How To Radically Simplify Your Life?
Oftentimes, we find ourselves overwhelmed with too much to do and too little time to do it.
Simplifying your life helps you increase your productivity and get more enjoyment from everything you do.
The starting point of simplification is reducing the number of things you do in your work and in your personal life that are of little value to you.
You may even have to stop doing some things you enjoy.
Below are 5 ways to simplify your life, that I learned from Brian Tracy’s book “Focal Point”.
Ready? Let’s get started!
#1. The Seven Rs of Simplification
When you start feeling overwhelmed with everything you have to do in your work and personal life, stand back and ask yourself, “Is there a better way to do it?” Put yourself in the position of an outside consultant and evaluate your own situation.
Be willing to question your current approach and give yourself objective advice on how to handle your situation.
When you get new information, stop and reevaluate your situation based on the way it is today, right now, not the way you wish it were or the way it might have been in the past.
Ask yourself “What’s the reality today?”
The aim here is to increase your outputs with the same quantity and quality of inputs.
Constantly reorganize your workspace, your schedule, your priorities of activities… always be open to better ways to do the job.
Devote more of your time, energy, money, and other resources to the top 20 percent of activities that account for most of your desired results.
Simultaneously, delegate, outsource or even eliminate low-value activities.
Focus on improving the process of your work.
Constantly, look for better, faster, cheaper, and easier ways to accomplish the task and achieve your desired results.
Imagine that you are starting your job or your career over again.
Ask yourself “If I were not doing it this way, knowing what I now know, would I start it up again this way?” Is there anything you would start doing? Is there anything you would stop doing?
7. Regain Control
Set new goals for your work and your personal life and create new action plans for these goals. Take responsibility for your life and commit yourself to take action on your goals.
Take charge of your time and your life.
#2. Identify Your Values
Identifying your values is the first step to simplifying your life.
Ask yourself what is important to you?
Some of these values can be simplicity, satisfaction, independence, enjoying good relationships… Select the five values that are most important to you and organize them by priority.
Below is a list of values you can inspire from:
#3. Determine Your Vision and Goals
Based on your value, create a vision for yourself. Imagine that your life is perfect in every way sometimes in the future and that you have no limitations at all.
What would your ideal life look like? Then set specific goals to simplify your life. If you’re not happy with your current situation, resolve to make new choices and decisions about what you want exactly, and make it a reality.
Ask yourself “If I had only six months to live, how would I change my life?” What would you do more of or less of? What would you start doing or stop doing?
#4. Learn How to Say No
The best habit you can develop in order to simplify your life is the habit of saying “No” to any demand on your time that isn’t consistent with your values and what you want most in life.
If a demand or a request is not a high-value use of your time, simply say no to it.
#5. Simplify Your Daily Life
Take action today to simplify your daily life.
1. Clean Up The Clutter In Your Life
Before you begin work, make sure your workspace is cleared off completely. Only keep one task on the desk in front of you, even if you have to put things on the floor.
2. Throw Away What Has No Value
Go through your stack of reading material and begin throwing things away. Magazines and newspapers that are more than six months old and information you can get somewhere else are junk you’ll never look at again.
Go through your closets, our cabinets, and your garage and get rid of everything that is obsolete, unnecessary, out of fashion, or irreparable. Give away what can be given and throw the rest.
4. Leave Things Off
When you’re home resist the temptation to turn on the radio or the TV. Let your mind relax by creating periods of silence in your life. Another advantage of leaving things off when you’re with friends or family is that you’ll be able to communicate more and deepen your relationships.
5. Reduce Exposure to the Screen
The internet is a great tool for communicating information. However, it can also hinder your connection with nature, others, or yourself.
6. Practice Solitude On a Daily Basis
Give yourself thirty to sixty minutes of quiet time every day. Sit by yourself and allow your mind to relax.
Solitude has proven to help people become mentally stronger and sleep better. It’s also an essential habit of personal growth. Only when you’re by yourself that you can learn from your experiences and let your mind think of creative ways to change your life.
7. Reduce Your Commute
This will save you time and money, but also reduce stress related to rush hour traffic. Move closer to where you work or choose to live in a smaller town.
8. Live Close to Nature
The closer you are to the nature—its sights, sounds, smells, and energies—the more easily connected with yourself you become. If you can’t always spend time in nature, think about bringing nature indoors.
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The Book: Focal Point: A Proven System to Simplify Your Life, Double Your Productivity, and Achieve All Your Goals by Brian Tracy