You might think of clearing out your closet or freeing up your schedule when it comes to simplifying your life. While doing those things can lessen mental clutter, it’s actually inner simplicity that helps you find peace.
What does inner simplicity mean? Focusing on what really matters in life and devoting energy to what serves you.
Your home could be the tidiest on the block, and your mind could still be tangled up. That’s why we put together this list of 10 ways to simplify your life – 10 ways that many people forget.
1. Don’t ignore the day-to-day tasks.
Too often, you might find yourself focused on the big picture.
Instead of looking at life from a macro level, shrink things down and look at your everyday routine. As the years go on, you’ll realize that all of those small tasks add up – they are what your life consists of. Don’t leave those tasks until tomorrow, do them today and you’ll see a cumulative, positive effect on your well-being.
2. Avoid the idea of a ‘perfect plan.’
Instead, create a good plan and make it exemplary with the effort and dedication that you put into it. Be open to learning as you go, and focus on perfecting your craft along the journey instead of creating something flawless at the start.
3. Appreciate your health.
Health doesn’t last forever, and it’s so easy to forget that. Enjoy time doing the things you love, with those you love, while in good health.
4. Stop looking for the easy way out.
Take the path that will teach you something instead of searching for shortcuts. The real reward isn’t what you get at the end of the journey – but rather the journey itself and who you become along the way.
5. Protect yourself from addictions.
These days, technology is as addicting as drugs and alcohol, and that addiction can have just as big of an impact on your life. If you give up these addictions, you’ll live more simply by not constantly fighting them. The mental clarity you’ll have will empower you to live a life by your design, one that’s simple yet fulfilling.
6. Don’t pity yourself.
There’s nothing to gain by pitying yourself. Instead of dwelling on the past, live in the present and understand that you can only control your future.
7. Stop comparing yourself to others.
Comparison creates jealousy, and jealousy will get you nowhere. Focus on what is good about your life, and you will be a more satisfied, content person.
8. Practice being reliable.
Reliability creates trust with the people you care about. If you’re reliable, you attract other reliable & trustworthy people who add value to your life as you add value to theirs.
9. Stay honest.
There’s no reason to conceal the mistakes you’ve made, or hide who you really are. The people who truly love you will love every facet of you. Your past has made you who you are today, so own it and build upon the positive.
10. Surround yourself with good people.
Your friends should be people you admire. Choosing great friends and having their positive qualities rub off on you is a notable way to simplify your life, instead of complicating it by constantly fighting negative influences.
Simplifying your life starts now
It’s easy to get lost in the hustle and bustle of all that’s going on. In doing so, we begin to neglect ourselves and our loved ones. Reminders and suggestions like those covered here can help ground us and guide us to a more fulfilling life. So, give them a try and simplify your life.