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23 Small Ways to Make Life Simpler

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“Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.”
Leonardo da Vinci

“The aspects of what is most important to us are hidden because of its simplicity and familiarity.”
Ludwig Wittgenstein

I love to keep my life simple. This will make your work more efficient and reduce the stress in your life. It makes me calm and happy. And it just makes life easier.

But where do you start? Or do you continue if you’ve already left?

In this week’s article, I’d like to share 23 small habits that can help you live a simpler life.

Pick one of these to start with and keep going until it becomes a permanent part of your life.

1. Breathe.

When you’re stressed, confused about a problem (or mistake), or thinking about the past or the future in your mind, take two minutes of belly breathing to allow the air to move in and out. just concentrate.

These deep breaths calm your body and bring your mind back into the present moment again.

2. Do one thing at a time.

You’ll have better results, feel better, and be less stressed while doing these things.

3. Write everything down.

Use your mind for better things than remembering what to do. And the mind is often like a leaky bucket.

So write down all your great ideas, insights and thoughts before they disappear and add them to your to-do list.

4. Do all your grocery shopping once a week.

It saves you time, energy, and in my experience money.

5. Stop trying to do things perfectly.

it just gets you stuck deplete one’s self-esteem.

Instead, put in enough effort, and when you get there, you’re done. Get things to the end in this way, then move on to the next.

6. Stop doing things you don’t want to do.

Life changes, and so do you.

If you don’t like doing something anymore, stop doing it (even if it takes a while to do so, perhaps by changing jobs).

7. Pack your things before going to bed.

That way, you won’t have to stress about it in the morning, and you’re less likely to forget something.

8. Throw away anything you haven’t used in a year.

Examine what you have and ask yourself if you have used it in the past year. If not, give it away to charity, a friend, or just throw it away. Life tends to be simpler when you have less stuff.

9. Ask yourself a simple question every day.

Questions like:

  • What is the most important thing I can do right now?
  • What small steps can be taken to simplify this situation?

10. Store everything in place.

It’s much easier to keep your home reasonably organized every day when everything has its own place.

This can also help you maintain inner calm, as your outer environment affects your inner mood.

11. Make more food than you eat.

We usually make 4 or more servings of what we are about to eat. This means less time spent cooking and generally less washing up.

Additionally, to save money, it’s a good idea to bring small portions of food to work.

12. Write a short email.

I tend to write emails that contain only a few sentences, usually 1-5 sentences. If you focus on short and focused writing, you’ll find this to be a good solution in most cases.

13. Ask questions instead of guessing.

It’s hard to read minds. So ask questions and communicate instead.

Doing so will minimize unnecessary conflicts, misunderstandings, negative thoughts, and wasted time and energy.

14. Use minimal workspace.

My workspace has a large monitor and laptop on an adjustable standing desk. I use a comfortable chair and have space next to my computer for a glass of water.

that’s it. There are no distractions here. Just me, my computer and water.

15. Check everything only once a day.

I check my email inbox, blog stats, online earnings, Twitter, and Facebook just once a day.

I combine all of these checks into one small daily ritual at the end of work so that I don’t waste energy and attention going to check more during the day.

16. Choose small acts of kindness every day.

Not an act of petty judgment or criticism of those around you (and yourself).

17. Stop trying to please everyone.

There will always be people who don’t get along or who don’t like you for some reason.

18. Don’t build mountains out of molehills.

Before you overthink anything and start building something big in your head, ask yourself:

Are we building mountains out of molehills here?

If you find yourself in victim thinking, ask yourself:

Is there anyone on earth in a worse situation than I am right now?

19. Spend 10-15 minutes every Sunday or Monday morning planning your week.

Write down your plans for the week, organize your high-priority to-do list, and get ready for the week ahead of all the work.

That way, you’ll have more clarity, get more done with the most important things next week, and minimize stress.

20. Cancel unwanted subscriptions.

Like me, you probably subscribe to various newsletters, social media accounts, and streaming services, but you rarely watch or read them anyway.

To clean up your inbox and social media streams, cancel them. Plus, you might save money.

21. Spend more time with people who help you keep things simple.

And spend less time with people who overcomplicate everything and drag you into creating unnecessary drama, or move forward and stay away. A healthy or unhealthy relationship can have a big impact on you, so choose wisely.

22. Don’t say that often anymore.

If you feel overwhelmed by life, you may need to say “no” more often.

to others. and to yourself.

To free up more time and space for the family life, health and hobbies that matter most to you and your well-being.

23. Set limits on digital distractions.

Put your phone in another room when you are playing with family or friends, working, or watching TV.

Keeping your phone out of reach is the simplest and most effective habit I’ve found to reduce screen time, reduce stress levels and negative thoughts, and increase your time during the week.

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