There are numerous benefits in simplifying your life. You will have more time to spend with friends and family, there will be less stress in your life, you will be able to spend additional time on your favorite hobby… and overall, there will be more joy and happiness in your life.
Contrary to what most people think, simplifying your life isn’t really that complicated, it is actually quite easy, you only have to take a few simple steps.
Here are 10 simple things you can do immediately to simplify your life and to render it more enjoyable:
#1: Turn off your cell phone
Once work is finished and you want to spend some quality time with your family, simply turn off your cell phone.
#2: Stop multi-tasking
Although, it may seem like you move on quicker if you work on several tasks in parallel, research has shown that it is actually more beneficial to focus only on one single task at a time. On top of that, it will allow you to greatly simplify your life.
#3: Throw away old stuff you no longer need
Clean out your garage, wardrobe, toolbox… and throw away or give away stuff you no longer need. If you didn’t use an object for at least 5 years, there is a good chance that you will never use it again.
#4: Ask for help
You can’t do everything in life on your own, so don’t be shy and don’t feel embarrassed to ask for help. Why would you want to complicate your life unnecessarily trying to figure out everything on your own if there are other people who already solved those problems and are willing to help you?
#5: Slow down and relax
Life isn’t a race and you will be happier and more successful if you slow down and relax every now and then. Life isn’t only simpler and more enjoyable if you take some time to relax, but typically you will also have your best ideas when you find yourself in a relaxed state.
#6: Enjoy the simple things in your life
You don’t need a sports car and a big villa to be happy and to enjoy your life. True happiness is found in simple things, like holding someone’s hand you love, taking a walk in the park, enjoying the beautiful sunset…
#7: Stop doing what you are not passionate about
Life is too short and precious to waste it with activities you don’t like and you are not passionate about. If you are not passionate about your job, I recommend you start looking for something you are more interested in. I’m not saying you should resign tomorrow, but at least get a clear idea what you really want to do and start looking for something else.
#8: Stop trying to be perfect
Trying to be perfect in everything you do adds a lot of stress to your life. Simplify your life by doing most of your tasks just good enough. If you have to do the same things over and over again, try to improve each time and ultimately you will reach perfection in a more natural and playful way.
#9: Laugh about your mistakes
Learn from your mistakes and avoid repeating them in the future, but don’t take them too serious. We all make mistakes and that’s absolutely normal, actually that’s the way we learn and grow.
#10: Spend less time on social media websites
Initially it may be fun, but the more time you spend on those social media sites, the more complicated your life will become. You still need to take care of your children, you still need to work, you still need to cook and probably lots of other things. However, if you spend 3 hours a day on Facebook, it is going to be quite complicated to fulfill all your other responsibilities.
by Robert Spadinger
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