Tuesday,21 November, 2017
Current issue | Issue 1334, (2 - 8 March 2017)
Tuesday,21 November, 2017
Issue 1334, (2 - 8 March 2017)

Ahram Weekly

Simplifying your life

Let’s talk about better living! Our interactive family corner aims to expand our lifestyle horizons with practical little pearls of wisdom from the editor and input from our readers

 Simplifying your life
Simplifying your life

“Life is actually really simple, but we insist on making it complicated” – Confucius

Want to live a simpler life and to create a life of satisfaction and optimism? Sometimes think you’re busy when all you really are is disorganised? You’re not alone. What you need to do is take action now and move ahead on your journey to living a simpler life.

No doubt simplicity brings balance and freedom, but getting to simplicity isn’t always a simple process as it’s a practice and not a destination. When you start to live simply and experience its benefits, you may well also begin to ask yourself where else in your life you can remove distraction and focus on the essentials.

Here are some practical tips to help you simplify your life and enjoy a more balanced lifestyle:

- Limit screen time. Focusing attention on television, films, video games and technology can affect your life negatively. The media rearranges your values, and it can have a profound impact on your attitude and outlook.

- Reduce your goals. By reducing the number of goals that you are striving to accomplish, you will improve your focus and success rate.

- Prioritise your to do list. Put first things first. Make a short list of the things that are really important to you and keep that list to no more than seven really important things. Simplifying starts with the realisation that a lot of what you do is actually not that important to you.

- Get rid of negative thoughts. Anger, bitterness, hate and jealousy have never improved the quality of anyone’s life. Forgive past hurts and replace negative thoughts with positive ones.

- Stop multi-tasking. Handle one task at a time. Do it well, and when it’s complete move on to the next. Research indicates that multi-tasking increases stress and lowers productivity.

- Declutter your life. Don’t say you don’t have time. Make that time and clear out the clutter, remove non-essential possessions from your life, reorganise your home, your work space, your fridge and your relationships as well.

- Understand the power of saying no. It’s a good thing to be helping other people out, but sometimes you have to say “sorry I can’t do it.” Relationships with others are good, but constant streams of distraction are bad. Only take on what you can do comfortably and well.

- Rearrange your online life. Organising your use of technology could save you hours. Though computers are supposed to make things simpler, they often have the opposite effect.

- Make your own rules. Release yourself from time commitments like work, home, children’s activities, community events and so on that are not in line with your most important values. It’s your life, so set your own guidelines and give yourself adequate “me time”.

- Redistribute your work and outsource where you can. This doesn’t only apply to the workplace: It’s important at home as well. Get help when you need it and don’t take on everything yourself.

- And finally always look for the simplest path to start living a simpler life.

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