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Simplify, Simplify, Simplify

by | Lifestyle, Personal Development

Do you ever feel like you can never get your life to slow down, no matter how hard you try? You finally get one task done just as another is added to your plate. Or maybe you feel like your to-do list never actually gets smaller … if anything, it’s multiplying in size by the day. If this sounds like you, stop and add one word to your vocabulary: Simplify.  

How can you make a task as simple as possible? How can you break a concept down to make it easy to understand? You’ll find that going after your goals is less challenging when you don’t make the process more complicated than it needs to be. I’ll show you how to simplify each area of your life to help you achieve success. 

A wooden clock hangs on a wall over a white desk with a leafy plant and a white desk lamp on it.

Simplify your home.

We don’t think about this often, but your environment plays a huge role in your success. If your house is constantly messy or feels cluttered, the odds are, your life will follow suit. How can you fix this? By being intentional about the items you keep in each room of your home. Here’s a 2-step process to help you declutter quickly and efficiently: 

  • Go through each room and make three separate piles for your items: “Keep,” “Throw Away,” and “Donate.” (Rule of thumb: If you haven’t used something in over a year, it’s probably time to part ways with it!)
  • Give a “home” to every item in your “Keep” pile. When you’ve finished using something, put it back in its designated spot.
A white bowl of yogurt topped with an assortment of fruits.

Simplify your habits.

Bad habits—we all have them. Maybe you have a habit of sleeping in until noon, biting your nails, or eating fast food every day. The truth is, by not changing your bad habits, you’re literally getting in the way of your own success. Don’t be the reason that you don’t achieve what you want in life—instead, swap those negative habits out for positive ones: 

  • Wake up early! Set your alarm for just 5 minutes earlier than normal each morning. (And no hitting “snooze!”)
  • Dress for success. Put on an outfit that makes you feel like your best, most confident self.
  • Eat healthy foods whenever possible (check out this list for inspiration!)
  • Get outside for some fresh air each day.
Three women stand on the top of a mountain with their backs to the camera at sunset.

Simplify your circle.

Take a step back and analyze the people you’re surrounded by. Are they inspiring you? Do they encourage you to achieve your goals daily? Or are they constantly bringing stress, drama, and negativity into your life? It’s certainly not easy, but it’s important to ensure that the people in your life have your best interest at heart. So, make sure that you’ve created a circle that wants to see you win! For tips on building a positive social circle, read this article. 

A monthly planner lays open on a table with blue and red pens sitting on top of it.

Simplify your schedule.

I’ll let you in on a little secret: You don’t have to do it all. As humans, we live with this idea that you have to always have something on your schedule to be seen as “productive.” The truth? It’s okay (and highly encouraged!) to take a step back and simplify. Learn to say “no” if you start feeling overwhelmed. Take time for yourself if that’s what you really need. By simplifying your schedule and eliminating the “fluff,” you’ll have even more time in your day to make progress toward your goals. 

Simplifying your life doesn’t mean making dramatic, earth-shattering changes. It means finding little ways to add a layer of intention into each area of your life. Simplify, simplify, simplify. 

Looking for ways to improve your life for the better? Read this post to learn about better ways to start your day! 

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