“Purity and simplicity are the two wings with which man soars above the earth and all temporary nature.” —Thomas à Kempis
Simplifying your life will bring balance, freedom, and joy. When we begin to live simply and experience these benefits, we begin to ask the next question, “Where else in my life can I remove distraction and simplify life to focus on the essentials?”
Once we’re able to answer that, we will understand what is important in our own lives.
How to Simplify Your Life
Based on our personal journey, our conversations, and our observations, here is a list of the 10 most important things to simplify in your life today to begin living a more balanced, joyful lifestyle:
1. Your Possessions – Too many material possessions complicate our lives to a greater degree than we ever give them credit. They drain our bank account, our energy, and our attention. They keep us from the ones we love and from living a life based on our values.
If you will invest the time to declutter the non-essential possessions from your life, you will never regret it. For more inspiration, consider Simplify: 7 Guiding Principles to Help Anyone Declutter Their Home and Life.
2. Your Time Commitments – Most of us have filled our days full from beginning to end with time commitments: work, home, kid’s activities, community events, religious endeavors, hobbies… the list goes on. When possible, release yourself from the time commitments that are not in line with your greatest values.
3. Your Goals – Reduce the number of goals you are striving for in your life to one or two. By reducing the number of goals that you are striving to accomplish, you will improve your focus and your success rate.
Make a list of the things that you want to accomplish in your life and choose the three most important. Focus there.
4. Your Negative Thoughts – Most negative emotions are completely useless. Resentment, bitterness, hate, and jealousy have never improved the quality of life for a single human being. Take responsibility for your mind. Forgive past hurts and replace negative thoughts with positive ones.
5. Your Debt – If
Find the help that you need and learn how to get out of debt. Sacrifice luxury today to enjoy freedom tomorrow.
6. Your Words – Use fewer words. Keep your speech plain and honest. Mean what you say. Avoid gossip.
7. Your Artificial Ingredients – Avoid trans fats, refined grain (white bread), high-fructose corn syrup, and too much sodium. Minimizing these ingredients will improve your energy level in the short-term and your health in the long-term.
Also, as much as possible, reduce your consumption of over-the-counter medicine – allow your body to heal itself naturally as opposed to building a dependency on substances.
8. Your Screen Time – Focusing your attention on television, movies, video games, and technology addiction affects your life more than you think. Media rearranges your values. It begins to dominate your life. And it has a profound impact on your attitude and outlook.
Unfortunately, when you live in that world on a consistent basis, you don’t even notice how it is impacting you. The only way to fully appreciate its influence in your life is to turn them off.
9. Your Connections to the World – Relationships with others are good, but constant streams of distraction are bad. Learn when to power off the phone, log off social media, or not read a text. Focus on the important, not the urgent.
A steady flow of distractions from other people may make us feel important, needed, or wanted, but feeling important and accomplishing importance are completely different things.
10. Your Multi-Tasking – Research indicates that multi-tasking increases stress and lowers productivity. While single-tasking is becoming a lost art, learn it. Handle one task at a time. Do it well. And when it is complete, move to the next.
Simplifying your life is a core aspect of minimalism. To learn more about this lifestyle, visit this primer on minimalism.
Eddie Rogers says
Everyone wants to multi-task, to me that means doing 2 things half assed. You may be able to do more than one thing but I don’t think you work to full potential on both. Just my thoughts.
Sandi Percell says
It isn’t just the transfats that are a major problem. Dr. Chris Knobbe shows how industrial seed oils are at the root cause of most diseases of modern civilization. At the beginning of the last century, only two out of onehundredthousand Americans were diabetic. Today it is thirteenthousand out of onehundredthousand. At the beginning of the last century, there were only four worldwide accounts of heart attacks. Today it is the leading cause of death. Watch his YT vid “Dr. Chris Knobbe – ‘Diseases of Civilization: Are Seed Oil Excesses the Unifying Mechanism?’
Another good one is toxic oil by Ian Gillespie
Thanks for sharing this great information!
Jual Souvenir Perusahaan says
Awesome. Thank you for your article.
April Sumner says
Wow! “feeling important and accomplishing importance are completely different things.” I haven’t heard it stated that way, quite the insight!
I thank you for this post. I’ve implemented nearly all of these already, but addressing the feeling above and training myself to focus tightly on 1-2 areas/goals stand out for me. What a great day (8-8) for me to change in these areas!
Maria Pinto says
Along with steps 2, 3, & 9, a lot of these issues also have to do with boundaries. I came upon a great book from the library titled
“Boundary Boss, The Essential Guide to Talk True, Be Seen,
and (Finally) Live Free.” by Terri Cole MSW LCSW.
A lot of us (including myself) do not know or understand from an early age that we have the right to know about & set healthy boundaries. The book is a real eye opener about internal and external boundaries, and I highly recommend it.
Thanks for the book suggestion.
Mansab Ali Shah says
#1, #4 and #8 are soo true. If my personal experience taught me anything, it’s that these three grip you absolutely tight. It’s difficult to get freedom, but it’s quiet an experience if you manage to do so.
Thank you, your remarks are exactly what I needed to have you share. Like a prayer,