Nine times out of ten, simple is always better. Simplifying your life can bring so much joy and freedom. By simplifying, you actually gain more control of your life and waste less of your valuable time.
While living simply can mean different things to each individual, generally, a simplified life means that you are getting rid of any extra mental and physical clutter, so that you can focus on the things that really matter to you!
In honor of National Simplicity Day I’m sharing 5 ways to simplify your life this year!
Declutter your home
This one probably isn’t all that surprising since around here we are all about organizing and decluttering. But regardless of if you live in a tiny apartment or a four-bedroom house, things can sometimes get overcrowded.
Too many material possessions complicate our lives to a greater degree than we even give them credit for. They drain our bank account, our energy, health, and our attention. They keep us from the ones we love and from living life to its fullest. If you will invest the time to declutter the non-essential possessions from your life, you will never regret it.
Learn to Say No
Although COVID has certainly forced us all to slow down and rethink our normal schedules, I bet you can recall the days of having your calendar filed to the max with commitments. These things usually range from work, home, kid’s activities, community events, religious endeavors, hobbies… the list goes on.
While we all have responsibilities, I encourage you, when possible, to release yourself from the time commitments that are not in line with your values, or that you simply don’t enjoy doing.
How many times a day do you check your phone? It is the first thing you do when you wake up? If so, you’re not alone. Tons and tons of information is available at your fingertips. It’s certainly not a bad thing, but if you are not careful, it can easily begin to dominate your life.
Unfortunately, when you live in that world on a consistent basis, you don’t even notice how it is impacting you. Try to challenge yourself to take a break from your computer and smartphone for a day. You’d be surprised at how refreshing it can feel to not be constantly plugged into everything that’s going on in everyone else’s life.
Research indicates that multi-tasking increases stress and lowers productivity. Handle one task at a time. Do it well. And when it is complete, move to the next. Try single tasking for a week and see if you accomplished more than you did when you were multitasking.
Take Control of Your Money
It doesn’t matter how much money you have. If you’re not taking control of your financial situation, money will occupy too much space in your life. Commit to taking charge of your money by creating a budget and establishing clear goals. This will make your financial decisions become much simpler.
You’ll spend less time, effort, and energy thinking about money once you’ve gotten clear on what you have to spend and save. There’s a huge sense of peace that comes with financial freedom.
Start Simplifying Your Life in Small Ways
Life is complicated sometimes, and simplifying things can feel overwhelming, which, of course, is exactly the opposite of what simplifying your life is all about. But you don’t have to change everything at one time.
Start eliminating one thing from your life each day. Get rid of some clutter, clear some mental space, – make some room somewhere so you can feel lighter and more free.
The less you own, the less you have, and the less time you invest into things you don’t want to do, the simpler life becomes.
If you enjoyed this post I would love to hear from you about how you plan to simplify your life. Be sure to send a note here and tell me!