You know, one of the things I’ve learned in my 30+ years on this earth is that very few things are complicated. When I take a step back and really look at a situation, it usually is very simple or my approach to handling that situation can be very simple.
For some reason though, we
like tend to overcomplicate things. Often we don’t see how we are suffering way more than we have to when we turn simple things in very complex stuff.
Then what happens? We get frustrated, angry, overwhelmed, stressed, talk bad to and about ourselves, and ultimately, give up.
All we need though is…simplicity.
Easier said than done right? Maybe.
But it does take effort…at least in the beginning, especially if you’re one of those people who, unknowingly, have made things waaaay more complicated than they need to be.
So check out these 10 ways I’ve found helpful to achieve everyday simplicity in my own life. You’ll start to see how much more simpler life gets for you if you’re willing to be courageous on a daily basis and use them for yourself!
10 Ways to Achieve Everyday Simplicity
- Less is more. It’s amazing how much stuff we accumulate because we think they’ll contribute more to our quality of life. Don’t get me wrong, there’s nothing wrong with wanting and having nice things, but the problem comes in when we feel like those things validate us so we keep on accumulating unnecessarily. Eventually we find ourselves living under a constant cloud of confusion, scattered thoughts and stress. So take a moment and figure out what things – physical and mental – you can clear out of your spaces. You’ll feel lighter and less cramped overall, allowing you to have room for what you really want and need.
- Simplify daily routines. An active life is good for you, but not if it leaves you feeling stressed and fatigued! Most of us take on much more than necessary as far as obligations are concerned. Take a few minutes to think about the things you do on a daily, weekly and monthly basis. Do you really need to do all of them? Have you taken on responsibilities that really aren’t yours to begin with? Are you spending time on activities you no longer enjoy? Learn to eliminate, delegate, outsource, or even ignore that which doesn’t serve you well or feels good. Focus on what really matters to you.
- Slow down. With the hustle and bustle of our fast paced lives these days, it may seem like you don’t have time to slow down. I’ve found though that if you did just take an extra moment to be present, you may end up getting more done because you will have made time to focus and think about your actions first. Drive, communicate, and even eat more slowly and be present in your actions.
- Recognize distractions. This one is a huge one for me because I have serious squirrel syndrome like crazy! I know that I get distracted VERY easily so I’ve had to think of little hacks to stay on track, like closing browser tabs I don’t need, jotting down a thought that comes to mind so I can come back to it later (or I’ll start going down that path and forgetting about my current task), turning my phone on silent until I’m done with a task, etc. When I get distracted, it’s hard for me to get back on task and/or it takes longer to do so which, in turn, wastes more time. It’s all about saving time and keeping things simple. This is something I have to work on often so I’ve become a lot better at recognizing distractions. You will too once you follow these steps for your life as well.
- Avoid multitasking. I’ve said once before there’s no such thing as multitasking for real. You can’t give 100% focus to more than one thing at a time. The math doesn’t add up. LOL Rather than trying to do multiple things at once, especially things that need to use your brain power and attention, aim to do one thing at a time until you complete it. Trust me, you’ll end up getting things done faster when you’re not trying to do too much at once because you can focus on one thing and get it done then move to the next and get it done and so on and so forth.
- Plan ahead. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve said I was going to start doing meal prep but didn’t which means that I spent way too much time trying to figure out what I was going to eat on a whim and/or spending money on outside food unnecessarily because of convenience. So what I started doing was planning my meals for the week and grocery shopping on Sundays so that I can batch cook meals. It’s sooooo freakin’ refreshing to be able to have food already made and available when I need it. Saves time in the kitchen (since it’s not my favorite room in the house anyway) and I won’t have to waste time preparing meals everyday or wasting money on fast food. This is just one example of how planning ahead saves time and keeps things simple. Find ways to save time on routine things in your life by planning ahead too.
- Identify what’s important to you. This comes in handy when are making a decision to do something. If that task will move you further along with your life’s priorities and/or fit your personal values, then the decision is easy. Knowing what’s really important to you and what your top priorities are will make it that much more easy to say yes or no to things that are presented to you on a daily basis.
- Learn to say no. Speaking of saying no, I can’t tell you how many people, women especially, have a problem saying no even when it serves them best to do so. Look, I get it. We want to be nice to others, be there for them, and not let them down but, honey, when your saying yes makes things more complicated for you, it MUST be a no! If you need more help with this, here are 20 ways to say no. Read it and let the NOs begin!
- Limit your consumption of media. We all know that the media has so many mixed messages. One day we’re supposed to be, do, have, act, and eat one thing and the VERY next day, it’s the total opposite. How insane is that?! If we continue to allow the media to interrupt our mind space, we will continue to live in overwhelm, insecurity, fear, and ugliness – all things that keep us from living our most happyful, fantabulous, non-complicated lives. Try to limit your intake of media messages from TV, magazines, websites, movies, etc. and add more positive messaging into your life (you know which types of media will make you feel more content and less stressful so just use your common sense. 😉 ).
- Spend time in silence. A deceptively simple way to live a life of simplicity and ease is to shut out the mental and physical noise of your busy life on a regular basis. Sitting in silence for just a few minutes can drastically reduce your stress levels and leave you feeling calm, centered and happy. If you’re following the other 9 steps to simplify your life, you’ll definitely find more time in your day for this step (and vice versa)!
Over to you…
When it comes right down to it, living a simpler life is about learning how to slow down and connect more deeply with your inner self. Whether you do that by simplifying your physical and mental spaces, prioritizing and reducing items on your schedule or simply enjoying some quiet time each day, the result is the same and well worth it – a happier, less complicated, more peaceful you!
What other ways have you found to help simplify your life? Don’t be shy! Share your thoughts in the comments below!