilities to other people. In some cases that can motivate someone, but usually, if you are constantly comparing with someone with will never feel like you are moving closer to your goals. But if you start comparing your results with your previous results that can lead you somewhere much better.
- Train your negative mind — Silencing the critique in our heads is no easy task, but once you realize that you have power over the chatter in your mind you need to change the discourse. No need to exaggerate or say things that are too good to be real, start with changing one negative thought at a time. For instance when you catch yourself saying ‘I’m such a loser’, stop, and say ‘Well, actually I am trying to be better every day,’ and so on. Your mind should be a beautiful place to be in, not a prison.
Life is not meant to be easy, but it can be less complicated and more enjoyable when we focus on the right things for us. What would you add to the list?