Between work, study, fitness and hobbies, keeping up with household chores, kids, our partners and our friends – life can get pretty complicated.
Greater use of technology and our faster paced society sees many of us with super busy lifestyles, more stress and less freedom. Each year seems to be passing quicker and many of us feel like we need more time to get everything done. In reality we may already have enough time in our lives, it’s just we haven’t set our priorities or know what it is we are actually chasing.
Eliminating clutter, getting organized, simplifying our relationships, and learning to take the time to slow down and appreciate the little things can help to make our life quieter and more balanced
There is no step-by-step guide to simplify our day-to-day lives as “simplicity” has a different meaning and a different value for each of us. However here are ten of my favourite ideas for how you can make every day a little bit simpler and enjoyable:
- Consider what and who is important to you in life. Try listing your priorities so that you can work towards having more time for these things. When possible, free yourself from the commitments which are not of greatest value to you.
- Reduce goals. Whilst it’s important to have goals to work towards, it can be counterproductive to be intentionally striving for too many things all at once. By reducing the number of goals you can improve your focus and success rate. Try making a list of all the things you wish to accomplish and prioritise the most important two. As you achieve one, add another to your list.
- Learn to say “NO”. When we can’t say no then we likely take on too much. Rather than saying “yes” all the time, consider whether you have the time and whether by saying yes you are taking time away from what is really important to you.
- Evaluate your commitments: What have you got going on in your life? Take a look at everything from work, home, family activities, side projects and social commitments. Consider which of these activities you truly value and which ones you enjoy doing the most.
- Evaluate your time: Many of us fill our days full from start to end with commitments. How do you spend your day? What things do you do from the time you wake up until the time you go to bed? Redesign your day by prioritising the things you do and cutting out the activities that aren’t in line with your priorities will free up your time and provide focus.
- De-clutter your possessions: Material possessions can drain our bank account, our energy and our attention. De-cluttering and reorganizing our “stuff” can make us feel less stressed and more organised. It can be rewarding to give away unused or unwanted items. Whilst it’s nice to have new things, it’s a matter of balancing our needs and wants and learning to manage the desire to continually acquire new stuff.
- Eliminate debt: Having a high level of debt can be restrictive and stressful. If you’re feeling restricted or overwhelmed by debt, then there is no better time to start to focus on reducing money owed. There are many ways that debt can be managed and reduced. If you need help, seek it. It may be better to sacrifice luxuries today in order to enjoy freedom tomorrow.
- Cut the screen time. Technology and media can easily dominate our life. The more we are in front of a screen the more it impacts our attitude, outlook and values. Try to limit the time you are in front of a TV, movie, game, computer, IPad or mobile screen. Is this time you could better spend on something else?
- Limit your communication and social connections: In our connective world of email, text messages, Facebook, LinkedIn and twitter feeds and other apps we can easily become distracted and end up wasting a lot of time. If possible, learn to remove yourself from your devices to focus on what’s important. Scheduling or limiting times for checking and responding can work for some people. Remember just because it’s an instant message doesn’t mean it’s urgent or requires immediate response.
- Avoid multi-tasking. Contrary to popular belief, multi-tasking can actually increase stress and lower productivity. Learning to focus our attention to the task at hand makes it easier to complete it.
Simplifying isn’t about doing or having less. It’s about doing more of what we love, enjoy and value and less of the stuff that doesn’t really matter!
Find what works for you. Focus on that and remember to keep it simple.
About Lea Schodel:
Lea Schodel is the principal Wellness Consultant at The Modern Careerist.
Lea is a wealth coach, yoga teacher and passionate wellbeing advocate. As founder of the social enterprise Wellthy, Lea was named 2016 Money Management Young Achiever of the Year.
Based near Brisbane, Australia Lea works with an array of people from different backgrounds who are seeking support to create an authentic and purposeful relationship with wealth and wellbeing.
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