Many folks are multi-tasking at home, at work, and on vacation. This way of getting tasks accomplished, however, comes at a high cost: stress or distress.
The first week of August is National Simplify Your Life Week. This week is a reminder that simplifying your life “isn’t just about removing distractions; it’s also about improving your quality if life.”
Below are 10 suggestions we can use to simplify our lives.
1. Make a list of your 4 to 5 important things. These are your priorities. Simplify your life by focusing on these priorities.
2. Create a simplicity statement. What do you want your simple life to look like? Write it out.
3. Evaluate your commitments. Look at everything you’ve got going on in your life. Everything, from work to home to civic to kids’ activities to hobbies to side businesses to other projects. Think about which of these really gives you value. Which of these are in line with the 4-5 most important things you listed above? Drop those that aren’t in line with those things.
4. Declutter your home, your office. Focus on that which makes your hapay and/or are really needed. Some objects may be valuable, but do not really make you happy to use or have.
5. Stop buying new things you do not really need. Just because you found a good deal on something does not make it necessary to buy. Simplify by stopping the additional accumulaton of things.
6. Create white space. Having empty space in your home, your room, or your office can help to relax you and create a feeling of calmness.
7. Streamline your finances. If you can, simplify your finances as much as possible by consolidating your debts and creating as few payments as possible for each month. Create a budget, based on how much money you’ve got coming in every month, and calculate your average expenditures of known and estimated amounts. Stick to the plan, and spending gets simpler.
8. Put your phone away. Nothing will distract you and keep you unfocused more than checking your telephone for messages every two minutes. Texts, emails, Facebook updates, etc., will be just as compelling an hour or so later. When you are with friends, keep it tucked away.
9. Learn to say no. This is actually one of the key habits for those trying to simplify their lives. If you can’t say no, you will take on too much! “No” is not a negative word.
10. Spend time alone. This time is important for reflection, rest, and calmness. This quiet is important for helping to determine what is truly important to you.