Every new year brings new opportunities. In fact, every new day brings greater opportunities. It becomes easier to conceptualize a fresh start when you standardize the time frame. This is the time of the year when we form resolutions to cultivate better lifestyles.
It’s not that our lifestyles are terrible. It’s more along the lines that we want our lives to be easier and much more put together. Am I right?
Simplicity can carry different meanings. It’s value is different from one person to the next. At its core, simplicity means ‘the quality or condition of being easy to do or understand’. How many of us can say we have a simple lifestyle by this definition?
A few. We are so multifaceted. Each component of our lives may overlap another at some point making it hard for us to live a simple life.
As you go into this new year, here is a list of 10 habits you can put in place that will make life simpler.
1. Create a vision board
If you talk to some of the most successful and wealthiest people. They all mention creating a vision board of some type. A vision board is a creation that depicts everything you desire for yourself. Some vision boards have pictures of house, cars, and properties. While others depict career and lifestyle goals. A vision board will help you put your desires into perspective and allows your mind to slow down. If you know exactly what you want your life to be, you can cut some of your indecisive habits in half.
2. Create a routine
Everyone is not a Type A personality. I get it. But, that doesn’t limit you from creating a routine that is suitable for your lifestyle. Routines actually decrease the amount of stress an average person has daily.
3. Say “no”
Don’t put yourself in a situation that will further complicate your life in the upcoming new year. It’s ok to say no.
4. Find a place for the things you use the most
Some of us are not the most organized. If we can find one designated area to put our most reached for objects, ie. remote, hairpins (these always go missing), chapstick, etc., we will make the most use of our time. Imagine how much time we waste searching for our hair ties? It’s quite a bit of time.
5. Be wise with your time
Check where you are spending most of your time, and assess if you should dedicate the time somewhere else.
6. Free up some space
This could mean decluttering your closet, dresser, or even computer space. Throughout the year we have collected some things that we don’t need anymore. Give those things away or trash them.
7. Reduce multitasking habits
Don’t feel the need to be in more than one place at a time. Or doing multiple things at once. Slow down and just be present.
8. Create a simplification affirmation
Affirmations are the greatest tools known to man. Create an affirmation that you will believe and practice. Ie: I enjoy my simple life because it provides me with all I need.
9. Take time for yourself
Doing for others is super altruistic and commendable but where is your “you time”? Create a space to meditate on yourself and the simplicity of your life
10. Reduce your spending habits
Do you need that thousand dollar pair of Christian Louboutin shoes? Don’t over complicate your life.
There are hundreds of items that could be on this list. Now, it’s time for you to share something you’ll do to simplify your life. Leave your comment below to add to the manifesto!