Making Intentional Choices: 3 Ways to Simplify Your Life
Updated: Dec 25, 2020
Learn three intentional choices you can make to refocus your priorities and simplify your life. What will you get in return? An easier, more meaningful, and more manageable life.
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, too, if you’re willing to make intentional choices about how you live your life.
It all starts with making choices that lead you toward the life you want. In this article, I'll share three choices you can make to move you toward a life of simplicity. Not an empty life.... in fact, far from it.
In this article, you'll discover three choices you can make today that will make your life easier and more manageable.
3 Intentional Choices that will Simplify Your Life
There are things in life that we can't control, like how tall we are and the weather. But there are also areas where making an intentional choice to do one thing instead of something else is all it takes to change our lives in a meaningful way.
Below you'll find three choices you can make to simplify your life:
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 or10 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, are you really putting time and energy into something that adds value to your life? I believe the answer is no.
2. Create routines for the repetitive parts of life, so you spend less energy carrying out the same tasks over and over.
You brush your teeth every morning, right? It's one of those repetitive things you do in life because it's necessary to keep your teeth and gums healthy.
Even though you brush your teeth every single morning, I’m guessing you don't spend a lot of time thinking about it.
Why don't you think about this thing you do every single morning? You don't think about it because it's become a routine.
You've figured out the best way to brush your teeth to get the job done without spending much mental energy.
That's the power of routines - they make life easier.
You can create routines for many repetitive tasks, like paying bills, cleaning bathrooms, 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 because they help you do the job faster and more effectively than you would have otherwise.
Creating a routine 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.
Identify the repetitive parts of your day - the things you do over and over - and figure out how you can complete those tasks faster, easier, and better using a simple routine.
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 might even 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, at least not for everyone. If that pace of life works for you, go for it. If If it doesn’t, let it go. There's no shame in saying you want to live a simpler, slower life.
Live your life at a speed that works for you. Say no to anything that doesn’t align with the speed you choose to live your life.
As you decide how you want to spend the hours of your days, remember that you can't reclaim time that's already been spent. When that time is gone, it's gone. Spend the hours of your days 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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