The simple life. What does it mean to you? To me, it just means having everything in its place and knowing how things are going to go. It means having a to-do list that’s not too complicated, and a home for everything. When you’re busy, it’s difficult to live a simple life, it’s easy to drop things by the door, stop tracking your to-do list, and let things pile up.
It’s human nature to embrace a bit of chaos, but if you’re feeling like too much is piling up on your plate, you need to simplify your life. It’s easier than it sounds, too. It’s not just about the minimalistic life, it’s about making a decision to stop overthinking, to cut the things out of your life that you don’t need, to eat well, to sleep well, to enjoy the little things.
And once you decide what you don’t need and no longer give it space in your life, you’ll feel freer, happier, and ready to get sh*t done!
1. Keep a written log of everything you do
Your life is likely to become busy and cluttered if you don’t keep track of it. And when things pile up, it’s easy to stop keeping track, but to simplify your life you NEED to start writing it down. You need to remember all your notes and the things floating around in your head, you need to keep a record of what you’re reading, eating, and doing so you can decide where you can make some cuts. Remember perfect is the enemy of good, you’re doing a good job already and to simplify your life and make you happier, all you have to do is put pen to paper.
The Getting Stuff Done planner will give you the mental clarity to achieve a simple life. You can write down your personal notes, keep appointments for yourself, track what you’ve eaten, and keep it all as simple as possible. Cut out the noise from the outside world by writing down simply what you’ve done and what you want to achieve.
2. Minimalize everything
Remember the season of the minimalist? Everyone was decluttering their wardrobes and trying to live with five outfits per week in rotation. It was a great concept, but it gets thrown to the side when a holiday pops up, when giving, receiving, and filling your home makes you feel transformed and cozy. Simplicity doesn’t stick around for long when it comes to your home. If you want to simplify your life it’s time to do it in a sustainable way.
For example, the juicer that lives in your cabinet and has never been used (just me, then?) can probably go to a better home. All those clothes you save that you might just squeeze into one day can also go to a better home. If you ever need a juicer or clothes you haven’t worn for years, you can always buy them. But the things that take up space in your home, also take up space in your mind. When things are cluttered at home, they bleed into your life. And actually, taking one hour to sort through your wardrobe, or the cupboard under the stairs, will be a therapeutic and transformative experience. You’ll feel lighter, brighter, and that life is simpler once you start to give things away.
3. Simplify your expectations
Often, our own expectations of life and relationships can make life more complicated than it needs to be. Simplify your expectations, remember that everybody is busy and try to be positive no matter what life throws at you. For example, once you get rid of the things you’ve been holding onto about the past, you’ll be able to move on into the future and live a simpler life. If your friend let you down and you’re cautious to rely on her, simplify life by letting go of the negative expectations and learn to love your friends no matter what their flaws are.
This also works in a less negative way, if you simplify your expectations of yourself, you’ll feel happier and more productive. We often hold ourselves to such high expectations, when you let them go, you’ll feel AMAZING!
4. Review every week
Sunday is a great day for reviewing your life and how you can make it simpler. One easy way to simplify everything would be to see the things you can cut out of your life every week. Make a little list of three things you can subtract from your life every week and cut them out without thinking too hard about it. This can be anything you want. If you can’t think of five reasons to keep something in your life, you can safely get rid of it. That’s a good rule to live by if you’re trying to simplify everything. And, it’ll come in handy as the years go by.
5. Cut the mental clutter from your life
Mental clutter includes things you need to remember, parties you’re planning, worries you have, negative self-talk, obsessions, gratitude, books you want to read, films you want to see, places you want to go…the list goes on. Everything you carry around in your mind all day every day will make your life so much more complex than it needs to be. This is why you need a scratch pad if you don’t have one you do not know what you’re missing out on. The chance to think clearly and have your brain free of all that noise!
I use the Make It Happen notebook for this. It’s the perfect size to carry around with me, so whenever something pops into my head I can write it on my scratch pad. I use both pages, so the left-hand side of the notebook is for all those random thoughts and worries, the right-hand side is for things I can’t afford to forget. Then every morning I write a journal, pouring out all my fears, thoughts, worries, wishes, and dreams. It makes such a difference to my life and the way I think about everything. If you need a boost of positivity, creativity, or simplicity, this is the best thing you’ll ever try.
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