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 a more simple life. Some key areas include; prioritization, decluttering, and saying, “No” to situations.
- Prioritization – Keep in mind your 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, social, etc. If we cut back here, we’ll have more time for family and friends.
- Decluttering – It’s generally easier to feel calm when we’re surrounded by a peaceful and tidy environment. A clear mind can be created with a clean physical space. To help, we could pair back the number of material objects we accumulate. Try taking something out of your home, for every item you bring in to it.
- Saying, “No” – This concept is about avoiding complexity in the many 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, it’s likely a good indication that you’re involved in something that is too complex. Consider if you are overthinking the situation, or if it’s become 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 zenhabits.net article, Simple Living Manifesto: 72 Ideas to Simplify Your Life.
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