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All of us want a no-hassle, easy life, but few of us would say we have one. Issues like clutter, an invasive social life or pressure at work may seem like trivial problems to some, but often they are enough to trigger stress. Alter your daily habits to attract simplicity and reject complications and you will enjoy a stress-free life.
How to Attract Simplicity into Your Life
Get rid of clutter
It is now widely recognised that a cluttered home often means a cluttered mind. Living in a disorganised space will affect you subconsciously, as well as complicating tasks such as cleaning or simply finding your keys. Your clutter may represent a past that needs to be let go of, neglected hobbies, or a fear of the future. Purge your clutter ruthlessly; hire a skip if needs be. Sell valuable items, and put the cash into savings or towards a treat. Your home will feel lighter, more welcoming, and a more pleasant space to be in. As an added benefit, you won’t be so stressed about losing or breaking possessions you didn’t need, essential items will be easy to find, and you will be less embarrassed to have guests round.
Prune your social life
Are there toxic influences among your friends? Evaluate your social circle honestly, and determine if some are a bad influence. Pay attention to nervous, worried or depressed feelings that arise in you whenever someone’s name is mentioned. Play a game with yourself — write a list of your friends, and next to their name write the first word that comes into your head when you think of them. If it is something positive like ‘laughter’ or ‘loyalty’, move on. But watch out for words like ‘gossip’ or ‘snob’. It is impossible to relax and socialise around a negative person, and even if they have not caused you direct anger or hurt, cutting them out will benefit you. A more noticeable indicator of toxicity is bad habits. If your friends smoke, engage in disagreeable activities or otherwise centre their social outings around something you do not want to do, gently suggest you try something else together or simply do not go.
Simplify your work life
For some, this could mean quitting your job altogether. Others simply need to tweak their daily routine. If your job is causing you significant stress, address the causes: do you hate your company? Your daily tasks? Or the people you work with? It is easy, in a big office, to switch social circles: ask to move your desk, make coffee at different times or make an effort to talk to people you do not know. In a smaller office, offence may be given, so be careful. If you dislike your role, talk to your boss and ask for different responsibilities. Do not take quitting lightly, but recognise a career change may be the only solution.
However, if you are happy in your job and wish to stay, but work is unnecessarily complicated, you may need to implement a system. Automate your tasks by checking email for one half hour in the morning, and another in the afternoon. Take lunch at the same time each day. Make room for the most important task in the morning, assign a set time to finish, and then set time for a different task after lunch. Delegate menial tasks as much as you can if you are in a position to do so. Send someone to meetings on your behalf, and ask them to take notes. This will free up your time
Simplify your thinking
Are you worried all the time, and stressed out over seemingly nothing, which in turn makes you stressed? It is easy to form habits of thinking, and they are not easily changed. However positive changes do not take as much time to gain hold as negative ones. Make a point of taking five minutes in the morning after you wake up to meditate, and work up to ten minutes if you enjoy it. Create a task list for the day the night before, but write down three tasks at most, and focus solely on those. Address any irrational fears you may have and make a practice of confronting those regularly throughout your day. Ask yourself, what are you worried about? Money is a common worry. If it is yours, seek out financial advice and money-management books, or make a budget. Put a little more away in savings each month. We are often afraid to make the very changes that will make us feel better, so be brave and make one small change today.
Attracting simplicity in your life means streamlining your daily habits to make complication unlikely or impossible. Others may resist your commitment to change and try to lure you back into bad ways, but you must remember why you started to simplify your life in the first place. A simple life is a happy one.