Life can feel very complicated especially when you’re trying to juggle all the normal things that come with a busy modern life. Paying bills, seeing friends, getting work done on time, having time to do fun stuff, seeing family, spending time with your loved one, and the list goes on and on. I personally find having a simple life brings me so much more joy and have spent the better part of this year focusing on ways to make my life less complicated. I try never to worry to much, whether I should proofread my college essay or catch a plane. Here are my top 3 tips for simplifying your life.
1. Less is More
It can be so easy to get into the habit of consumption: buying a new phone every season they release a new model, getting new clothes constantly, and just owning things in excess. While there’s nothing wrong with having nice things and treating yourself well, I’ve personally found a lot more joy since I have decided to consider things a lot more before purchasing. Rather than asking myself whether I want something, I ask myself if I need it. Most of the time, the answer is no. It’s been great for my spending as I’ve been able to save a lot more money each month, but it’s also refreshing not to be so addicted to buying things. There is one area where I’m more than happy to invest my money, and that’s in business related expenses. Whether you’re in the market for http://FilterVac.com, Durham Instruments or an Atlantic Scale, I say invest properly and buy the best quality you can afford. This will positively impact your work and ensure you’re not replacing things every year or so which works out to be more expensive in the end.
2. Get Rid of Drama
If you have drama in your life, you’re probably not even aware how mentally and emotionally draining it can be. It can literally suck energy from you on a daily basis. Sometimes we put up with drama because it’s from people who have been in our lives forever, such as family and close friends. But at some point, it’s simply not worth it. If you find it hard to let go of drama in your life, you’re going to have to ask yourself why you keep it in your life. Do you enjoy it? Some people thrive off drama and while they can see how toxic and draining it is, they find it hard to let go of it. I’ve found that since letting go of my family’s drama, I’ve had more energy and space for the things I love.
3. Automate Things
I personally love automating things so I don’t have to spend my time and energy thinking about things. What you can automate will depend a lot on your lifestyle, where you live and what challenges you have. Some ways I’ve found helpful to automate things is by setting up automatic payments for things I know I’ll need or use every month. If you have a monthly phone bill, for example, then you know each month you’re going to have to pay it. I have it automatically set to take the payment from my credit card, so I just set it and forget it. You can do this with so many of your bill payments from Netflix, electricity, and even your gym membership. I just check all my transactions in my credit card statement to make sure nothing seems too high or unusual.