10 Ways To Simplify Your Life And Be More Fruitful
We all want to live a more fruitful life, but sometimes we overcomplicate matters. In this article, we’re going to take a look at ten ways you can simplify your life.
People who have simple schedules have hit the nail on the head. They’ve realised that the best way to be more productive is to do less things. It’s a basic formula that just works.
When we have hectic schedules, “we’re busy” becomes one of our most overused phrases. We have no time to chat to a friend because we’re busy. We can’t make a date tomorrow night because we’re busy.
While being busy might make us sound active and popular, the opposite is true: Busy people live stressed lives. They can’t fit new things into their schedule, which means they often miss out on adding value and fun to their lives.
Think back to the amount of times you’ve had to miss out on something fun because you had too much stuff going on. Sucked didn’t it?
Let’s take a look at 10 ways to simplify your life and be more fruitful.
Get More Sleep
Many of us don’t get enough sleep. We survive on 5 hours a night and think that’s okay. But while it’s really easy for us to say that “sleep is for the weak” and that we’ll “sleep when we’re dead,” the truth is that we’re doing our body a huge disfavour by not sleeping enough.
Getting enough sleep can have a massively simplifying effect on your life. You’ll feel fresher, more vitalised, and you’ll be able to think much more clearly. Moreover, you productivity will be enhanced, and your life will be altogether a lot more fruitful.
When you don’t get enough sleep, it can really catch up on you during the day. Tiredness can cause you to fall behind with tasks, which means that as deadlines approach you’ve still got so much to do.
Learn To Say No To People
We all like saying Yes to people. It makes us feel good knowing that we’re helping others.
But saying Yes to people all the time just adds more unwanted clutter to our own lives.
There are many reasons why we might say Yes to people all the time. Perhaps we’re just not very assertive and find it hard to say No. Or maybe we’re so desperate to be liked that we’re actually scared of saying No in case they won’t ask us anymore.
But if you want to simply your life and be more fruitful, you need to learn to say No.
You don’t have to say No all the time. But it’s important that you weight up the pros and cons of saying Yes or No to a task, and judge whether or not this is something you really have time for. If it’s going to take up a lot of your time and cause you stress, it’s a much better idea to politely decline.
Cut Down On Technology
There are people living in the western world (probably in the same country as you) who don’t own a cell phone. They probably own a laptop, but it they might not own a television.
Does this sound strange? It might do.
But people who live without so much technology would argue that their life is far simpler.
Technology certainly has its advantages, but it also has its disadvantages. If you feel that technology is actually making your life more complicated than it is, try to cut down for a week and see how you feel.
Multitasking doesn’t work, despite what people say. It just causes even more stress.
Donate Your Clothes
A cluttered wardrobe leads to a cluttered, unproductive mind.
Go through your wardrobe and donate any clothes that you haven’t worn for over two years. No matter how much you try to convince yourself, the truth is that you’ll never wear them again.
Limit Your Social Gatherings
Some of us are social butterflies who are always attending one soiree or another. But butterflies sometimes get their wings clipped, especially when they’re taking on too much.It’s a good idea to limit yourself to a small but meaningful group of friends who inspire you, but who don’t take up all your time and sap you of all your energy.
When we’re constantly bouncing around between friends, it can feel as though we’re not living in the moment. We’re having quick, superficial chats before moving on to our next meeting.
Cutting down your groups of friends means you can dedicate more time to strengthening and enhancing just one or two. It also means your simplifying things.
If you need Facebook to keep in touch with certain people, request their email. Then delete (or disable if you’re feeling less brave and final) Facebook. This is one less distraction in your life.
Have The Same Thing For Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Deciding what to eat can take up so much time and cost us a fair bit of money each week. A fab idea is to stick to the same breakfast, lunch and dinner throughout the week. You can mix things up a bit at the weekend!
Free Yourself From Debt
Life is rarely simple when we have debts. Most of our pay check is accounted for, which can leave us feeling pretty darn miserable.
Debt can also cause stress. It leaves us inflexible, and can even cause us to spend more money just to make ourselves feel better.
If possible, make it your new goal to clear your debts as soon as possible. Pay your credit cards off and then cut the cards up.
You’ll feel much better when the mailman stops mailing those bills that clutter up your letter box.
When you’re free from debt, you can start using your money to invest in yourself.
Limit Your Goals
We all need goals. But maybe you have too many going on right now? Focus on just one or two at a time.