Many of us yearn for a simpler life, but so few us do anything about it. We get so busy trying to finish off the impossibly long list of things we set for ourselves, leaving no time at all for the simple pleasures in life. Read the following ten tips on making your life easier.
1 – Don’t buy what you can’t afford
One of the biggest causes of stress and complications in our lives is our finances. Day in day out, we are tempted by advertisements for eye-appealing things. We get enticed into buying things that we cannot afford. You can make your life a lot easier by saving money for the things that you need.
2 – De-clutter your home and make it a pleasant place to be
Keeping your home tidy and putting things back where they came from will make your life a lot easier. Applying a bit of organization to home life will save all the hassles of having to do things at the last minute.
3 – Slim down your commitments
Prioritize the tasks and ask yourself what really needs to be done. It’s okay not to get done the less important ones. One thing that should always be on your list is getting some time for yourself and your loved ones.
4 – Set yourself reasonable goals
Life is a continuous work in progress, so don’t expect to get everything done today. Learn to accept that. And don’t try to push yourselves excessively. Make sure that you don’t promise the impossible, to yourself or other people, and life will be a lot easier.
5 – Focus on results
Being busy won’t provide you with a fulfilling day, but getting things done well will do. Take a good look at the jobs you have to do and ask yourself, if they are really necessary and what you will achieve by doing them.
6 – Stop worrying about the things you can’t change
Sometimes things you can do nothing about tend to happen in life. However, don’t fret about it. Just focus your thoughts on the things that you can control or change; you will be a lot happier.
7 – Stop seeking perfection
Life is not perfect, so aren’t we, or the things we do. Think of it like you would of an examination. Is it better to pass an examination with moderate marks or is it better to fail completely, because you spent too long on the first question, trying to make it perfect?
8 – Go to bed on time and set the boundaries for work, rest and play
Staying up half the night to finish one project will only make you tired to complete the projects you have on for tomorrow. You won’t be able to get those other projects done as effectively. So think about it, you will have to work late tomorrow too. Set the boundaries for work, rest and play, and keep life simple.
9 – Don’t be afraid to quit
All the great motivational speakers will tell you that the winners don’t quit. But does that mean that all the winners are happy? If something is causing you too much stress and making you unhappy, then don’t be afraid to hold your hands up and say, “I can’t do it”. It is better than banging your head endlessly against a brick wall.
10 – Do the things that you love
Doing something that we enjoy doing usually makes it easy to get it done. Try applying this concept to everything you do, including your job. Don’t do something you hate just because it earns you good money or someone expects you to do it.