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16 Ways to Simplify Your Life

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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16 Ways to Simplify Your Life

16 Ways to Simplify Your Life

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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.

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.

Forget the Small Stuff

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.

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.

Your Personal Simpler Living

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.

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. 

Don't Multitask

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.

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.

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.

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.

Spend Time Disconnected

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.

Give Back

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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Defining "Success"

“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.

Lose an hour in the morning, and you will be all day hunting for it.

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Putting "first things" first

Start the day with your #1 priority.

Getting up early isn’t enough. You need to put first things first. When you put your top priorities first, then you ensure they make it into the bucket of your day. After your main priorities have been completed, the rest will fill the gaps.

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Dealing with difficult times

We may wonder if it is even possible to thrive during difficult patches in our lives. 

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Keep the big picture in mind

What you're going through is just a chapter of your life. The rest of the story is still unwritten. Once you emerge from a difficult period, a blank page will await you to change the record.

At the moment, everything feels confusing, but hindsight will be 20/20 vision. 

Define your success

Define your success. It is critical in order to know yourself. Success could be your health, career, friendships, being a good spouse or parent.

Difficult times in life require us to redefine our objective, to modify them to fit our new situations. What does betterment look like to you? Is it better health, better grades, healthy relationships? Write down your priorities and work towards them daily.

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Build in buffer zones

Schedule a “buffer zone” — say, 15 to 30 minutes before and after each significant task.

This builds in the breaks you need to be effective and acknowledges that all tasks require some kind of mental and physical transition time. It also helps you tend to unexpected items that crop up during the day.

Know when you work best

Everyone has peak times of energy, creativity, and mental focus,

Plan to accomplish demanding tasks when you’re likely to be charged up; the least important or challenging when you’re more likely to have low energy or needing some kind of break

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William James

“Wisdom is the art of knowing what to overlook.”

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The 2 kinds of distractions
  • Sensory distractions (External): The things happening around us, like colleagues talking, phones ringing, people moving around us, music playing, etc.
  • Emotional distractions (Internal): The thoughts that make our attention drift from what we’re doing. For example, remembering a phone call you need to make or thinking about a future meeting.
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Daniel Goleman

“It’s not the chatter of people around us that is the most powerful distractor, but rather the chatter of our own minds.”

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Balance
Balance

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Alignment

Creating a joyful and fulfilling life isn't about balance, but about Alignment. An Alignment of our lives can:

  • Clarify our values and priorities.
  • Remove any noise or distraction of other's expectations.
  • Help us find the flow in life.
  • Make us let go of things that cause friction.
  • Bring order to life, rather than just trying to be everywhere, doing everything for everyone.
Taking Responsibility for our Life

Most of us have been bought up to behave in a certain socially acceptable and normal way, and we simply stick to the script and 'fit' ourselves in a certain mold, living a stereotyped life.

We need to take responsibility for creating a life that makes sense for us, as we are the authors of our own lives.

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Get More Sleep

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Reduce Stress

Feelings of stress can mean that you struggle to concentrate, experience racing thoughts, difficulty switching off and tiredness.

Strategies to improve your energy levels include taking some time for yourself to relax, reading or going for a walk.

Move More

One study found that sedentary people with persistent, unexplained fatigue decreased their tiredness by around 65% just by regularly participating in low-intensity cycling.

Get up and move your body like brisk walking or cycling to boost your energy levels.

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Find the root cause

Insecurities are rooted in our experiences. They may start as far back as childhood.

Finding the root cause of your insecurities is a great first step in outsmarting them.

Separate illusion from reality

Everybody struggles with insecurities, to some degree.

Some people are more prone to insecurity than others, and some have learned to successfully overcome them, but insecurity is real and it's universal.

Face your insecurities

Face your insecurities in order to defeat them. Analyze your internal dialogue and the way you speak to yourself.

This way, you will diminish the false power you have given to your fears.

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Don’t Rely On Your Memory

If you want to remember things, don't rely on your memory. Put it in writing or in a digital notebook.

Make Back-Ups Of Everything
  • Make sure to back up your computer files.
  • Make duplicates for your car and home keys.
  • Scan your IDs, passports and bank details, and put it all in a secured folder on your computer.

Keep all your financial records, birth certificates, land titles and insurance in one folder, preferably in a safe.

Have a designated place for everything
  • Sort out your clothes, cleaning materials and everything else and keep them in labeled containers or closets at home. 
  • Organize your work space well so that your every move is conserved, knowing exactly where everything is.

Doing this will take time, but it is easier to find what you need.

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