“The ability to simplify means to eliminate the unnecessary so that the necessary may speak.” – Hans Hofmann
Our schedules and lifestyles can become very hectic so it’s best to try and find time to reestimate the way we live, work, communicate… If we want to experience life fulfillment we need to simplify it and focus on the important things rather than trying to catch up with everything we think we have to. We need to strive for mindfulness and self-fulfillment in order to have a happy life. Here are the 7 things we need to make simpler to live better versions of our lives.
1. Understand the Real Value of Your Belongings
You are being avid for material possessions and always try to buy new things? Well, this is not a bad habit if you require those new acquisitions for your daily activities. However, if you buy stuff just to make you feel better and never use them, that’s a real problem.
Here’s how you should approach things: “I possess these things, but they don’t possess me.” You’ve probably heard it before. Don’t let your possessions become your main objective.
Do you need a new phone? That’s understandable, but would you go nuts over a scratch? It is of utmost importance to focus our energy on the most valuable things in life. Consuming our stamina on possessions is not one of them.
Look around and reestimate your surroundings, your home and your workplace. What do you see? If it’s been cluttered, start freeing yourself from all the possessions that make no difference to you. Once you clean your environment, you will be able to uncover your life’s true goals.
2. Cut Back on Your Objectives
A busy schedule is not an effective schedule. You might have many tasks to do over the day, but if you don’t prioritize them you’ll end up with many tasks in progress, but none finished.
The most suitable method of approaching a busy schedule is to program it according to every task’s importance. Write down the 3-5 most important tasks you have over the day and finish them first.
Once those tasks are done you can start working on the less important ones. If you want to have an efficient schedule you should be an avid organizer, you should be able to prioritize your work and delegate the tasks you won’t be able to cover. For example, leveraging writing tasks to professionals, such as EduGeeksClub, will increase your efficiency.
3. Tend to Have Positive and Sincere Relationships
Study your surroundings. Look at all those people that surround you every day. Do they make you a better person? Do they worsen your personality? Are you in sincere relationships with each other?
Having friends full of negativity beside you won’t help your situation. At first, you should help them become more positive and be able to see the good in every situation. They are your friends, that’s what friends do. But, if your relationship becomes a one-way energy flow and it consumes your resources in vain, you should put it on hold.
4. Block Negative Mindset
Negativity consumes more of our resources than positivity. Have you ever felt anger, hatred, or envy towards someone? What was it like?
The energy you send will come back accordingly. If you have a positive attitude towards the tasks ahead you will be able to achieve them in a timely manner and with ease.
5. Practice Social Media Disconnection
Even though social media is very useful to keep in touch with our close ones, from time to time, we need to take some time off and disconnect from it. Every now and then, everyone needs some “me time”. Once you get back home and finish all the work you have to do put your phone, tablet, and laptop in a drawer. Reflect on the day that just passed. When that review is done ask yourself: “What do I like most?” Some might like reading or writing poetry. Take your answer and put it in practice, you will relax during that activity. After this, you will be able to focus on the next day’s tasks.
6. Reduce Your Choices
We have lots of choices we have to make each day, beginning from choosing which biscuits to choose for dinner, to what restaurant we go to, what clothes to wear, etc. Having lots of options to choose from is a good thing, but spending too much time on making those choices is a real burden.
Some of you might have noticed this before, some might not. Mark Zuckerberg wears the same gray shirt on every single public appearance he has. When asked why he does that, this is what he answered. “I really want to clear my life to make it so that I have to make as few decisions as possible about anything except how to best serve this community…”
7. Use Less Resources
The society is becoming more and more materialistic. We tend to use lots of resources for things we don’t really need. Think about this, do you really need the latest gadgets for your life to be better? The latest smartphone, tablet, PC? We use lots of energy to charge our numerous gadgets’ batteries and we might not have an idea what it costs to our planet. Think of some things you personally may do to stop wasting our planet’s resources.
The moment you start using them wisely and spend less money on unnecessary things, you will be able to feel a lot better about yourself and the community you belong to.
Simple is best. If you want to feel fulfilled, you need to simplify your life. We don’t need all the stuff we have and, most definitely, we don’t need the latest gadgets. What we do need is to clarify our objectives, focus on the bright side of things and have some time for ourselves every once in a while. Try simplifying your life and you will reach new heights in terms of professional and personal achievements.
Rachel Bartee is a freelance writer who finds her passion in expressing own thoughts as a blogger. She is constantly looking for the ways to improve her skills and expertise. Get in touch with her on @rachel5bartee.