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The 10 Most Important Things to Simplify in Your Life

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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Your Words

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

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.

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.

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.

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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Minimalist living

It’s about getting rid of things you do not use or need, leaving an uncluttered, simple environment and an uncluttered, simple life. 

It’s living without an obsession with material things or an obsession with doing everything and doing too much. It’s using simple tools, having a simple wardrobe, carrying little and living lightly.

The benefits of minimalism

  • It’s more sustainable.
  • It’s easier to organize.
  • It’s lower in stress.
  • It’s less expensive and less debt.
  • It’s less cleaning and maintaining.
  • There’s more room for creating, for loved ones, for peace, for doing the things that give you joy.
  • There’s more time for getting healthy.

The new buzzword

The "pursuit of joy" seems to be the new buzzword to counter the fear of missing out phenomenon.

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Life clutter builds up

We are constantly invited to do something, think something, experience something or buy something.

For every social event or task we say yes to, we run the risk of overfilling our lives. It may leave us feeling overstretched, overtired and overwhelmed.

Inability to say "no"

There is often an underlying fear that prevents us from saying no. Perhaps we fear that we are not good enough. We find the compulsive "yes" might help us feel better. However, we cannot continue living at this pace.

We need to ask ourselves why we continue to do the very things that make us unhappy. Self-restraint and missing out are vital for our well-being.