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21 Tips to Simplify your Life

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“Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated”-Confucius

“Nothing is more simple than greatness; indeed, to be simple is to be great.”-Ralph Waldo Emerson

We all want to live peaceful and happy lives. We love feeling calm, centered, and clear-minded.

One effective way to achieve the above is by simplifying our lives. Simplifying doesn’t have to be complicated.  You just have to take it one step at a time.

This article will provide you with 21 efficient ways to incorporate simplicity into everyday life. Keep in mind that you don’t need to accomplish all of these tips to create simplicity.  Just start with one or two that resonate with you and you’ll be well on your way to creating a better life.

21 Tips to Create a Simpler Life

1. Single-task

Many people think that multi-tasking gets things accomplished quicker, but it often doesn’t.  It just leads to confusion and inefficiency.  Rather, give your undivided attention to one task at a time until completion, then move on to the next.  Single-tasking brings more focus, clarity, and productivity.

2. Declutter

An open, clutter-free living space helps to create an open, clutter-free mind.  Dedicate some time to figuring out what you need and let go of everything else.  A good rule of thumb is that if you haven’t used it in a year, get rid of it.  To help get you started, dedicate 10 minutes a day to declutter.  You’ll be amazed at how much you will accomplish!

3. Organize

Once your space is decluttered, it’s a perfect time to start organizing.  Benjamin Franklin’s quote says it right- “a place for everything, everything in its place.”  In other words, one of the best ways to stay well organized is to have a place for everything.   Life is much easier when you know where to find what you’re looking for!

4. Downsize

Consider downsizing your home.  A smaller home saves you money and is much easier to maintain.  As a result, your stress level goes down and peace level goes up.

5. Meditate

Regular meditation practice calms your mind and body.  It can help to transform negative thought patterns into positive ones.  As a result, you perceive life in a lighter, less complicated way.

6. Breathe

When you’re feeling overwhelmed or stressed, take a few slow deep breaths.  It will help center you and connect you with the present moment.

7. Exercise

Daily exercise can help increase your energy, clear your mind, and lift your spirits.  All these effects can positively impact your mood and productivity.

8. Wake up early

Waking up before the rest of the family can help to prevent morning chaos.  You can eat breakfast in peace and have some alone time.  Then you can make breakfast for the rest of the family and have things prepared to get the kids off to school and yourself ready for work.

9. Relax

Give yourself a break.  At least once a week schedule some time off to relax and enjoy life.  You can take a nap, go for a walk, read a book, or anything else that helps you unwind.  This break will recharge your batteries and make the rest of your week more efficient.

10. Eat healthy

Simplify your food choices.  Go back to the basics. Eat organic fruits, veggies, meats, and whole grains.  Avoid artificial ingredients such as MSG, artificial sweeteners, high–fructose corn syrup, etc.  Eating healthy helps to create a healthy mind and body.

11. Eat slowly

Instead of wolfing down your food, try eating it slowly.  Take time and enjoy your food.  Eating is meant to be a pleasurable experience.  Slowing down will improve digestion too.

12. Cook in bulk

Cook extra for dinner so that you have enough for lunch the next day.  As well, set aside some time one day a week to bulk cook and freeze it for later use.

13. Make 30 minute (or less) meals

Learn a handful of quick and healthy recipes.  I’m a big fan of one-pot wonders.  All of my dinner meals from Monday to Friday are healthy, take less than 30 minutes to prepare, and requires one pan.  It provides me with more time to spend enjoying the meal with my family.  Clean-up is much easier too!

14. Filter Media

Do you spend a lot of time in front of a screen; televisions, computers, phones, movies, and video games?  Did you know that screen time can have a negative impact on you, without you even realizing it? Try your best to minimize your exposure.  Set a daily time limit.  As well, only view the stuff that uplifts you and avoid the rest.

15. Get rid of bad company

Bad company can bring you down.  Figure out ways to let go of negative relationships and surround yourself with the people who make you feel good.

16. Don’t compare

Keeping up with the Joneses is futile. It will leave you feeling sub-par and exhausted. Instead, utilize your energy in more productive, healthier ways.

17. Delegate

Stop trying to do everything yourself.  Delegate responsibilities where you can.  Get the kids involved in doing chores around the house.  If possible, get your employees to help with projects.  In the end, a lot more will be accomplished with much less effort on your part.

18. Learn to say NO

Have you fallen into the trap of being a people-pleaser?  It nice to want to make others happy, but you must set limits.  Saying yes all the time will lead to stress and anxiety.  You’ll be bombarded with commitments.  Realize you have a choice; you can say No.

19. Eliminate perfection

Please stop trying to be perfect at everything.  Perfection can be stressful and tiring.  Instead, accept that enough is good enough.

20. Minimize debt

Is your debt weighing you down?  Start today, commit to figuring out the best ways for you to become debt-free.  Getting rid of debt is liberating.

21. Question yourself every day

Is this the simplest way for me to do this?  Is there an easier way to approach or handle it?

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