Would you like to live a simpler life? Just kidding – of course you do! Who doesn’t? After all, that’s part of the dream of living life unbound. Perhaps you don’t dream of living in a little beach shack, working only when inspiration strikes, but it doesn’t matter how you define unbound living – you can have whatever you want, if you are committed to dropping the complications and embracing simplicity.
Some people I have spoken to are surprised to learn that I am much more fulfilled living my simple life in my small home, but they don’t understand how it easily trumps an opulent existence.
- A smaller home means less cleaning.
- Less storage space means less clutter.
- Fewer (less expensive) possessions mean I have fewer worries about security, upkeep, and maintenance.
- Less expensive belongings are easier to replace.
- My money is spent on creating experiences, rather than funding the facade.
The list goes on, but I’m sure you get my point…
This post is not about down-scaling (unless you want it to be 😉 ), but rather about simplifying your life in ways that please you. You should only do what pleases you. So let’s look at how you can simplify right now.
Make Time for a Simpler Life
Just like you have to let go of what you’re holding in your hands before you can take hold of something else, you have to let go of what is taking up your precious time, detracting from the life you really want to live.
1. Evaluate What’s Important
What do you value? What do you want most out of your life? Write a list of 3-5 things that are most important to you. By understanding what’s important to you, you will be able to create space in your life for those things.
2. Evaluate Your Commitments
Life can easily become so busy that it is hard to tell the difference between what’s a priority and what’s fluff. We end up entangled in busy-ness, because it can be so hard to say no.
Sit down and evaluate your commitments. If something is not in line with what you want in life, or if it doesn’t add value, drop it. If it stands in the way to a simple life, it most certainly should go.
3. Limit Communications
Humans are social creatures, and we tend to engage in it way too much. Unfortunately, much of it is often unnecessary. Between social media, IM, phone calls, and forums, you can easily waste hours every day. I’d recommend cutting down on some of those “social interactions” over the computer and BE more present in your real life. Stick to a schedule when you must go on social media.
4. Reduce Media Consumption
Not everyone is able to cut down on media consumption, which, to many people, is as time-consuming and energy-sapping as social media. Open-minded as I am, I can’t deny that the media tends to use mind-control techniques that can easily start to dominate your life. A media-fast is a great tool for simplifying your life and when you see how much fun you can have without it, you may not want to go back at all…
5. Reassess Your Spending
For me, living simply is about spending less on unnecessary items. It’s not about living frugally or hoarding money or anything like that. It’s a matter of moving away from the spending culture towards more enjoyment.
Less time spent in busy malls, spending money on things you don’t need, means that you have more time and money to spend on things you love.
Also, when you buy something you really want (it’s completely fine to want something that will bring you immense value and joy – even if it is not from the bargain rack), you tend to enjoy it so much more.
Start Living the Simple Life
1. Do What You Love
Make a point of doing things you enjoy as often as possible. Be sure that you embrace the moment when you do these things and experience them fully.
Recently, I decided to pamper myself in a small way every day, whether it is taking an extra long hot shower, spending extra time on the beach, indulging in a treat, or having an early night, I make a point of doing it. What’s important to you? What makes you feel good? Do it, as often as you can.
2. Become Quiet
Do you have someone with whom you can spend time, just being? There’s something magical about those relationships where you can just talk and laugh all through the night… That’s what friends are for. But there’s something equally amazing about relationships where there are comfortable silences.
“Most people do not listen with the intent to understand; they listen with the intent to reply.” – Stephen R. Covey, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change
Talk less. Leave spaces in conversations. Observe people’s tones. Note how you save energy and how the intimacy of your relationships increase when you listen to hear.
3. Be YOU
Who are you, really? Affirm your authentic self with confidence and enthusiasm out loud, several times a day.
Focusing on the simple things in life will immediately increase your your experience, enhancing your abundant joy. Embrace simplicity and start enjoying a life that is full of unbound sunshine, energy, and lightness.
Have you embraced simplicity in some way in your life? Please share your experiences with us in comments below.