10 Things to Simplify in your Life
If you’re like most people, you’re tired of the rat race. The good news is that there are a million different ways to quickly improve your life experience! Here are 10 things you can do to simplify your life today.
He who is contended is rich. – Lao Tzu
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Our lives have become so complex that there is very little room for us to pursue our passions and experience the life we were meant to live. Complexity causes stress, anxiety, worry and robs us of our money and our health. Simplicity on the other hand gives us balance, contentment, and true freedom to live as we choose.
It is important to recognize that all of this chaos in our lives is a choice. It may not feel that way, but everything from how we train to how we spend our money is a choice. In order to maximize your life and your free time, consider simplifying some of the following areas outlined below.
1. Your Debt
Too many bills and mounting debt complicate our financial lives and make us indentured servants to our debt masters. When we live by our debt we are forced to make decisions around how to continue making our payments without destroying our credit scores. I put this as number 1 because eliminating debt should be in the top 3 priorities in your life. You will never experience true freedom and will have to work a job you hate if you don’t. Get rid of your debt and all of life’s opportunities will open to you.
2. Your Fitness
Complex workout systems that require obsessive compulsive monitoring of one’s activity level are one the main reasons far too many people quit working out. Working out should be fun and enhance your life, not take away from it. Simplifing your workouts will help keep you on track with your progress. Also, scheduling your workouts for the same days and time each week will help keep it a routine part of your life.
3. Your Diet
There are thousands of diet gurus and books promising miracle cures; however, most are too restrictive to stick to long term. Avoiding processed foods, sugary drinks, bread, pasta, and rice and you will avoid eating 90% of the foods that keep you from maintaining a healthy weight.
4. Your Commitments
Our culture has become obsessed with development and achievement. So much so that we over schedule ourselves and our children. But why? 99% percent of kids do not go professional in sports, art or music, so why fill every moment of their childhood going from activity to activity? Same goes for going out with friends for beers. We can’t say yes to everything. There is power in saying NO and limiting when and where you need to be everyday.
5. Your Possessions
Too many possessions complicate our lives and rob us of our money. Possessions take up valuable space in our homes and need to be constantly cleaned, sorted and cared for. Remove all of the unnecessary THINGS in your life and you will be happy you did. But, don’t buy more crap or you will end up where you stared…cluttered and broke.
6. Your Goals
Reduce the number of goals you have and you will achieve far more in the long run. Focus on one thing at a time and take action.
7. Your Work
Similar to number 6, forget multi-tasking and focus on one thing at a time. If you make an intention to get one major thing completed each day, you will have completed 30 major tasks by the end of the month. This is incredible for limiting stress. Doing too many things at once is a recipe for stress and a killer to productivity. You can apply this same principle to your fitness also. Set a single goal each day and the little accomplishments will add up. Today I’m going to work on mobility, tomorrow strength, etc.
8. Your Screen Time
Unplug from the matrix once in a while. Even set aside time to turn off all of your devices. The blue light has been shown to disrupt sleep patterns and a good portion of the time online is wasted simply scrolling through the news feed. Plus, the internet is full of hate, negative news, and other crap that should go in your brain. If you wouldn’t eat bad food, why put negative information in your brain. Good in; good out.
9. Your Social Life
We all have people in our lives that are emotional vampires. You know who I’m talking about. They want to let you know they are better than you; are always negative; don’t support anything you do; or criticize and put you down any chance they get. Terminate these people from your lives. Surround yourself with people who share your goals, build you up, and help you live the life you want. You can care about everyone; you just don’t have to hangout with them.
10. Your Family and Friends
Unlike the other areas where you should cut back or simplify things, this item is more about abundance. If your friends and family are the ones mentioned above, then ignore this item. But if they aren’t one of your “emotional vampires”, then surround yourself with your friends and family as often as possible. Life is about sharing as many moments as possible with the ones we love. Hang out, drink beer, tell stories, and forget the chaos of the world.
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