Do you want to simplify your life and start living simply? If so, then this post is for you!
There is no need to make everything complicated when it can easily be simplified.
It doesn’t have to be hard, it means cutting out the things that don’t matter and focusing on the things that do.
This post will provide 22 ways that are simple and easy enough for anyone to improve everyday life.
What does it mean to simplify your life?
It means cutting down anything that is unnecessary or brings you stress. Doing the necessary things and doing them well instead of being lazy or putting it off till later.
Planning ahead so there are no unpleasant surprises. Getting rid of physical clutter around the house so it’s neat and there is no awkwardness when having guests over, etc…
Having less to clean and manage so you have time to do things you love or have a passion for.
We only have a certain amount of time in the day and it’s up to you how you allocate that time. For most of us, that generally includes, keeping house, organising kids, working and ‘me’ or ‘family’ time.
Why you should simplify your life
There are many reasons why and it will be different for all of us but some of the common reasons are: removing things that are not adding value or importance in our daily life; being happier and content; having more time and energy; focusing on what really matters most for us and getting things done.
As you will be aware of the days and weeks, months are rapidly passing by, so now is the time to start and don’t forget to take action, follow through and complete your plan.
Basically, there are only four steps to determining what to eliminate from your life:
- Identify what’s most important to you.
- Evaluate your time and commitments.
- Do what you love.
- Eliminate everything else.
22 Ways to Simplify your life
Choose any of the following options and it will assist you in one way or another to get started.
1. Simplify Your Routines
Morning Routine – Eating a nice and healthy breakfast because this one simple task will simplify things like how we feel throughout the day! By starting with a short workout to get the blood flowing and the day started on the right track!
Routines in General – By sticking to a daily routine (make it a non negotiable habit) because this will change how you feel, think, and act for the entire day!
2. Simplify with Minimalism
Minimising the amount of things (material items) we have.
The less we own, the easier it is to maintain and simplify daily tasks such as laundry and cleaning!
Get rid of things that you no longer use or need.
If these items are in good shape, donate them to a shelter or charity.
Remove the unessential things in your life. This means not just the physical things, but also emotional and mental aspects that you can simplify.
You will feel better about yourself and have more time for the things you love.
Get rid of excess clutter or physical items in your life.
Simplify your life by organising your stuff and have a place for everything. This will keep the area neat and tidy and you know where it’s located when you need something.
Stop wasting your time looking for things!
3. Remove Negative People From Your Life
People who bring you down or drain your energy.
It is not worth the headache to keep around people who make you feel bad about yourself.
You are physically and mentally better off without these people, so simplify your life by letting them go.
4. Commit To Meditating Every Day
I think meditation has become popular plus so many benefits associated with it.
It’s something anyone can commit to doing everyday since all you need is yourself; even if it’s only ten minutes each day for starters and I promise you will realise how good it is that you will be committing to more time for doing it.
The point of doing meditation is to simplify your mind and body.
5. Stop Watching TV
Let’s be real, we all watch too much television. I like my You-Tube but I like having a day without it. Before you say that I’m crazy for suggesting you stop watching it entirely (I know, the horror!), try limiting yourself by only allowing yourself to watch one hour a day or less if possible.
This will make such a difference in how productive you feel as well as help simplify your life overall!
6. Never Stop Learning & Read More
While we’re talking about learning new things to simplify our lives; never stop doing it .
Whether it’s searching for new recipes to try or reading books that teach us something, these simple daily tasks can make a world of difference when simplifying matters.
I know how busy most of us are, but reading is one thing that shouldn’t be forgotten about.
One great reason to simplify things in life would be because it makes room for reading and other important activities.
If this isn’t your cup of tea and books aren’t either, try simplifying by listening to more podcasts or audio recordings.
You could even download an app like Audible which has a pretty awesome selection if you want something new to read!
7. Spend Time With Loved Ones
Not everyone is able to travel as much as they’d like during their free time; so why not make the most of the time you do have by doing something fun with those closest to you?
Whether it’s going on a walk or hike, grabbing dinner or even just hanging out; simplify things and make precious memories.
8. Eat More Plant Based Foods
You can simplify your life and eating habits with plant based foods.
You don’t need to be vegan (or vegetarian) if that isn’t what works for you; there are plenty of ways simplify your life by eating less meat/dairy products as well as more vegetables!
Foods containing 70% or more of water are very important and should be included in your daily food intake.
They keep you hydrated and fruit takes the least amount of time to digest.
The benefits will speak for themselves here.
9. Cook More
Learn how to cook at least one new meal a month.
Simplify things by learning how to make meals on our own instead of relying solely on microwavable dinners or takeout options all the time.
Learning something new is always fun anyway, right? Right!
10. Get An Exercise Routine Going
I know exercise can seem like an intimidating thing when you don’t know where to start and maybe not a fan of going to the gym or lifting weights at home, try by taking walks outside.
You can even take this time during your lunch break which will make getting back into work much easier than before!
Make that commitment to yourself. Start with 15 minutes, then add 5 minutes every so often.
Out in nature is great on you, your body and mind.
11. Set Goals
This is one I struggle with myself because I’m always trying different things and playing around in my free time; so why simplify things here?
It’s simple really: set some goals for yourself that won’t be too difficult, yet rewarding once completed.
Whether its completing an entire tutorial series on YouTube or finally writing that blog post you’ve been thinking about for weeks now; simplify matters and get something done!
12. Spend Time In Nature
Simplify your life and spend more time in nature. If you’re like me and enjoy working from home, this will be a bit of a challenge.
You might look outside at the beautiful world around you and wish that it were easier to just go out there; simplify things by taking walks on trails or even sitting outside during lunch break (if possible).
Spending some time away from work is important for everyone’s mental health.
13. Don’t Over Complicate Things
Do not simplify things by trying to do too much or expecting too much from yourself or other people.
Don’t over complicate conversations, arguments, things said to you, etc. If you’re not sure of what that person has said, clarify it there and then when you’re in the situation. Make sure you don’t misunderstand and take things the wrong way.
14. Pay Off Your Debt
Paying off any credit card bills or loans that you have.
This one might be tough to do, but once it’s done; simplify matters by putting anything extra into savings. You can even simplify things further and try living without a car for awhile so long as there are reliable public transportation options in place where you live!
Set up an auto bill pay plan if possible. By setting up an automatic payment from your checking account every month so there is no need to worry about forgetting anything.
Do what works best for you!
Start a Savings Plan.
Set up an automatic payment from your wages start with $20 each pay.
Make sure it goes in a saving account and unable the internet setting so it’s invisible. You know it’s there but it will be only accumulating funds.
Don’t touch it until an emergency comes up and you absolutely, positively need to!
15. Your Negative Thoughts
Simplify your life by limiting the amount of negative thoughts you have.
Instead, simplify things and focus on being more positive because this will affect everything in a positive way!
16. Limit Yourself with Technology
By limiting what technologies are turned on throughout the home when not in use (or using them less overall).
This is to simplify matters during the evening when everyone needs some good old-fashioned family time without distractions around.
Get in tune with yourself and give the worldly influences time out.
17. Make A List Of Things To Do
Make a list so there’s no need to worry about forgetting anything! It might be tough at first, but once this becomes habit, it’ll simplify matters throughout each day.
18. Just say “No”
Simplify your life by saying “no” when you need to (even though its easier said than done)!
Set boundaries, it is okay if other people don’t like it;
Simplicity follows after we refuse to take on more work or responsibilities that don’t actually benefit us in any way, shape, or form; so simplify things and stick with what really makes a difference because anything else won’t make much of an impact at all!
19. Do One Thing At A Time
Doing only one thing at a time and concentrating on the job at hand, is being in the NOW.
Instead of multitasking which increases stress levels tremendously and lowers productivity as well. If you are feeling overwhelmed, simplify what needs to be done by focusing on one task at a time instead of trying to do everything all at once.
If your can delegate tasks to other people, do so. If you are feeling overwhelmed because it is okay not to be able to do everything yourself especially when there is a chance you can hire or outsource some of the work.
20. Take A Break
If you are feeling overwhelmed, stressed, or tired, your body is talking to you.
Your body is saying “I need rest” so rest, do things a bit slower or have an early night. If you don’t, the body will take over and will put you to rest mode either my giving you less energy, getting sick or worse things.
Remember your body can destroy things and repair things but at a the end of the day, you must listen to it.
21. Don’t Worry or Stress
Don’t let other people stress you out or take up too much time. You simplify your life when you choose not to let others take advantage of you.
Don’t worry about things that are out of your control. You simplify your life when you don’t stress about things that aren’t in your control.
Make sure at the end of your busy days to just relax, think of nothing and enjoy some stillness.
Let life flow, go with wave, up and down, one big long ride riding the waves of life.
22. Be Happy and Content
Whatever that is for you, simply your life so that can happen.
We all think we need lots of money, big this, big that, and in doing so we make ourselves stuck in a position of just wanting material thing and get into debt for it.
But I’m sure what you really longing for is freedom!
After all, if we can walk, see, talk, hear, what else do we really need?
There are many ways to do this but most importantly just do something every day towards simplifying yourself whether that spending 15 minutes tidying up or planning out what you need to do the next day. It all counts.
Remember that simplifying your life doesn’t mean just leaving things open ended but making sure you have done everything before moving on, finishing one thing completely so it can be taken off of your plate etc…
Life is busy enough without having extra stressors coming at us from every side!
Simplify yours by putting these 22 ways into practice and figuring out which ones work best for you!
Make sure to share the article with others who could benefit from these tips!
Even if you’re not currently struggling to simplify your life, reading through this list may give you some ideas on where to go next in order for things get easier.
Start by committing to these small changes that will have big effects on the quality of your daily life. You may find it helpful to keep this list handy as an ongoing resource! Which 3 things did you commit too?