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20 Powerful Everyday Hacks To Simplify Your Life

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20 Powerful Everyday Hacks To Simplify Your Life
Cut out the noise and live a more minimalist life I have long been a believer in living simply. As a youngster, I would buy Volkswagen magazines with the dream of one day living in a VW camper van. Now at 43 years old, as a User Experience Designer it has clicked that I was right as a kid.

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Clear your wardrobe

Clear your wardrobe
Take everything out of your wardrobe and pile it on the bed. 
  • Create 3 piles; things to go to charity, to sell or to the bin. 
  • Anything you haven’t worn in the past 6 months goes straight to one of the piles. 
  • Work your way through each item and see its necessity.
  • The rest goes back into the wardrobe, sectioned off into each type of clothing. 

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Trim your wallet

Trim your wallet

Take out all the cards in your wallet and go through what is needed on a regular basis. 

Get rid of your coffee loyalty cards, and any cards that are rarely needed put in in a safe place. The result is you have less to carry and getting to the card you need is easier.

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Get rid of your Smartphone

Get rid of your Smartphone

Many things you are using your smartphone for are time fillers. You can read emails at home or at work. You need to plan for banking and google maps, most things you can live without. 

Go back to basics and buy yourself a simple phone. Try it for one month and see how you go.

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Unsubscribe to emails

Unsubscribe to emails

Only subscribe to things that are going to add value to your life. Be tough on this, as your email address will be sold on. One subscription could mean lots of unsolicited emails.

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Less Social Media

Less Social Media

If you’re taking a break from your smartphone, you can take a break from social media. 

Trial a week or so without social media and see how you feel. You’ll be surprised how much you don’t miss it!

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Change your commute

Change your commute

Think about your morning commute. Can you improve the way you travel? This doesn’t mean a faster route, it could mean a nicer route or a more comfortable way to travel. 

Don’t battle the time it takes to get to work, make it enjoyable and use it wisely. Take the time to read, meditate, listen to music or a podcast. 

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No sugar in your coffee

No sugar in your coffee

Try your coffee without sugar and after about 3 days you'll start to enjoy the real coffee. Without the sugar craving, you'll also drink less coffee.

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Clear your countertop & desk

Clear your countertop & desk

Get rid of trinkets and clear it up before heading to bed.

Make sure to keep your desk clear at work if you can. Fewer distractions mean fewer things to think about.

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Reduce your goals & to-do list

Reduce your goals & to-do list

Do one big and important thing at a time. Only start a new one when you have completed the last one. Be sure to say ‘no’ to things which might make your to-do list unmanageable.

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Eat Less & eat better

Eat Less & eat better

Eat a big breakfast, a small lunch and a tiny dinner. 

Everyone’s different but if you eat more than you burn you’ll struggle as the years go by. Too much processed and sugary foods will make you sluggish.

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Sit less

Sit less

Get a stand-up desk or get up from your desk every hour or so. Set a reminder, then after a week, you’ll have created a habit. Get out of the office at lunch and walkabout. 

The human body is not designed to sit for 8 hours a day. Move around, stretch and get away from your computer screen.

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Shop less, buy online

Shop less, buy online

Shop less and buy online for regular purchases. Support local suppliers that can deliver online at a competitive rate.

Finding companies that do this can save you lots of time and energy. You can automate payments and deliveries, reducing things you need to do.

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Slow down and breath

Slow down and breath

Be conscious of your surroundings and enjoy the moment. Get out of the office at work, go for a stroll, read a book in a coffee shop for 20 mins. When things get on top of you concentrate on your breathing, this will focus your mind and calm you.

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Less plastic bags

Less plastic bags

Use fewer plastic bags. Carry a couple of tote bags in your work bag or car. Reducing waste and helping the environment is something to consider.

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Less debt

Less debt

If you owe lots of people money, there is pressure to pay it all back. 

Buy a simpler car with cash, rather than a fancy one with debt. Get rid of credit cards. Shop more sensibly. Make a budget. This is a hustle but worth it.

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Four-day work week

Four-day work week

This is the way we should all be heading. If you can supplement your 5th day of work from more earning or savings then it can be done.

Think out of the box to change up your workweek, life is for living.

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It may sound ridiculous, but this strategy really works, especially if you're a competitive person.

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Knowledge is not Enough When It Comes To Bad Habits

Just merely knowing something is good or bad for you is not going to give you any benefit, unless the implementation is done. Conscious knowledge cannot change your behavior, one has to make necessary changes to successfully act in self-control.

If you know that you will eat junk food because your refrigerator is filled with it, remove all the junk food.

Adding Friction To Bad Habits

Just as removing friction aids in doing the activity more often, adding friction can aid to remove the bad habit, by making it difficult or cumbersome to do so.

Example: Cigarette smoking declined due to adding taxes, banning in public places and removing from vending machines.