7 WAYS TO SIMPLIFY YOUR LIFE
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1. TAKE ONE THING AT A TIME.
The simplest and best way to start reducing your stress is to focus as much as possible on doing one thing at a time. Clear your desk of distractions and pick something on which to work. If you need to write a report, do only that. Remove distractions such as phones and email notifications while you’re working on that report, unless you are a true multi-tasker. If you’re going to do email, do only that. It takes some practice to pace yourself, and you’ll most likely get urges to do other things, but it can be done!
2. TRIM DOWN YOUR SCHEDULE.
Learn how to differentiate between what is important and what is essential. A hectic schedule is a major cause of high stress, so simplify your schedule by reducing the number of commitments in your life to just the essential ones. Say no to the rest, and slowly get out of commitments that just aren’t beneficial to you. Schedule only a few important things each day, and put a little space between them. Get out of meetings when they aren’t absolutely essential…the world can actually survive without you for a few minutes… leave some room in your life for down time and especially for fun. And remember that it won’t kill you to say “no”!
3. TRY DOING SOMETHING CALMING EVERY DAY.
Find the thing which you enjoy doing that also calms you down, and do it every day if you can. For many people it’s some kind of exercise, but it could also be taking a nap, or a bath, or reading, or whatever. Some people are calmed by doing housework or gardening or yard work. Other people like to meditate, or take a nature walk…what calms one person down may stress out someone else, so you have to find your place of peace, and allow others to find theirs and honor it.
4. TRAIN YOURSELF TO SIMPLIFY YOUR FINANCES.
Finances can be a huge drain on your energy and a major stressor. If that’s the case with you, figure out ways to simplify things, such as automated savings and bill payments and debt payments. Spend less…you don’t have to buy everything you want…and if you have a question about buying something, you probably shouldn’t. Don’t fall for the “deceitfulness of riches”. Find ways to have fun that don’t involve spending money. Money (Mammon) is supposed to serve you…not the other way around!
5. TONE DOWN THE CLUTTER.
Go through a room at the time, and get rid of the stuff you don’t use or need anymore. Look around at anything that’s cluttering up a room, and get rid of it or find a better place for it. You may even have stuff that would be a blessing to someone else. When you’re done you’ll have a nice, peaceful environment for work, play, and living. Do this a little at a time, and see it as something fun to do!
6. TREAT YOURSELF TO THE LUXURY OF BEING EARLY.
Being late can be very stressful. Try to leave earlier by getting ready earlier, or by scheduling more space between events. Things seem to always take longer than normal, so schedule some buffer time…extra time to get ready…to commute…to do errands before you need to be somewhere…to attend a meeting before another scheduled appointment. If you get somewhere early, especially first thing in the morning, you set the tone for the whole day!
7. TRUST IN GOD.
Trust God from the bottom of your heart; don’t try to figure out everything on your own. Listen for God’s voice in everything you do, everywhere you go; he’s the one who will keep you on track. (Proverbs 3:5, 6 – The Message)