5 TIPS TO REMEMBER IN YOUR SEARCH FOR SIMPLICITY
Making changes in our life can be difficult, especially if we don’t know how or where to start. Check out this post for 5 tips to remember in your search for simplicity. They’ll help you make changes that are realistic, sustainable and impactful for you.
SIMPLE CAN BE HARDER THAN COMPLEX
This post isn’t about practical ways to simplify your life. It’s about some other points that I think are worth keeping in mind when you’re making those changes.
Finding easier, simpler ways of doing things isn’t always easy in itself. Although the ultimate aim is to live a life that’s fuller and more rewarding, just with less stuff and less stress, getting to that point can be a little daunting.
As Steve Jobs said “Simple can be harder than complex: You have to work hard to get your thinking clean to make it simple. But it’s worth it in the end because once you get there, you can move mountains.”
If your life is busy, complex and you’re juggling work, family, bills to pay and everything else that fills our diaries, hearts and minds, it can be difficult to untangle ourselves.
We can’t press the pause button on life whilst we figure out how to use the manual.
So, here are 5 tips to remember in your search for simplicity. Bear them in mind when you’re making changes and they might help make the transition to a simpler life a little easier for you.
5 TIPS TO REMEMBER IN YOUR SEARCH FOR SIMPLICITY
1. Don’t try to change everything all at once
If you’ve read some of my other posts on simple living, you’ll know that there are lots of different ways you can find simplicity in your every day.
Although they’ll all help, don’t feel you need to change everything all at once. Turning your life upside down isn’t the way to make things easier. All it will do is overwhelm, stress you out and put you off from carrying on.
Make one or two changes at a time. Give them time to sink in and make a real difference. Only then move onto the next change.
2. You don’t need to be first
There are no medals here for first place. Making all the changes you need to make so you can tick them off and say you’re first won’t help you in the long run.
As with the story of the tortoise and the hare, making slow and steady progress is far more important than whether you cross the finishing line first.
By slowing down you’re allowing yourself to not only make the changes, but to feel them too. You’ll know whether the changes you’re making are really adding value. You can give yourself time to adjust to them and to tweak them to suit you and your lifestyle.
The benefits of simplifying your life tend to be more impactful and long-lasting if you take them slowly and intentionally.
3. Prioritise your changes
I’m not sure if you’ve read the story of how I simplified my life. If not, you can read it here. Simplifying my life was important to me because I was tired of juggling work and family. I struggled being all things to all people and something needed to change.
My motivation for this change might be different to yours. We all have different stresses, worries, responsibilities and tipping points. Therefore, the changes you need to make (and the order you make them in) might look different to mine.
I began by decluttering my wardrobe and the toys and setting up routines to keep my home clean and tidy. These were the things that stressed me out every day so they were the areas of my life that I addressed first.
- If you’re in debt and have financial difficulties, this might be your first step.
- You might be always on the go, but still not getting things done. Time management might become your best friend.
- You might be struggling with mental health issues or low self-esteem. Make self-care a priority.
Different people need different things at different times. Identify what you need right now and make steps to help yourself with that right now as a priority. Other changes can wait…
4. Be realistic with your expectations
Simplicity and the concept of ‘less stuff, more life’ has been a life-changing journey for me. It’s made my life easier, fuller, freer, happier and less stressful. I’ve been able to do and enjoy more because I haven’t been tied to my home or my To Do list.
That being said, simplifying my life hasn’t been like waving a magic wand. Things still go wrong or not quite as planned and I haven’t managed to simplify everything. I still have crazy, chaotic times with the kids, deadlines at work, financial and health struggles and times when I’ve had enough.
It’s important to be realistic about what you can and can’t change. Forget perfection and getting things 100% right.
For me, it’s been about making things easier, appreciating all that I have instead of constantly wanting more and finding balance through simplicity.
Let me know in the comments what simplifying your life means to you…
5. Move on if something’s not working
On my blog you’ll find lots of tips that I think might help simplify your life. Although I encourage you to try them all, to go slow and steady, prioritise the changes that will be most helpful to you and to be realistic, there are times when you might get stuck.
If you hit an obstacle, don’t let it throw you. Just change direction, try something else and come back to it later when you’ve got fresh eyes and a fresh mind. Remember what you found difficult, and why, so you can approach the project differently next time.
Just because something’s not working for you one day, it doesn’t mean it won’t work tomorrow.
SHARE YOUR THOUGHTS
I hope you found this post helpful. Making changes isn’t easy, especially if we’re struggling, not sure what’s wrong or even what needs to change. Simplifying our complicated lives is a process, mostly of trial and error, not a final destination.
I’d love to encourage you to try new things, to keep going if you’re struggling and to give you some support if you feel you’re alone.
Find your own path, learn what works for you, do more of it and above all – keep it simple.
Drop me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any thoughts, feedback or ideas to share.
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