Life is hectic, and it’s hard enough trying to stay on top of our responsibilities. Keeping up with friends or family can seem impossible at times too! And, when life gets busy, many feel they don’t have the time for self-care, so our health is put in jeopardy. But you can take some steps toward simplifying your life. Simplifying life starts with getting rid of those things that don’t serve you anymore. Then, in liberating your mind from excess stuff, you are freeing up your time for yourself and your true pleasures. Below we discuss how you can simplify your life in 5 steps.
5 Steps to Simplify Your Life
1. Make a List of Your Priorities
One of the most important steps you can take towards simplifying your life is prioritizing what matters to you.
It’s time to let go of the non-essential so you can focus on what’s important to you.
You should be your top priority because if you don’t take care of yourself, you won’t be able to focus on other essential things.
2. Write Monthly Goals
Keeping in mind your priorities, set 2 – 3 goals each month.
This will help larger goals become more manageable.
Research shows that writing goals regularly makes you 42% more likely to achieve them.
Setting goals gives you clarity, short-term motivation, and a long-term vision. It enables you to organize your time and stay focused on your priorities.
3. Write a Daily To-Do List
Every evening, write a to-do list for the next day that aligns with your goals and priorities.
Consider writing a sentence after each task of why it’s essential to do.
This can help motivate you to get it done.
Keep those things you value on your to-do list, and remove items that have low or little value to you, so your list is not overwhelming.
If some of your tasks seem monstrous, break them down into smaller tasks, so you don’t feel overwhelmed.
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4. Say No More Often
To simplify your life, learning to say NO is absolutely necessary.
Learning to say no is a very empowering skill.
When people burden you with their requests, it becomes hard for you to focus on your priorities because others take up all of your time and energy!
Do you struggle sometimes with saying no? Read our post: How to Say No in 5 Easy Steps–Politely with Confidence
5. Get Organized
Sitting in a cluttered room can cause stress, and you may waste time looking for things.
Clutter can also make it hard to focus. This can become draining.
In addition, if you don’t have an organized filing system, you may end up paying bills late or not finding important paperwork when you need it.
Most organized people cultivated essential habits to help them stay organized. You can too!
Here are some habits to help keep you organized:
- Write things down. I like to write stuff like appointments in my phone calendar and add a reminder alarm. It’s also where I have birthdays and other events I don’t want to forget.
- Use a system that works for you, including pen and paper. Write down everything, including grocery shopping lists!
- Make schedules and deadlines, and keep these in mind when writing your monthly goals and daily task. This way, you are focusing on those things that matter to you.
- Declutter your home and workspace. Excessive clutter can cause stress and distract you. If this seems like a daunting task, declutter one space at a time.
- Organize your space. Make sure every item has a home. If this seems overwhelming, do it in small chunks. For example, consider starting with organizing your paperwork so you can easily access important documents in a file system. Then you may want to organize a closet or pantry. Make sure everything has a home, so you are not wasting time looking for things.
You can simplify your life by first understanding your priorities. Once you define your priorities, consider writing monthly goals. Then, every evening write a daily to-do list that aligns with your goals and priorities. Saying no to those low-priority activities will free up time to work on those things that are important to you. In addition, if you declutter and organize your home, you will reduce stress and easier find the items you need.