Limit Choices

Limit Choices

The paradox of our time is that we have so many choices available to us that many of us struggle to make any choice at all. 

Counter this by purposefully limiting your options at times. 

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16 Ways to Simplify Your Life

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Multitasking is a great way to spin plates and do lots of things sub-optimally. It means we're not fully engaged with what we're doing but rather thinking about what's next.

Forget multitasking and instead focus simply on one thing at a time until completion and then move onto the next task.

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Slow Down

You can't be in constant motion and be at your best. You need to know when to take your foot off the gas and just rest a little.

Ironically slowing down can also mean we get more (not less) done.

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Live Debt Free

Living in debt adds stress to our lives. In the case of a mortgage for the home of your dreams you can afford to pay off on, then maybe this is a debt you can happily live with.

Otherwise, if you can't afford it now maybe now is not the time to have it.

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Make Time

"I don't have time" is becoming one of the most overused phrases in our culture. What it often means is we don't see something as a priority or perhaps we have our priorities slightly skewed.

We need to make time for those things and people that are truly important to us in our lives.

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Pareto's 80/20 rule states that in any particular pursuit that we undertake, approximately 80 percent of the results may come from just 20 percent of our efforts.

If we identify and focus on the 20 percent that really matters we are more likely to live a simpler life more on our own terms.

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Declutter

Too much physical and mental clutter is not good for us. 

Streamline and declutter regularly. If you don't need it or it doesn't serve a positive purpose, eject it.

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Own Less

How much do you really need? Not as much as you probably already have.

Make sure anything you have in your life has a reason to be there and gives you something back. If not, get rid of it.

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Learn the Power of No

Make sure you're saying yes to the right invites that mean you get to spend time with those you care about, or on things you care about and goals that are important to you.

Learn to say a polite "No, thank you" to invitations that don't fit this bill. The ones that don't add to your life in some way.

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Living simpler means we streamline and hack away the things that are not essential.

What that version of simpler actually ends up being is however a personal choice. What works for me may not work for you.

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The things that give us the rosiest feelings or that we're most proud of often involve giving or providing a service to someone else. Make giving back a constant goal. 

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We are spending more and more of our time plugged in. We're in danger of letting life pass us by while we click away.

As fantastic and powerful as technology is, we need to make regular time to disconnect as well.

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Don't waste valuable energy

We can't waste valuable energy on mindless activities while putting off what matters most for later.

In business, wasting energy means working on low-value tasks, and thinking busywork is the same as productivity.

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How Low-Value Work Is Hurting Your Bottom Line

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Have a Better Life
  • Simplify, unclutter and make space
  • Enjoy the many small pleasures in your life
  • Make time for family and friends
  • Take on less and make what you take important to you
  • Be with good, positive people who have your best interests at heart
  • Never stop learning
  • Judge others less
  • Learn how to say no without guilt
  • Act more and analyze less
  • Read more
  • Put the smartphone down and unplug from the networks occasionally
  • Find and live your purpose

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52 Tips For Happiness, Health And A Better Life

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“Success” isn’t just having lots of money. 

Success is continuously improving who you are, how you live, how you serve, and how you relate.

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23 Smart Ways To Increase Your Confidence, Productivity, and Income - Medium

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