“The ability to simplify means to eliminate the unnecessary so that the necessary may speak.”
A simple life has a different meaning and a different value for every person.
Generally, a simple life means getting rid of many of the things you do so you can spend time with people you love and do the things you love.
It means getting rid of the clutter so you are left with only that which gives you value.
However, getting to simplicity isn’t always a simple process.
It’s a journey, not a destination.
Each person gets to choose the level of simplicity they carry in their lives.
For those of you who feel that heavy burden of responsibilities, commitments, and distractions, we have created a simple guide to help you live a more simple and pleasant life.
Lets take a look at some of the steps you can take in order to declutter your life.
1. Free up time. Find ways to free up time for the important stuff. That means eliminating the stuff you don’t like, cutting back on time wasters, and making room for what you want to do.
2. Spend time alone. Alone time is good for you, although some people aren’t comfortable with it. It could take practice getting used to the quiet, and making room for your inner voice. It’s extremely calming. And this quiet is necessary for finding out what’s important to you.
3. Eat slowly. If you cram your food down your throat, you are not only missing out on the great taste of the food, you are not eating healthy. Slow down to lose weight, improve digestion, and enjoy life more.
4. Be present. These two words can make a huge difference in simplifying your life. Living here and now, in the moment, keeps you aware of life, of what is going on around you and within you. It does wonders for your sanity.
5. Learn to live frugally. Living frugally means buying less, wanting less, and leaving less of a footprint on the earth. It’s directly related to simplicity.
6. Make your house minimalist. A minimalist house has what is necessary, and not much else. It’s also extremely peaceful (not to mention easy to clean).
7. Find a creative outlet for self-expression. Whether that’s writing, poetry, painting, drawing, creating movies, designing websites, dance, skateboarding, whatever. We have a need for self-expression, and finding a way to do that makes your life much more fulfilling. Allow this to replace much of the busy-work you’re eliminating from your life.
8. Single-task. Multi-tasking is more complicated, more stressful, and generally less productive. Instead, do one task at a time.
9. Reduce your consumption of advertising. Advertising makes us want things. That’s what it’s designed to do, and it works. Find ways to reduce your exposure of advertising, whether that’s in print, online, broadcast, or elsewhere. You’ll want much less.
10. Live life more deliberately. Do every task slowly, with ease, paying full attention to what you’re doing.
11. Make a Most Important Tasks list each day. Set just 3 very important things you want to accomplish each day. Don’t start with a long list of things you probably won’t get done by the end of the day. A simple list of 3 things, ones that would make you feel like you accomplished something.
12. Create morning and evening routines. A great way to simplify your life is to create routines at the start and end of your day.
13. Learn to do nothing. Doing nothing can be an art form, and it should be a part of every life.
14. Go for quality, not quantity. Try not to have a ton of stuff in your life … instead, have just a few possessions, but ones that you really love, and that will last for a long time.
15. Fill your day with simple pleasures. Make a list of your favorite simple pleasures, and sprinkle them throughout your day.
16. Learn to pack light. Who wants to lug a bunch of luggage around on a trip?
17. Leave space around things in your day. Whether they’re appointments, or things you need to do, don’t stack them back-to-back. Leave a little space between things you need to do, so you will have room for contingencies, and you’ll go through your day much more relaxed.
18. Live closer to work. This might mean getting a job closer to your home, or moving to a home closer to your work. Either will do much to simplify your life.