How To Find Simplicity In Your Daily Life
When it comes to working toward making your life simpler, there is no easy and quick solution. But achieving this aim in your personal life, your work life or in respect to your family can be done in a variety of ways.
Why is it important to find simplicity in your daily life? There are many reasons and here are a few to find one or two that inspires you:
• Firstly, a simple less features less stress and is generally much happier.
• By living a simpler life, you don’t spend as much money, which means you can either clear yourself of accumulated debts or avoid getting them in the first place.
• You have a better focus on the important matters in life, whether this is your work, your hobbies and interests or your friends and family – correspondingly you also get rid of things in life that you don’t like doing.
• By decluttering your surroundings, you have a better work and home space, which allows you to concentrate fully on the things you enjoy.
The classic way to start to simplify your life is to find focus.
Simplifying your life
What does it mean to have a simplified life? For some people, it can be removing themselves entirely from their former lives and live in some remote part of the world. Others may leave a hectic city life to live in the country.
What matters is what works for you.
Reducing the possessions we hold is a great way to simplify life. We tend to go through life acquiring items through our purchases and from gifts until we can be overwhelmed by all of this ‘stuff’. Getting rid of this clutter and creating space allows our minds to focus.
Fewer commitments is also an important part of finding simplicity. Responsibilities tend to come with possessions – they accumulate and can end up taking up all of our time, leaving us with nothing for what we want to do. Learning to say no to people isn’t easy for some of us because we don’t want to hurt or disappoint people.
In my experience, most people will live, and life goes on when you say no. And once these additional commitments have gone, your time is your own to focus on what you love doing.
So to simplify life, think less clutter and more space and think fewer commitments and more time for you.
How to get started
Don’t let the seemingly daunting task put you off – once you start, things will start to fall into place. Here are my top tips on how to start:
1. Pick a short list for life – look at your life for a quiet period, at least an hour or even an afternoon. Take a walk somewhere or sit alone in a coffee shop. Make a list of things that matter to you in the big picture; being with friends or family, writing, reading, sports, whatever is your thing. Pick 4 or 5 of them and then make a second life of everything else that is important. This gives you a big picture list, and these are the things that you focus on, getting rid of the other stuff on the less important list. You can follow the same process with your job too if you need guidance about how you want to proceed.
2. Start decluttering in one place – pick a single spot and declutter it, getting rid of all those possessions that you don’t need. You can start working on the rest after this. It could be a table, a desk or a bookshelf. Take off everything on it, and sort the content into three piles; things you use and love, things you can donate and the things you no longer need. Then put the things you love where they belong, dump the rubbish and give the rest.
How to systematically simplify
Once you have taken these two steps, the next thing is to keep at it. Don’t try to spend all day, every day doing this, even just 20-30 minutes a day will soon see a result.
Personally, I take 10 minutes a day to clear a small area of clutter from around the house and another 10 minutes to simplify commitments and other daily activities to see what you can eliminate. This could be emailed someone to say you can’t make that extra shift at work or text a friend to cancel a lunch plan.
By working a little at a time, you will eventually clear both your mental and physical clutter in both your work and personal life and in time, your life will become much simpler.