Making Intentional Choices: 3 Ways to Simplify Your Life
Updated: 2 days ago
Do you want a simpler life? One that is slower, easier, and less complicated? I did, and that’s why I made intentional choices that helped me simplify my life.
One of the first things I did to begin simplifying my life was to re-evaluate where I invested most of my mental energy and effort.
I knew certain areas of my life- like work - were taking up too much of my energy and effort; while other areas - like me time - were getting too little.
Based on my own experiences, I learned that it’s possible to simplify your way to a more meaningful life.
And you can do that if you’re willing to make intentional choices about how you live your life.
The key to success begins with choice. You make intentional choices to take steps that shift your mindset and life toward simplicity, i.e., toward a life that’s easier and more manageable.
3 Tips to Simplify Your Life
This post gives you 3 ways to simplify your life right now.
1. Quit obsessing over little things that don’t make much of a difference in life. Sometimes we spend so much time focusing on the minutiae of life, that we ignore the bigger picture.
Our homes are a good example. Instead of putting so much energy into creating an Instagram ready home, put energy into creating memories of the times you spent there.
At some point in the future, you'll look back at the time you spent in that home.
When that day comes, you won't care much about the time you spent getting it Instagram ready.
You'll care about the memories you made while living there.
Letting go of the fixation to focus on little things that really don’t matter over the long run frees up your time and energy for things that do make a difference.
So how do you quit obsessing over the little things? The key is putting those little things into perspective. It helps when you can see the bigger picture.
Here are three questions you can ask yourself to put things into perspective:
(1) Will doing this make a difference in my life 5 or 10 years from now?
(2) Does doing this make my life happier, easier, or better right now?
(3) Will I even remember doing this 10 years from now?
If the answer to these questions is no, consider whether you're about to invest your time and energy into something that adds value to your life.
2. Create routines so you spend less energy carrying out the same tasks over and over. You brush your teeth every morning, right?
Now thinks about this:
How much time do you spend thinking about brushing your teeth or getting ready to brush your teeth or even thinking about how you’re brushing them?
I’m going to guess you don't spend a lot of time thinking about it.
Why? Because brushing your teeth in the morning has become a routine.
Your tooth brushing routine requires physical effort but very little mental energy.
Routines make life easier.
You can create routines for many repetitive tasks, like paying bills, cleaning house, and cooking meals.
You can even create work routines to help you manage your day.
Some routines require more mental and physical energy than others to carry out, but they're still effective.
A routine at work to organize and prepare for your day is a good example of something that takes a little time to complete but is worth the effort.
Look at your day and figure out where you can create simple routines that will allow you to spend less energy on tasks that you do on a regular basis.
3. Give yourself more free time by saying no to the idea that you should be doing more. It’s ok to say no to requests that we do more.
A lot of time management and productivity strategies push a similar idea:
Do this or that and you'll be able to cram more and more "doing" into a fixed period of time.
Why do so many people feel pressured to do more and more?
Because we live in a culture that expects everyone to “hustle” and “crush your goals.”
The hustle culture is so strong that you start believing that if you’re not hustling and crushing your goals, you aren’t living life to the fullest.
That’s just not the case.
Not everyone wants to crush it 18 hours out of the day.
The hustle culture isn’t for everyone. Choose it if it works for you, but if it doesn’t, let it go.
Live your life at a speed that works for you.
If you want to experience life at a slower pace, you can do that.
Just say no to those things that don’t align with the speed you choose to live your life.
You can never reclaim time that's already been spent. Spend the hours of your life carefully.
These tips for simplifying your life can help you create more emotionally rich life experiences.
Make intentional choices to create a life you love, instead of simply going along with a life that’s being thrown at you.
How can you apply these tips in your life? Email me at anita (at) simplelife365.com.
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