4 proven ways to simplify your life right now.
We all want to live a happier life and become the best version of ourselves, right? And what better way to do that than taking care of yourself by simplifying your life as much as possible.
Simplifying your day to day life can help reduce overwhelm, stress and anxiety. It brings clarity and focus to what’s truly important to you, rather than finding yourself wandering around aimlessly (figuratively speaking).
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Simplifying our schedule and our home (and everything else that needs to be simplified in our life) gives us purpose and direction to achieve the goals we want to achieve. What do you see for yourself in the next week, month, year and maybe 10-20 years down the track?
How productive do you want to be? What do you want to achieve in your personal and professional life? For your family, your children?
Why we need to simplify
Most of the time, it’s easier to have this intention to simplify everything but never end up getting around to actually doing it. Too often, there are so many things we intend on achieving but it’s left to the wayside because we don’t have time or energy to make those things happen.
Instead, we spend time organizing stuff we don’t need or use. We spend a whole lot of energy taking care of “to do lists” that we didn’t need to write up in the first place. Or saying yes to every request or demand that comes our way whether it be from family, friends or work.
Our schedule is full, and we’re “busy” but at the end of the week, we are not quite sure where the time went or what we even achieved.
Well, here’s the thing. If you find yourself caught up in a stressful, complicated lifestyle, you can take small steps every day to simplify your lifestyle.
Let’s start with your schedule or your “to do list”. It’s time to really clarify what you absolutely need to do. Formulate and journal (actually write down) your big ticket goals and even dreams. Then ask yourself what smaller goals you need to achieve to get there.
Now look at your schedule, and ask yourself how does that match up to what you want to achieve? Clear up your schedule as necessary, and rinse and repeat.
This is also where you need to evaluate how much of your schedule is from saying yes to too much. Not many of us like to do it, but saying no from time to time is super healthy.
You need to know when to say no. If you want to simplify your life, you can’t take everything on your shoulders. Yes, help out those that need it, but have boundaries set in place to protect your time and sanity.
The next best thing you can simplify is your home – the space in which you spend a whole lot of time! Now, you may be a super organized, neat and tidy person who only keeps what they need – a minimalist at best. If that’s you, then you’re probably enjoying the benefits of having a clutter-free home already.
But if you’re like most of us, then you probably just try to clean your house once a week and mostly attempt to camouflage the chaos in the best way you possibly can (hey, no judgement) and make plans to declutter one day.
Decluttering is a great way to simplify your life and create room for what matters to you. The time invested in removing clutter is well worth the effort once you see the result and live in the now well-organized, simple and tidy home. Basically, a home that only houses what you truly love! Such an amazing feeling right?
The Minimalistic Approach
Simplifying your life calls for some minimalistic approach especially when it comes down to decluttering your home. Minimalism is really about keeping what you absolutely need and love, and getting rid of the rest. Less is more!
At first, it might seem like we need or love everything that’s in our house because we are so reluctant to part with things we have accumulated over time.
Obviously, it depends on the person and how much of a hoarder they may be, but if you’re like me you might find it difficult to make the decision to let go sometimes.
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Though it may seem like everything has to stay, if you are honest with yourself and really ask yourself if you still use it, need it or really love it, you will no doubt find ways to simplify your home and life.
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I suggest doing this systematically by focusing on one room or area of the house. One day, you might put your effort into decluttering that wardrobe that contains 20% of what you actually wear and 80% of “one day I might need it” pieces. I reckon a lot of us are good at hoarding clothes.
We have clothes we keep to be worn when we shed off a few kilos, or when the colors or styles come back on trend. We like to keep things in our closet just because we think we will one day need to wear it.
But let’s be honest, if you haven’t worn it in the last 6 months picking out piece of clothing and item in your household, you will find that there’s plenty of clutter that needs to be thrown out, donated or sold.
Focus on your “why?”
When decluttering and re-organizing, it helps to know and focus on your “why?”
Why are you decluttering and sorting through these items and pieces? It could be any number of reasons. But most of us want less chaos and clutter and more aesthetic and literal calmness in our home. We want more space and clarity of mind. We want to come home and spend our day in a home that is filled with the things we love not just whole of stuff that we don’t value. So, what are you waiting for?
One of the greatest stressors that you may have to deal with is budgeting and basically, everything related to finance. Organizing your finances in such a way that it makes it easier for you to save money.
You want to do this so that you can essentially tell your money where to go instead of wondering where your money went when it’s too late.
There are so many ways to organize your finances and budget the right way. It all depends on what works for you and your current situation.
Decluttering your finances
You can use handy personal finance apps like Goodbudget to help you budget and ‘declutter’ your finances. Having clear financial goals and a plan will give you focus and clarity, and simplify your life in a big way.
You hopefully won’t be stressed because of financial issues like debt, overspending and even forgetting to pay your bills. It also helps to get into automating your payments, which will save you time and the hassle of keeping up with bills and fees.
But most importantly, it will give you a chance to take care of paying for the essentials and putting money away into savings or emergency fund before you spend your income on non-essentials.
Your Fitness Routine
I love keeping fit and healthy, and I truly believe that’s a huge part of what makes me a happy person. But at the same time, I don’t believe I need to spend hours working out whether that’s spent on commuting or exercising.
Simplifying my exercise plan and getting it done in the most effective way and in the shortest time possible gives me time to focus on other aspects of my life.
By being intentional about saving time on exercise, it also helps you avoid the all-time popular excuse of “not having enough time” to exercise.
So I tend to make it a habit to plan for my workout sessions and make sure my methods are not too time-consuming. Because let’s face it, saving any amount of time even if it’s an hour or two is worth it.
That time can be used to spend time with your spouse or children, or even to wind down and enjoy time alone.
In light of this, I have found working out at home saves me time (and money), and makes it more convenient to fit it in my day, which simplifies my life. Here are some ideas of how you can workout at home.
Now I’ve used many different types of workouts and programs to achieve my fitness and weight goals over time. Mostly though, I’ve been a gym junkie and my preferred workouts are crossfit style, high-intensity interval training (HIIT) and various fitness group classes. So when it comes to exercising at home, I find the best way to save time is taking up [easyazon_link keywords=”home-based DVD workout” locale=”US” tag=”happyniftylif-20″]home-based DVD workout[/easyazon_link]a .
After I had my first baby, I wanted to trim down and tone up but I wasn’t sure I wanted to go to the gym yet. I had way too much on my plate and joining the gym again didn’t seem like the thing for me at the time.
Workout at Home & Save Time (and Money)
So about 3 months postpartum, I decided to purchase the [easyazon_link identifier=”B002QZ1RS6″ locale=”US” tag=”happyniftylif-20″]INSANITY DVD Workout[/easyazon_link]. If you (somehow) haven’t heard of it, [easyazon_link identifier=”B002QZ1RS6″ locale=”US” tag=”happyniftylif-20″]INSANITY [/easyazon_link] is a fairly intense but effective 60-day workout program led by fitness instructor Shaun T.
It includes various amazing max interval workouts such as plyometrics, cardio, upper body resistance and ab workouts.
The program is structured really well to give you rest days and includes a healthy recipe book to boot! Although it’s designed to be an intense workout program, all the workout routines can be easily modified (and they always have someone demonstrating that in each DVD).
My fitness level skyrocketed and I shed off post-baby weight after completing the 60 days. Mostly, I felt great about working out at home and being able to keep fit and healthy, while staying close to my new bub.
Now, usually, if there is one thing I don’t like about most workout-at-home DVDs, it’s the fact that a lot of them are not motivating enough. Either that or they are full of exercises that don’t do much to improve fitness levels and don’t help you achieve your weight or fitness goals.
Mostly that can be attributed to the instructor and whether they’re good at motivating and inspiring you to keep going.
It’s about how they instruct, words they use, and how good they are at keeping their participants engaged in the program day after day.
Sadly, most recorded workout programs don’t have these kinds of instructors. So that’s another thing I loved about INSANITY.
It really simplified my life (and kept me improving my fitness and overall health) as a new mom. If you’re after a home-based workout program that will keep you focused but is not time-consuming, I recommend you check out Insanity. You can get it here.
Now, I know I said “4 ways to simplify your life,” but I can’t resist adding this point because it’s so important to simplify your life. I have to give mention to relationships since it seems to be the most overlooked area of life yet it takes up so much ground in our life.
I believe relationships can make or break you – it can change your life for better or worse. It’s so easy to overlook how a relationship affects our health and wellbeing.
I’m sure you know that a relationship that’s not positive and loving can very much complicate our lives. Constant fights and tension would bring anyone down. Before you know it, it’s all you think about and stress over.
Though there are plenty of things you could (and should) invest your energy and time toward accomplishing for your life, you may find it difficult to focus and achieve those things. So, whether we’re talking about the relationship with your partner, parents, children or friends, it is so worth paying attention to how we can nurture those relationships.
And sometimes, it’s beyond nurturing those relationships. It is about recognizing the boundaries that need to be set, those harmful behaviours that need to be dealt with (or resolved) and even making the tough decision to move on, if necessary.
Give yourself permission to be happy and fulfilled in your relationships by nurturing them and tweaking those friendships if required.
Well, these are the main ways I have found easiest to simplify my life. But there are plenty more which I will save for next time, otherwise, this post will be ridiculously long.
So, it’s your turn. What have you found to be the most important to you in simplifying your life?
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