The ancient Chinese philosopher Lao Tzu wrote, “When you realize there is nothing lacking, the whole world belongs to you.”
Making life simple doesn’t mean you have to throw away all of your earthly possessions and move out to the middle of nowhere (unless you really want to). It simply means getting back to the basics of life in order to get rid of unnecessary clutter and stress, so you can focus on more important things like your family and the environment.
Here are 5 easy ways to help keep things simple:
1. Develop a Morning Routine
Today is the first day of the rest of your life. By developing a positive morning routine, you can set a positive tone for the rest of your day.
Try getting up a little earlier in the morning to reflect on all of the things you are thankful for before heading out into the world.
The benefit: You’ll be more calm and peaceful throughout your day.
2. Be Proactive
By being proactive about things like cleaning and getting rid of old or unused items around the house, you can avoid unnecessary clutter, which will in turn make your life simpler.
Try cleaning as you go. Wash your dishes as soon as you’re done with them; take out the garbage as soon as the bag is full; and if you bring home a new object, make an effort to get rid of (or store) another old or unused object around the house.
The benefit: You’ll save time on chores, and you’ll have less clutter!
3. Stay Offline When Possible
I know, with how important technology has become, sometimes it’s difficult to put down the smartphone or close that laptop. But at the end of the day, those are just distractions.
Try turning off the phones during family dinners, and shutting down your laptop if it’s after work hours.
The benefit: You’ll actually be in the moment, and by being present with your loved ones, you will increase communication and help build your relationship with the people you care about.
4. Make Time for Nature
Sometimes, it’s easy to forget that there’s a whole beautiful world outside of our homes and offices. If you take the time to witness the simplicity of nature, it may inspire you to try and simplify the things in your own life.
Try taking a walk through a nearby park if you’re spending too much time indoors.
The benefit: Research shows that spending time in nature and breathing in fresh air can help increase your energy, boost your immune system and even spark creativity!
5. Make a Small, Conscious Change Each Day
Rome wasn’t built in a day, and your new simple life won’t be built in a day either. If you want to simplify your life, you’ll have to take baby steps that will develop into life-changing habits.
Try making easy changes that could help you improve your health, like taking the stairs instead of the elevator, or avoiding products with chemicals that are toxic to your family and the environment.
The benefit: Your small, conscious choices will help instill a sense of confidence that will allow you to make other life changes, and dare you take on bigger challenges in your life as well.
What tips can you share to help simplify life? Please feel free to share in the comment section below!