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The 10 Most Important Things to Simplify in Your Life

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The 10 Most Important Things to Simplify in Your Life
"Purity and simplicity are the two wings with which man soars above the earth and all temporary nature." - Thomas à Kempis Simplicity brings balance, freedom, and joy. When we begin to live simply and experience these benefits, we begin to ask the next question, "Where else in my life can i remove distraction and simply focus on the essential?"

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Your Possessions

Your Possessions

Too many material possessions complicate our lives to a greater degree than we ever give them credit. They drain our bank account, our energy, and our attention.

Invest the time to remove nonessential possessions from your life.

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Your Time Commitments

Most of us have filled our days full from beginning to end with time commitments: work, home, kid’s activities, community events, religious endeavors, hobbies… the list goes on. 

Release yourself from the time commitments that are not in line with your greatest values.

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Your Goals

Reduce the number of goals you are intentionally striving for in your life to one or two. You will improve your focus and your success rate. 

Make a list of the things that you want to accomplish in your life and choose the two most important. When you finish one, add another from your list.

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Your Negative Thoughts

Resentment, bitterness, hate, and jealousy have never improved the quality of life for a single human being. 
Take responsibility for your mind. Forgive past hurts and replace negative thoughts with positive ones.

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Your Debt

Your Debt
If debt is holding you captive, reduce it. Start today. Do what you’ve got to do to get out from under its weight. Find the help that you need. Sacrifice luxury today to enjoy freedom tomorrow.

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Your Words

Use fewer words. Keep your speech plain and honest. Mean what you say. Avoid gossip.

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Your Artificial Ingredients

Avoid trans fats, refined grain (white bread), high-fructose corn syrup, and too much sodiumMinimizing these ingredients will improve your energy level in the short-term and your health in the long-term. 

Reduce your consumption of over-the-counter medicine – allow your body to heal itself naturally as opposed to building a dependency on substances.

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Your Screen Time

Focusing your attention on television, movies, video games, and technology affects your life more than you think

The media rearranges your values. It begins to dominate your life. And it has a profound impact on your attitude and outlook. 

The only way to fully appreciate its influence in your life is to turn them off.

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Your Connections to the World

Relationships with others are good, but constant streams of distraction are bad. 

Learn when to power off the blackberry, log off Facebook, or not read a text. Focus on the important, not the urgent. 

A steady flow of distractions from other people may make us feel important, needed, or wanted, but feeling important and accomplishing importance are completely different things.

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Your Multi-Tasking

Your Multi-Tasking
Research indicates that multi-tasking increases stress and lowers productivity. 

While single-tasking is becoming a lost art, learn it. Handle one task at a time. Do it well. And when it is complete, move to the next.

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Minimalizing Your Life

To minimize your life is choosing to live by design, not by default. You decide where to allocate your time, focus, and efforts.

Socrates

Socrates

“The secret of happiness, you see, is not found in seeking more, but in developing the capacity to enjoy less.”

Why Minimizing Your Life

What minimizing your life will bring you:

  • More Efficiency: You finally have enough time to do what’s truly important.
  • More Time: Owning and doing things carry high costs. Doing less frees up your time to focus on the essential few.
  • Less Stress: No more overloaded schedules, running from one place to the next, always rushing.
  • Better Health: having and doing less calms your mind and brings clarity.
  • Freedom: things don’t own you anymore, you only own things you love. 

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Focus on the essentials

Ask yourself honestly “Who are the people and what are the things that are essential to my happiness?” These are the people and things that you cannot live without. 

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What adds joy or value

Before buying anything, ask if it adds joy and or value to your life and if you really need it. Ask the same question of the things you own and the relationships and activities that you have in your life.

Invest your time and resources on people and activities that inspire, energize and contribute to your growth and happiness.

Make time for yourself

If you are not happy or well, you can’t offer anyone else the happiness and care they deserve. 

Make time to be on your own and find space for some peace and quiet. Do whatever that works for you to find peace and calmness and help regain your balance and energy.

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 m...

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.

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.