Most of us have too much in life. Too much stuff, too many lists, too many commitments, too much stress… Too much everything!
Have you ever noticed that it’s so easy for us to get overwhelmed by all of the “too much” in life, but yet we still keep adding more?
We have too much stuff, but we go buy more. We have too many commitments, but we commit to more. We have too much on our to-do list, but we write down more.
That’s why I wanted to simplify my life. I wanted to let go of things that were unnecessary so that I could make more room for what actually matters. I wanted to let go of stress so that I could make room for happiness.
Letting go of unnecessary things gives us more room and more time for the people, habits, and items that are important to us. Simplifying our life also gives us more mental calm and clarity.
Since we’re living in a hectic, chaotic, messy world, it can be a real struggle to simplify our lives. So if you don’t know where to start, I hope this post helps you!
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– Figure out what’s truly important to you.
How can you focus on what matters if you don’t even know what matters? Makes no sense. So if you want to simplify your life, first you’ve got to reflect on what makes you the happiest. Spending time with your family (spouse, kids, pet, friends)? One of your hobbies? Your religion? Make a list of your 3 biggest priorities, whether it’s a person or a hobby or God.
I’m guessing that most of the items on your to-do list aren’t truly important if you think about it. I’m guessing scrolling through social media or taking staged photos for Instagram aren’t truly important either, when it comes down to the “big picture” of things. Try to adjust your schedule and find ways to make more time for your top 3 priorities.
– Cut down on your goals and projects.
This was a rough one for me! I tend to overestimate how much time I have for goals and projects and I end up starting a million at once. But goals are meant to be focused on. You need to be dedicated to them if you want to achieve them. So only set goals that you truly want to reach. Set goals that are important to you and give them your focus.
For a while, I had a big list of “goals” that I wanted to achieve, but I rarely finished any of them. I set goals that weren’t realistic for me and I set goals that I didn’t really care about. I think that the better option is to set just a small amount of goals that mean a lot to you – ones that you actually want to (and can) work toward. Then give them all of your focus. It makes life much more simple.
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– Say “no” to the things that don’t matter.
If you say “yes” to every single opportunity, commitment, or task that comes your way, you’re sure as heck not going to live a simple life. You’ll probably just end up with unimportant commitments that lead you to frustration and chaos. You’ll probably end up feeling exhausted and resentful. Why would anyone want any of that?
When you’re asked to do something or go somewhere, stop and think. Carefully consider whether or not it’s important to you. Say “no” sometimes. It’s as simple as: “I’d love to, but my schedule is too full right now.” Don’t feel guilty for standing up for yourself and taking your time back! I’m not telling you to turn down every opportunity that comes your way, but sometimes it’s necessary.
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– Only own what you actually need (and use).
Purchasing more than we need is rough on our wallets and the planet. Wasting resources like food and cluttering up your house with items you don’t even use is just silly. It’s easier on everyone if you just purchase items you need. I’m not saying you should turn into a hardcore minimalist (even though they seem really happy) but there are easy things you can do to simplify your possessions and purchases, while still having everything you truly want and need.
For instance, you don’t need to purchase DVD’s or books if you stream them or check them out from the library instead. You could also think about your purchases before you make them. Do you actually need the item or is it just something you like? Are you going shopping because you actually need something or are you just trying to make yourself feel happy? When you simplify how much you own and buy, you end up feeling more emotionally and financially free. You end up enjoying what you have and wanting less.
– Dedicate time every day to yourself.
No matter how many things you think you need to get done, you should dedicate time to yourself every day. You should make yourself a priority. You don’t always need to be the last thing on your list and the first person you let down.
And before you come back with arguments, no one’s asking you to carve out hours for self-care every day. You are not “too busy” to spend even one moment on yourself. We make time for what’s important to us and everyone has time for themselves. Even the busiest person on the planet has time to do something for themselves every day.
This could be waking up in the morning before everyone else to read, taking the time to creatively express yourself, or just putting some extra time into your beauty routine, make sure that you’re squeezing yourself into your to-do list every day!
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– Don’t spend all day “connected” to everyone and their sister.
Ugh. Yes, technology is super important in this world. It’s important for so many people’s jobs, including my own, and social media can be a great tool. But that doesn’t mean that we need to spend every waking moment on our phones or laptops, ignoring the things and people who are important to us (think back to the first item on this list).
It’s nice to unplug once in a while. Go somewhere and leave your phone at home. Go somewhere and fight the urge to spend the whole time hidden behind your camera. Sometimes it’s nice to spend some time on the things and people around us instead of what’s on our phone screens. It’s also a great way to fit some mindfulness into our daily lives.
– Think about your social circle.
We’re (mostly) social creatures. We all like having, at the very least, that one person who’s always there. The person who makes us laugh, who challenges us, or who just “gets” us. But that doesn’t mean that we should just spend our entire lives with whoever happens to be around.
If your social circle is bringing you down, it’s time to declutter it. If certain people are chronically negative or they’re stunting your growth, it’s best to cut ties. If you don’t, sooner or later you’ll end up chronically negative and stagnant. It can be hard, but wouldn’t you rather be with people who uplift you, help you grow, and just plain make you happy?
– Nourish your mind, body, and soul.
Keeping healthy in mind, body, and soul will make life much more simple. I mean, if you’re feeling stressed, sick, and exhausted, how can you truly be present or focused? Feeling like crap all of the time will just bring you down and keep you from enjoying the things that matter most.
So make sure that you’re constantly challenging yourself and taking care of your mind. Make sure that you’re staying healthy by exercising, drinking plenty of fluids, and practicing self-care. Finally, make sure that you’re taking care of your soul too by spending time creatively expressing yourself, spending time in nature, meditating, and/or (if you’re religious) spend time growing in your faith.
– Declutter your life.
Of course, decluttering our lives will naturally help us simplify our lives. Going through all areas of our lives and getting rid of what we don’t need can remove the major stress from our lives and free up time for everything that’s important to us. If you’d like tips on how to declutter everything from your home to your finances, check out this post right here!