“Life is what you make it”, a phrase attributed to John Mooney, fairly sums up what life is about. It could be as simple or as complicated as you make it to be. But as easy as it may sound, an uncomplicated life may be the most difficult thing to achieve for many people. For some, there is simply not much time to think about slowing down when so many things are waiting to get done. While others may thrive on a busy lifestyle, there are those who may experience chronic stress and yearning for a more balanced life. If you identify more with the latter, it may be time to simplify your life. This may seem hard to do given the numerous things you have to deal with every single day. But it is something worth thinking if you want to spend more time on people and things that matter most to you.
Be clear about the things that matter. It is easy to get caught in the seemingly endless loop of busyness if you are not clear about what matters to you most. Sometimes keeping life simple is a matter of priorities. You may want to reflect on your purpose or whatever it is that you truly want to do.
Follow-through. The best plans amount to nothing without follow-through. And this is what separates those who manage to keep their lives seem less complicated than others. They focus on what is most important to them and trim down non-essentials that may steal time away from things that help them achieve their goals.
Keep organized. Take control of mental and physical clutter. Get rid of anything that no longer serves a purpose. Organizing your life can literally and figuratively lessen the things that may be preventing you from doing more of the things that you need to do. By reducing or removing the things that are not essential to your priority goals you can move forward faster unencumbered.
Learn to say no. This may sound simple, but many have trouble saying no for varied reasons. It could be the desire not to disappoint others, lack of foresight, or other things that make saying no seem so hard. But the more you say yes to things that are not in line with your goals, the less time you have to accomplish the things that matter. This could put a lot of needless pressure that could overwhelm you.
Use your time wisely. Take control of how you spend your time. Do not commit your free time easily on things that do not serve your purpose in life in the long run. You have to be more deliberate with how you use the time you have to focus on the important stuff.