“Life is complicated” is an adage that most people take as gospel truth. Life is actually simple for those who know how to live it. It’s mostly our own inability to manage everyday tasks and responsibilities that give an impression of a complicated reality.
Simplifying life means getting rid of the chaos and clutter, and finding peace and meaning in every moment. It is, however, not a very simple process. Think of it as a journey, instead of your final destination. There may come phases when you have to take one step backward after taking two steps forward. All you need is patience to see the change happen.
Here are a few hacks to simplify your life.
Take one month at a time
You may have failed miserably in keeping up with your New Year’s resolutions, and you are not alone. But that doesn’t mean you give up on them so quickly. Here’s a simple hack: set three goals a month instead of 50 goals a year. Break your larger goals into smaller bits so that you can accomplish long-pending tasks without as much effort.
Clean your space
Clutter can pile up in your space if you are too lazy to clean. But replacing some of your TV time with small amounts of cleaning every day will save you the hassle of cleaning up a huge mess in a single day. You should declutter your space by winnowing out what’s essential and discarding what’s useless. Clean your closet and arrange everything neatly so that you don’t have to rummage through a dump to find something to wear.
The 50/30/20 rule to save money
Becoming broke at the end of the month is a complication perhaps we all have faced or are still facing. No matter how much you try, your money doesn’t stay in your account. Here’s a helpful tip to save money: spend 50 percent of your income on your living expenses, 30 percent on your daily lifestyle, and put aside 20 percent in savings. It really works.
Automate or delegate housework
We live in an era where technology is replacing manual efforts. Tasks that required enormous amounts of energy and time can now be accomplished in a matter of minutes. From washing clothes and dishes to mopping floors, everything can be automated. And don’t forget that there are also specialized services that do housework on your behalf. You can use such technology and services to simplify your life.
Purge your inbox
It can be extremely annoying to see a barrage of useless emails when you open your inbox. Most of these emails are spam or irrelevant to your needs, and can frustrate you to the core because your important emails get lost in the clutter. Take out time at the end of the day to delete useless emails from your inbox. You should also consider unsubscribing to emails that you don’t want or need. This will also free up a lot of space, both virtual and mental.
Get smart with your smartphone
Last but certainly not least, you should dive deeper into your smartphone because it is meant to simplify life. Besides calling and texting, you can use your smartphone to organize your daily tasks, set reminders, take notes, and so much more. Get the hang of different applications and use them to make your daily life a lot simpler.