Simplify your life

Easy Ways to Simplify Your Life

You can simplify your life by making a few easy changes in your day to day living.

Living simply means making time for yourself in a hectic world.  You clear out what is superfluous and make room for a life of passion, depth, and joy.  People are becoming more and more stressed out from the pace of modern day living and increasingly concerned about the price of our over-consumption of the planet’s resources.

Pursuing a Life of Simplicity

Simplicity as a life-style is the identifiable difference between needs and wants, and the awareness of the cost in terms of our life force energy and our willingness to pay the price. It means identifying the difference between our needs and our wants.  Needs are those things that are necessary for our survival – food, clothing, and shelter.  Wants are all the other things we desire and to a large extent are driven by media advertising. 

It has been said that life is more than long enough, as long as you’re not wasting time. Don’t waste time by complicating your life more than it needs to be.

Create a simpler life with these easy techniques:

Know your priorities.

What do you want to accomplish with your life? Who and what are most important to you? What are your goals? If you understand your priorities, it’s easier to simplify your life, because you know what matters and what doesn’t.

This includes identifying your daily priorities each day. Life is simpler when you know exactly what you want to get done each day. Make a list each evening for the next day and try to stick to it.

Meditate on a Bible verse every day

One of the great benefits of meditation is the clarity it provides. The things, activities, and people in your life that matter will become more apparent. Everything else is just habit and noise.

Start at home.

Go from room to room and consider everything. What do you not use? What do you not need? If you don’t use, need, or love it, strongly think about getting rid of it.

Track your activity for one weekday and one weekend day.

Record how you spend your time each hour. For example, at 9:00 am you might write: 8:00-9:00: 15 minutes answering email. 15 minutes surfing the internet. 30 minutes driving to work.

Do that for the whole day and tabulate how you spent your time. You’ll likely see a few activities that are taking up your time without providing much value to your life. Be ruthless in controlling these time-wasters.

Assess your commitments

Compare your regular activities and commitments to your list of priorities and goals. If a commitment doesn’t help you accomplish what’s most important to you, consider quitting.

Create routines

Routines are just a series of habits. You can have a routine for cleaning the kitchen or completing a report at work. Routines simplify the amount of thinking you have to do. You can include a morning and evening routine for yourself, a yard work routine, an after-school routine for children, or an exercise routine

Don’t be afraid to say “no.”

Before adding new commitments to your life, remember to review your priorities and goals. Be willing to decline any offers that complicate your life unnecessarily. Be brave and tell a few people “no.” It will do wonders for your self-esteem and support simplifying your life.

Practical steps to simplifying your life

Reuse paper bags, envelopes, newspapers, etc.  Newspapers and shredded paper make excellent mulch in the garden.  The mulch will break down over a period of time and add humus to the soil. 

Grow your own food or buy as much as possible from local growers.

Use non-toxic products such as borax, vinegar, baking soda, lemon, and salt in your home, yard, and garden. 

Before you buy something, write the item down on a note and if you still want it after a month, purchase it then.

Go Organic.  Organic gardening is not only about the avoidance of chemicals, but in the larger picture, it is organic living using Nature’s laws.

Give yourself the gift of freedom and simplify your life. Once you’ve completed the process, repeat it again every few months. The first round will produce a lot of benefits, but you can simplify your life even further.

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