4 Easy Ways to Simplify Your Life

As society advances, our lives get more and more complicated. It can be stressful and difficult to keep up with all those numerous demands. A few quick tweaks to the way you live can limit that feeling of being overwhelmed and over-stretched. Here are some ways to get started.

1. Start with Your Possessions

Most people have a tendency to hoard unnecessary items. One of the most cleansing tasks you can assign yourself is to purge your home of things you don’t need. Of course, you should never overload yourself trying to simplify your life.

Start with a single room. From there slowly work your way through your home, sorting items into donations, trash, and things you need to keep. Don’t rush yourself. This process is about creating a more relaxing, stress-free atmosphere.

2. Limit Your Time Commitments

This is not to say you should stop attending events and activities; interaction and having a social life is still very important. But you should take some time to identify activities that don’t truly matter. Is there anything you’re doing solely to please someone else? Eliminate it. There’s no point in cramming your schedule with activities that aren’t important to you. Reflect on why you attend every time commitment and consider if it is worth cluttering your schedule.

You may also want to take your commitments and consider a more efficient method. For example, instead of planning complicated, expensive family reunions, keep up with your relatives via video chats. These are easier to schedule and take less time while allowing you to maintain family bonds.

3. Create a Plan to Reduce Your Debt

A myriad of monthly payments is not an ideal component to a peaceful, simple life. Take a day to sit down and sketch out a plan to tackle your debts. Project when you will have them paid off and you can look forward to gaining the peace of mind that comes with being debt-free. As you chisel at your existing debt, free yourself of unneeded credit cards.

As you work to eliminate your debt, ensure that you are not continuing to add to it. If you’re continuing to charge items (particularly items that aren’t essential) to your already-high credit card debt, you’ll just perpetuate the vicious cycle. This habit will prevent you from reaching your goals. Not to mention having to remember to make all those credit card payments and stressing out about it is a great way to over-complicate your daily life. Stick with only the credit cards and loans that are necessary.

4. Stop Multitasking

Multitasking has been proven to cause stress and limit the quality of work a multi-tasker produces. It can be tempting to work on several things at once with the goal of completing these tasks faster or wanting to make progress on several different demands. However, multi-tasking actually has the opposite effect. Pause, take a deep breath and focus on one task at a time. Your quality of work will be better, you will have greater personal satisfaction and your life will become much easier. It’s a simple but hugely beneficial step.

Simplifying your life in the modern world can be a difficult task. An important part of the process is remembering that it is just that: A process. With each step, no matter how minute, your life becomes easier and easier.  There should be no pressure to make your life easier. You need to go at your own pace and enjoy every small accomplishment.

Jennifer Scott is a lifelong sufferer of anxiety and depression. She created her website, SpiritFinder.org, as a platform for advocacy on opening up about mental health. Through the site, she hopes to share the types of steps and success stories that can help others realize their own power. When she isn’t working on her website, she enjoys traveling, working with animals, and seeking out new friendships and adventures.

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