Trade complexity for simplicity.

Many of us live very complex lives. Some complexity is necessary and serves a purpose, But most of us have areas in our lives that are more intricate than they need to be, and can be simplified. Simplification creates space for good things to appear. It enables us to think more clearly, and it makes it easier for other people to connect with us. There are numerous ways to move towards straightforwardness. Some key areas include; prioritization, decluttering, and saying, “No” to situations. 1, Prioritization – the key here is to keep in mind our values and goals, then cut out activities that don’t align. For example, it’s common to consume way more media than is useful for us; TV, articles, newsletters, etc. If we cut back here, we’d have more time for family. 2, Decluttering – it’s generally easier to feel calm when we’re surrounded by a peaceful and tidy environment. An unblocked mind can be created with a clear physical space, so we should pair down the number of materialistic objects we accumulate. We can try taking something out of our home, for every item we bring in to it. 3, Saying, “No” – this concept is about avoiding complexity in all the forms that it comes. By avoiding complicated relationships, we open up to meaningful connections. By staying away from chaotic routines, we can appreciate precious moments. And by saying, “No” to the little things that we don’t need, we create space for purposeful thought.

Take action: If you can’t communicate something simply to someone else, that’s a good indication that you’re involved in something that is too complex. If they can’t easily repeat back your situation, consider if you are overthinking it, or if it’s more complicated than it needs to be. Then figure out how to simplify or streamline it, or if it’s useful for you at all.

Inspired by Leo Babauta’s article, Simple Living Manifesto: 72 Ideas to Simplify Your Life. 

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