Monday, June 11, 2012

3 Simple Ways to Simplify Your Life

“One day I will find the right words, and they will be simple.”
— Jack Kerouac

    Most of us have a strange relationship with simplicity.  We want to simplify our lives, as doing so relieves both stress and unnecessary thoughts, but the act of simplifying your life is often, ironically enough, a very complicated process.  I've seen articles titled, "50 Ways to Simplify Your Life".  It's pretty complex and difficult to remember 50 things and utilize them daily.  So, here are three easy ways you can start simplifying today .  It's a gradual process but it benefits you greatly in the long-run.

1.  Do one thing at a time.
     Multi-tasking is the death of calmness and good work.  If you divide your attention to two different activities, they each only get 50%.  Spend 100% on everything you do by doing one thing at a time.  I like to split work up into 20-minute increments.  I write for twenty minutes, then I respond to emails for twenty minutes, back to writing, etc.  The self-discipline required to do this improves your level of focus and has helped me simplify my life.  

2.  Meditate.
     Meditation should be just about as simple a thing as you can do.  You sit and breathe.  If you want, you count to ten.  Most toddlers can understand the idea of meditation.  You just sit there.  And it benefits you endlessly.  Your focus, your feeling of self-worth and confidence, and the calmness with which you approach day-to-day situations all improve greatly after a consistent daily meditation sessions.  It's an invaluable skill and will bring you to new levels of practicality, comfort and serenity.

3.  Think before spending.
     We'd be lying to ourselves if we said that much of modern life doesn't revolve around budgeting and finances.  The way you spend your hard-earned cash can greatly affect the level of simplicity in your life.  Debt relief is a complex process.  The stock market is a complicated entity.  Feeling inadequate from advertising does nothing to help you simplify your life.  
     Instead, buy what you need and enjoy the simpler pleasures in life.  If everyone could be satisfied with spending time with friends and family, running, eating simple, enjoyable foods and reading, the world would be a simpler and less greedy place.  You don't need to worry as much about the complexities of personal finance if you can minimize your living expenses and still retain a high quality of life.