Ways I Try to Simplify My Life

Life can become hectic pretty quickly. Between work and personal obligations, there’s a lot of stuff going on at once. I was getting overwhelmed and stressed and realized I needed to make my life a little easier, so I decided to work on it by doing a few things like:

Starting My Day With Peace

I’ve talked about my simple morning routine before that helps me reduce stress, but it is worth mentioning again. My morning sets the tone for the rest of my day so it’s really important that it starts on a good note. Whatever your morning looks like, the idea is that you stay consistent with a routine to make it more streamlined. I lay my clothes out for both my workout, and work the night before so I’m not scrambling in the morning. I leave my keys in the same place everyday for the same reason. The idea is that I create little habits that over time, make my life more simple. Removing the many little decisions out of my mornings has helped me feel more peaceful and less rushed before I start my day.

Just Doing 3 Things

I have a never ending to-do list and looking at it first thing in the mornings used to just make me feel overwhelmed. “How am I supposed to get this all done?” I’d ask myself and get stressed out and then procrastinate everything on the list. Instead, now I pick only 3 things I want to accomplish for the day, prioritize them, then complete them. This way I feel less stressed, get small wins throughout and feel more accomplished at the end of the day.

Doing One Task at a Time

This ties into the above point of minimizing my tasks. Doing just one task at a time instead of trying to multitask has helped me start and finish projects more efficiently. I’m no longer in the midst of several unfinished projects. Instead, I do one thing at a time with no distractions and again, I get that awesome feeling of accomplishment which gives a boost to my esteem. Although it takes some getting used to, try it out and tell me how it goes for you.

Creating a Distraction Free Space

Here is where I get all my work done – a small, bare corner of my apartment that allows for zero distractions. No people, pets or phones allowed. To prevent myself from wasting time on social media and mindless web browsing, I also use a web blocker so I can only focus on the task at hand. This has been a huge game changer for me as I struggle quite a bit with procrastination. Make it your little sanctuary that makes you feel more comfortable and at ease.

Eliminating Commitments

I enjoy my own company a lot, especially since I don’t have to get dressed to hang out with myself. If I don’t feel like going out  – I won’t, because if I end up forcing myself, no one will be happy. I’ll just be out with a bad attitude and it would defeat the purpose of going out in the first place. I’ve learned when to say no and it’s made both me and the other person a lot happier. Don’t force yourself to do things you don’t want to just to please other people.

Waiting 30 Days Before Buying 

This one rule helps me eliminate a lot of unnecessary purchases. If I see an item I really want, I just wait 30 days to purchase it and see if I really want it. By then, I don’t really care about it and end up just moving on. Simple.

Limiting My Colour  Choices

This was an easy one for me because I don’t consider myself the most creative or fashion-forward person out there – I’m more of a t-shirt and jeans type of person. I wear black, navy, grey and beige with the odd pop of red or purple. It works well for me and I don’t have to over think or spend a whole lot of money on clothes. I know what works for me and it makes my life much easier when I have fewer choices and everything goes together.

These are just a few things I’m working on to simplify my life. What works for you? Let me know in the comments!

7 thoughts

  1. You are so right! Simplifying and getting on a simple routine is a very good move. Time, energy, money, space is freed up so we can focus on things that are important and get them right.

    So how has been the progress and routine so far? Doing good? 🙂

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    1. Thanks for reading! And yes, it just makes my day that much easier. And the routine is going well! I’ve stuck it out almost 12 weeks now and though I see changes, I was hoping for more lol

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  2. 🙂 Good to hear there is some progress!
    What’s the improvement and what’s the expected outcome?

    E.g. I’m sure if you manage to organize your stuff and reduce buying new stuff, you would have more space to move freely/dance, have a lovely living space, saved quite a lot, reduce the time you spend looking for things in clutter and reduce the amount of time spent cleaning, even help save the environment, If you simplify on your clothing, like many self made billionaires, you have more time to do what is meaningful and important! 🙂 Of course, you may need to have small rewards to look forward to everyday or week! Especially at the start.

    Can you quantify how much time and money you saved everyday? And if there are any issues? Besides waking up at 5 am everyday, which is actually a good thing! (A lot of people will kill to have that 🙂 I’ll explain later)

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    1. The improvement has been that I get ready at least half an hour faster than before – which gives me time to meditate, read or just enjoy my coffee in peace. I was hoping for more sleep but again, I still keep waking up at the same time lol No other issues really, I feel more productive and happier that I can start my day slowly without being in a rush as soon as I wake up. Quantifying how much money I’ve saved is a bit tricky because my clothing budget for example, is minuscule regardless. I do major shopping maybe twice a year, when it gets hot and when it gets cold lol

      How do you start your day? Is anything you do on the list?

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  3. Myself? Simple but well designed clothes, furniture etc, simple schedule. simple heart. Everything owned should be frequently used, and easy to maintain. Space and clutter free is good. I avoid collecting stuff, but gather knowledge, and hopefully wisdom and inspiration. Lesser wants and gratitude, means happy life and purpose. Contributing meaningfully etc means additional happiness 🙂

    It is nice to hear you have now time to meditate, read or enjoy coffee in peace + feel more productive and happier. Most people do far worse than that! With your headstart on everyone else, do you do your planning and complete your goals in the morning as well?

    Not sure if a little physical exercise + a little local volunteer work during the day can help you get better and earlier sleep at night as well. It might be that your current schedule is lighter than what you were used to and hence you feel restless + simple purpose/activity can reduce anxiety (real life experience). Ironical, isn’t it?

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    1. I absolutely agree with your list! And yes, I plan my day first thing in the morning. And you’re right it is ironic. I started looking into a volunteer position as a youth mentor – it’s great way to give back to the community and hopefully get on my feet more, being with a kid and all.

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  4. Good to hear you want to give back to the community! It is also an eye-opener as well, and you will see first hand how lucky you are. Do remember whatever you do, you frequently need detach your feelings a little. Life is not perfect, you can’t please everyone, or get everything perfect.

    Test the waters, so that if losses occur (be it time, effort, feelings or money), pain is small and we survive wiser. Delight in the small victories, bank in your confidence . What’s important is we are growing better everyday. Good luck!

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