There are a few certain habits that can really simplify your life. I believe simpler is better, and that’s why I’m doing my best to get rid of excess stuff in my life. Happiness lies in small, little things, so why make life so complicated? Simplicity reduces heaviness in your life and makes it happier and lighter. Here are ten incredible habits to adopt to make your life simpler and happier.
1. Rid of the clutter
The first habit you should adopt to make your life easier is to rid of all the clutter in your life. Start with you house, then move to your workplace. Make cleaning your house and your office on a regular basis a habit and throw out all the things you don’t use or you don’t need anymore. If these things are still in a great shape, donate them to a charity instead of throwing them away. You’ll feel lighter and have less cleaning to do.
2. Live in the present
Forget about the past and don’t think about the future. Live in the present! Learn how to enjoy the present moment and be thankful for everything you have in your life. If you’re unhappy, depressed, anxious, and you don’t live your life to the fullest, you are living either in the past or in the future. If you’re happy, you’re living in the present. Learn to enjoy the small things in your life and be grateful for them.
3. Plan your whole week in advance
Another important habit that will simplify your life that you should develop is planning your whole week in advance. You can use a daily planner or a calendar to do that. Why is it so important? Because this way you’ll know what you should do and when you should do it and you’ll be more likely to meet all the deadlines. Plus, you won’t feel anxious and stressed and you’ll become more organized.
4. Learn how to say no
If you want to simplify your life it’s vital to learn how to say no. While it’s good to help others, sometimes you can’t or just don’t have the free time to do it. Don’t overwhelm yourself and make sure you don’t take too many tasks and responsibilities. You should never forget to think of yourself too. It’s okay to say no when you really can’t help someone. Don’t feel guilty.
5. Make time for yourself
In our busy world, it’s important to make time for yourself every now and then. Simply disconnect from all electronics and things that cause you stress. You can go to the park or even to the forest and enjoy the beauty of this world. Do this on a regular basis, and you will always feel calmer, relaxed and refreshed.
6. Make lists
Make a habit of writing down everything you have to do and you won’t have to spend a lot of time trying to remember all those things and you will avoid feeling stressed because you cannot remember them. Help yourself, make your lists and simplify your life. It’s so easy!
7. Cook meals in advance
To make your life lighter, develop a habit to cool meals in advance. My schedule is super busy and I don’t have time to cook healthy meals every single day, so when I cook I make 5 servings of what I usually eat, and this helps me to spend less time cooking and I always have something healthy to eat the next day. Put a few portions in your freezer and they’ll come in handy on the day when you won’t have time to cook. If your family is big, this habit is a must for you.
8. Stop trying to be perfect
No one is perfect, and everyone has weaknesses and strengths. You can learn something new and you can improve something, but you will never make anything absolutely perfect. Don’t waste your time worrying about making everything perfect. Perfectionism is never a good thing. Moreover, it can lower your self-esteem.
9. Let go of toxic people
Stop keeping toxic people around you. They don’t make you happy; they make your life more complicated. Just because you want to drop them doesn’t mean you hate them. Think about your well-being and your happiness. Even if you have known your friend for 10 years, but you realize that she is dragging you down, end your friendship and see how far you rise. Letting go of toxic people is a challenging thing, but it will help you live a happier and easier life.
10. Stay thankful
People who are thankful for everything they have in life tend to be healthier and happier. While it’s good to set goals and try your best to achieve them, don’t moan that your friend earns more money than you or your coworker has a luxury home and you can’t afford to buy a small house. Life is unfair at times but complaints won’t help you to become rich or buy that house. Stay thankful for everything you have in life but be sure to reach your (achievable!) goals. Incorporate gratitude in your life starting today and this little habit will help you live a more meaningful life.
Confucius once said, “Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated.” Indeed, we often make simple things too complicated. Develop the above habits and enjoy your simpler life. If you know any other good habits that can make life lighter, don’t forget to share them with us.