• Anita Chastain, MBA

3 Easy Ways to Simplify Your Life

Updated: Jan 2

Simplicity helps you rebalance your life. This article will provide you with three tips for practicing simplicity that anyone can do.



Do you ever feel like life is just too busy? Does everything feel out of balance, like the way you spend your time is all out of whack? Maybe you feel like you're spending too much time on some things and not enough on others.


I've been there too. That feeling is why I chose to simplify my life and be more intentional in how I spend my time.


Simple living concepts can restore a sense of balance in our lives. And you can do that by making small changes in how you live your life on a daily basis.

Whenever we have too much of one thing and too little of another - whatever that "thing" is - our lives get out of balance.

I think of simplicity as a way to repair our lives when things get out of whack. When we have too much of one thing and too little of another - whatever that "thing" is - we don't feel happy about life because the way we spend our time doesn't match what we need to do to be happy in life.


Simplicity helps restore equilibrium in our life. We do less of what's causing problems and more of what makes us feel happier and at peace with ourselves.


3 Ways to Practice Simplicity Right Now


So what can you do right now to start getting balance in your life?


Here are three tips for practicing simplicity that anyone can do:


1. Cut back on the news and social media.


The news and social media are major sources of negativity in our lives. The near-constant exposure to all this negativity can leave you feeling stressed and frustrated.


We also give up a lot of our free time to stare at a screen. Even if you tell yourself you're only going to check the news or your social media feed really quick, you can find yourself seated in the same spot scrolling or watching an hour later.


Only you can figure out what amount of screen time you're willing to give up. For me, the less time I spend staring at a screen, the more time I have to do other things, and the less stressed I feel.

2. Create a routine to manage the repetitive parts of day-to-day life.


Routines make life easier because they reduce the number of decisions you have to make. The less time we spend thinking about and carrying out the repetitive parts of our life, the more in control we feel.


I have several routines that make my life easier:


I have an evening routine that helps me prepare for the next day. I also have routines for starting the day and managing my workday, since I work from home.

Even if you thrive on spontaneity, creating routines to manage the repetitive parts of daily life frees up mental energy, so you can be more spontaneous in other aspects of your life.

Even if you thrive on spontaneity, creating routines to manage the repetitive parts of daily life frees up mental energy, so you can be more spontaneous in other aspects of your life.


3. Calm a busy mind by spending time with nature.


I know this sounds like a cliche. But it works. Being out in nature and away from the stresses of life calms my mind. When my mind is calm, I feel better and I make better decisions.


It doesn't matter how you spend time in nature. What matters is that you actually take the time to get outside.


Go for a walk, sit in a chair on your balcony, or spread a blanket on the ground at the park. Then relax and let the calm flow through your mind and body.


The Bottom Line


Simple living is ultimately about finding balance in your life:


Avoiding too much of one thing and too little of something else.


In these challenging times, these simple tips help me stay emotionally balanced and grounded.


I hope they help you too.


What about simplicity appeals to you? Email me at anita (@) simplelife365.com and let me know.

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