It’s very clear for me that whenever I leave for a short trip, I overpack. (And I am known amongst friends to be a light traveler.) The trip could be a weekend getaway or a month overseas, it really doesn’t matter. But I can be pretty sure that I will return with things that went unused, because they simply were not needed.
Are you the same way? Do you return from trips with articles of clothing still washed and folded in your bag? Just like they were when you packed them?
What about life? Are you overpacked for that trip too?
Life is a wild and unpredictable ride. But what I am learning is… so little is needed.
Here are 7 tips on how to simplify your life, along with 3 questions to keep in mind. Don’t rush through them with a sweeping glance. Really sit with them and open yourself to what you are reading. Listen to thoughts and answers that come up for you.
How to Simplify Your Life
Look at how your time is spent. What are you doing everyday? Are you doing what truly suits you, and what matters to you most? What’s most important to you? What makes you happy in a lasting way? Value each day, value your life — it only happens once.
Learn to say no. Be honest with yourself and with other people. Say no to what you really do not want to do. Do not waver. Be clear. You’ll respect yourself for it (and others will to!) Be a stand for how you want to live. Don’t be a flickering candle, be a steady light.
Purge, simplify and organize your stuff. What do you really use? No really, what do you really use, like on a daily basis? What do you really love? Keep what you value most, get rid of the rest, then organize what is left.
Downsize your responsibilities. Downsize your home and car, downsize your bills and expenses — downsize your obligation to maintain and live for stuff. Don’t let your life become a game of keeping balls in the air.
Focus on the day and that day only. Start the day with clarity. Know your priorities for each day. Forget the rest (until it has its own day & time for action).
Relish and appreciate time spent doing nothing. Consider scheduling true downtime. Learn to value time spent decompressing and relaxing. This does not mean zoning-out, it means simply being or being simple. Trust me, it’s the most important thing on a to-do list.
Go for the best in life, not the most in life. What is best for everyone is not the same. Find out what it is best for you. Keep it as your benchmark.
Questions to Keep in Mind
- Will this food cleanse me or clog me?
- Will this item simplify my life or clutter it?
- Will this arrangement stress me or relax me?
We make life so complicated, when it really doesn’t need to be. Just maintaining a sense of clarity can make a world of difference — it can actually transform our life. Being clear about what is important (what we truly love, and in what environment we thrive), allows not only others to experience us at our best, but we get to experience ourselves at our best.