Most of our lives are terribly fast-paced. We are always rushing from our morning coffee to brushing our teeth before bed. Days, hours, and minutes go by without even realizing it. Stop. Breathe. And try to think of a time when you last felt relaxed. Focusing on the right things in life and removing all distractions, can help us lead a happy, balanced and satisfied life. In this post, I am going to discuss ways we can try and simplify our lives, which means we may have to cut out a lot of rubbish, and that means you have to go through a lot of rubbish in order to cut it out. This may take some time but in the end, it’s all worth it.
1. Have a standard morning routine.
Enjoy waking up by making your morning routine quirky and positive. If you have a fixed time-table, you will feel much more relaxed and you can make time to do the things you love by having a quick and refreshing start early in the day.
2. De-clutter before your organize your things.
For egs: If you’re going to sort out your wardrobe of clothes, toss away the clothes that you are never going to use. After you’ve done that, organize them. Throw away the stuff you don’t need. It’s taking up unnecessary space that is (in short) not doing you any good! Follow these 3 rules to de-clutter your home.
- If you haven’t used it in the last year, donate it to charity or just toss it.
- If you don’t love it, or it doesn’t have much sentimental value to you, do the same.
- Find a place for each and every little thing in your house. If you can’t do this all in one day, allot each day for tidying up a different area of your home.
3. Get away from technology, and unleash your creativity.
I understand that this is terribly difficult for most of us to do, but we are so used to checking our phone for notifications or playing on it when we are bored, that we are forgetting how to interact with our environment. Use your phone only when necessary. Do the things you love! Try and keep it away when you’re with your family and friends. Show the people (and cutesy puppies that live under your bed) you love and cherish every moment with them. Make them feel special. Like I’ve said all my life, there is nothing like having a conversation with another human being. Yes, I’ve said it.
4. Eat well and love your body.
No, I am not asking you to eat non-stop. I am asking you to enjoy your food. If you’re constantly worried about your weight, try and eat healthy. But don’t cut out the little joys in your life. Eat in moderation, eat what makes you happy, eat what keeps you healthy. Exercise. Move your body. Love your body. Stop looking at magazines and comparing yourself to other people. If you have a goal weight, it’s okay to take your time to get there.
5. Learn to be positive.
Being a realist who constantly makes mental notes of everything around me (and having a husband who’s just the opposite) has been quite a roller-coaster ride for me. I learned to give people a chance, learned to try new things (even Chinese Cuisine), learned to stop jumping to conclusions (without accurate information), and just go with the flow.
6. Plan your day, so you don’t forget things.
You can make your To-Do list the night before or early in the morning. Get a FREE PRINTABLE here.
7. Understand that saying, “No” is perfectly okay.
It is crucial to to know our limits and make peace with it. We aren’t Super Heroes to cram all the stuff we want to do in a measly 24 hours. It’s impossible and impractical. Space out the things you need and want to do. Don’t stress out if you are unable to complete your goals today. Perfect Planning takes practice. Cut yourself some slack and try better tomorrow.
8. Learn to be happy with what you have.
This is one lesson that has taken me 20 years to learn. We all crave things we don’t need. I cannot resist a good Plush Toy when I see one. Or some pretty stationery. I must have it! At all costs. However one year later, the same plush toys collect dust and my pens are unused. Do you get what I’m saying? The joy of owning something must not outweigh the need to use it. Try and live within your means. If this is difficult for you, start tracking your finances. You need to know where your money is going. More doesn’t always equal happiness. I’ll trade a day of shopping with playing with my puppy or having a dinner date with my husband any day. That joy is irreplaceable.
9. Learn to forgive and let go.
Being a Leo means I am completely ruthless if someone hurts the people (or puppy) I love. But after years of holding on to hurt feelings (that is totally useless), I have learned to forgive and let go. Don’t let negative thoughts and feelings weigh you down. Life is short. People may or may not change. But it is up to us to grow and not let our lives come to a stand-still.
10. Slow Down.
This is point I’m trying to make from the beginning. Stop doing a hundred things at once! Mult-tasking slows you down.
Have clear-cut goals in your life. Eliminating all the things we don’t really need, helps us focus on our dreams and move forward. Life is terribly exciting if we know how to trim all the loose ends. Is there anything you love doing that makes your life simpler and easier? Do let me know! Have a simple and beautiful day!