Here are 43 ways to simplify your life and save time and energy for the things that really matter…..

1. Turn off your cell phone.

2. Process email only twice a day.  (If only that were possible in my day to day job life)
3. Go to bed early.
4. Get rid of (or at least reduce) commitments that you do out of obligation.
5. Create a weekly meal plan.
6. Automate your finances.
7. Purge as much unneeded clutter as possible.
8. Keep your paper shredder on top of your recycling bin.
9. Add items you want to a wish list as you think of them.
10. Get a label maker or write labels out by hand.
11. Set your clothes out for the next day the night before.
12. Make your lunch for the next day the night before.
13. Make time to catch up with an old friend.
14. Just say no.
15. Ask for experiences not things for your birthday and Christmas this year.
16. Tell the truth.
17. Keep your list of addresses and phone numbers up to date.
18. Consolidate debt.  19. Create an organizing system that works for you.
20. Keep a bag for garbage in your car.
21. Carry a notebook and pen with you where ever you go.
22. Unsubscribe from emails, newsletters or RSS feeds that don’t provide value anymore.
23. Apologize immediately when you realize you’ve done wrong.
24. Enjoy the present moment as much as you can.
25. Take time to really see the little things in life.
26. Reduce the amount of TV you watch.
27. Get outside.
28. Create morning, daytime, and evening routines.
29. Ask for help.
30. Do things at home as much as possible (eat, date nights, entertain etc.).
31. Don’t get caught up in other people’s drama.
32. Let go of the self-imposed need to be perfect.
33. Focus on a simple, but healthy, eating plan.
34. Share responsibilities.
35. Reduce your wardrobe to a few versatile items.
36. Be positive.
37. Start a gratitude journal.
38. Finish old tasks before taking on new ones.
39. For every new item that enters your home set two free.
40. Want what you have not what you don’t.
41. Revisit what you carry with you in your purse or wallet.
42. Focus on one thing at a time.
43. Store new garbage bags at the bottom of your garbage can.

Sources: Zen Family Habits January 26, 2010

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4 Comments on 43 ways to simplify your life

  1. Lynette
    5 October 2011 at 12:22 (10 years ago)

    All to true…now I must just learn to to get caught up in other people’s dramas;-)

  2. Shybiker
    5 October 2011 at 13:45 (10 years ago)

    Good advice. I need to follow several of these.

    Modern life is so demanding and hectic; it isn’t a surprise many of us are miserable. And yet, we live in a time of abundant resources and relative leisure, so we have only ourselves to blame.

  3. Noleen
    6 October 2011 at 07:23 (10 years ago)

    Some really good tips here Wends – thanks for sharing! Love you xxx