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How many times in a day have you pondered, at least, for a few microseconds, about what it is that you really want to do or must be doing right now? Ever felt guilty at having spent more time on activities which in reality bear no connection in bringing you actual happiness? If you have answered yes to the two questions above then it’s time you make some adjustments to simplify your life.
Before you read further it is important that you first take the initiative and make a note of those aspects in your life that you would really like to change. Once done, keep that note aside and continue reading.
We often come across varied articles that offer to simplify your life in a few easy steps. Do you stop to think about those steps that are offered? Once you mull over that question you may realize that the steps are actually nothing but mere guides to answers that were already deeply rooted within you but for some reason were lost in the sands of time.
Here are a few tips that would help you to make a few positive changes in life.
1. Chalk out routines
Routines are important as they do help in streamlining your day-to-day activities. Routines become a habit which in turn simplifies your daily activities by making it a standard process. For something to become a habit it is important that it needs to penetrate the subconscious and become internalized.
Fact – A recent scientific study has proven that it takes up to 21 days for a routine action to turn into a habit.
2. Manage Time Properly
It is quintessential for one to manage their time effectively as poor time management results in a life that is stressful. Organize a to-do list that helps you in eliminating activities off your list in a step by step process
3. Set Priorities for Tasks
Start with tasks that are more important and gradually move on to activities that are not so critical.
Tip – you could break down your list of activities as follows which would help in segregating those actions which require your immediate attention from those that can wait
- A – A Group ‘A’ task needs to be tackled immediately
- B – A task featuring in B may be equally important but wait until A is completed.
- C – Important – to be completed in sequence after A and B
- D – Important – to be completed in sequence after A, B C and D etc.
4. Take a Break
Constant work pressure can reduce your thought process and decision-making capabilities. Taking breaks every 2 hours whilst at work refreshes your mind and acts as a safety valve that can release stress which if ignored can build up over the course of the day and leave you feeling sapped.
5. Divide and rule
Some projects and assignments can actually overwhelm any person. By breaking a huge task down into smaller projects, the activity itself becomes more approachable. Motivation derived once you finish each of these smaller portions of the project gives you a sense of accomplishment that urges you to gather to complete the given task at hand.
6. It is OK to say NO
Simplify your life by learning to say “No”. Most of us are scared to say ‘no’ as the word has a negative connotation attached. However, you need to condition your mind to the fact that ‘It is okay to say “no” ‘ especially at times when saying ‘yes’ can lead to more trouble coming your way. Saying ‘no’ helps you in setting expectations which invariably help you in enjoying life to the fullest.
7. Simplify your life by simplifying how you tackle house work
As a responsible parent one needs to ensure that their homes run smoothly. However, you also need to ensure at the same time that all members of the house pitch in when required. Dividing work amongst spouses and other older children will certainly make your domestic chores become less draining physically as well as emotionally.
8. Develop Effective Habits like below
- Start with being proactive
- Think positive
- Think Win-Win
- Learn to listen
- Learn to forgive forget and move on.
9. Maintain a healthy work life balance
Maintaining a healthy work-life balance will help you to simplify your life to a great extent as you learn to divide your time between activities that are crucial both on your career as well as your personal front.
10. Multitasking isn’t such a good idea after all
A lot of times you are expected to deliver results by multi-tasking. Multitasking for quicker results is a myth and isn’t such a good idea after all as it subconsciously pressurizes the brain to overperform with the fear of underdelivering looming overhead in case of a failure to complete an activity or task. Tackle one task at a time and you’ll be surprised at how much you can accomplish in a given day.
The next time you find yourself in a situation that stresses you out. Ask yourself a few questions as most of the time the answers that would simplify our life are invariable with us.