10 Ways To Simplify Your Life

Remove clutter and distractions from your daily life

You may be sceptical, but it is possible to have simplicity in your life. Do you ever feel that you would enjoy life a little more if it wasn’t so hectic? In most cases I find that clients can make their lives much simpler and more enjoyable, by removing the things from their life that don’t matter and replacing them with the things that do. If you’re looking to simplify your life, a few habits practised daily can make a massive difference.

Simplify your life by Remove clutter and distractions:

  1. Don’t put it down, put it away!!. It’s possible to prevent most of the clutter in your home by putting things away when you’ve finished using them. Everything that you have to pick up and put away is something that someone failed to put back in the proper place. The basis for this tip came Francine Stanley, who commented on a previous article ‘8 Simple Tips to Supercharge Your Productivity’ that “When my children were young, I used to tell them, “Don’t put it down, put it away.” Perhaps this is a rule that you could enforce with all members of your family.
  2. Pay your bills regularly. Stay on top of your bills and avoid late fees by setting aside a set amount of time either weekly or monthly to pay bills. You may not realise it, but outstanding bills weigh heavily on the mind. Take care of them regularly.
  3. Keep your fuel tank at least half-full. We have all experienced the frustration of needing to refuel when we’re in a hurry. If your tank is always at least half-full, you can get fuel at your leisure. How convenient! You’ll also have a buffer if you’re running low on cash.
  4. Think like a Scout and be prepared. It’s vital that you try to build an emergency cash fund, any financial hiccup feels like a catastrophe if you don’t have any savings. Start by saving whatever you can. A small emergency fund can make a huge difference and it will help you to sleep better at night.
  5. Spend 15 minutes tidying the house each night. Make it a family ritual. Set a timer for 15 minutes and have a competition to see who can get the most done.
  6. Declutter one drawer or cupboard each day. Clutter begins in those areas that you can’t always see and then when it can no longer be contained it spreads to other areas of the house. Declutter drawers and cupboards on a regular basis and get rid of the items you no longer need.
  7. Create a basic filing system. At the very least, assign a file drawer in a desk as the home of your filing system. There are also portable containers that hold file folders. Organize your important papers, paid and unpaid bills, and anything else that needs to be saved.
  8. Reduce your television time. Eliminating one television show from your life and use the time for something more enjoyable or constructive can be hugely beneficial. Be creative, what could you do with the time?
  9. Put the technology away for at least an hour each night. Put your phone, tablet and coputer away and interact with your immediate environment. Maybe you could read a book on simplicity.
  10. Get ready for tomorrow, tonight. Rather than rushing around first thing in the morning, give yourself a more relaxed start to the day. Instead of making lunches and searching for papers or clean clothes, get everything ready the evening before. Your mornings will be much more peaceful and being late will become a distant memory.

You may have noticed that in order to simplify your life, you need to be doing a few simple things each day? It only takes a few, new habits to enhance your life and create a greater sense of well-being. Simplicity doesn’t require a complicated system, in fact simplicity should be well, simple.

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Mike Gardner is The Time Doctor

Mike Gardner aka ‘The Time Doctor’ and is highly regarded as one of the UK’s leading Time Management and productivity specialists. As well as being regularly featured in both online and off-line media outlets around the world, he is the author of the best selling time management book, Business Owners: Your Family Misses You. He regularly speaks on topics that are congruent with his mission of helping small business owners, entrepreneurs and independent professionals to be incredibly productive, whilst still balancing their business and family commitments in a way that enables them to feel fulfilled and guilt-free. He is an avid Aston Villa fan, a Dad to Neil & Emma, a hubby to Wendy and in his role as an Officer with the reserve forces, he has completed operational tours of Iraq and Afghanistan.

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26 thoughts on “10 Ways To Simplify Your Life

  1. Hi Mike

    Your post caught my eye (from Tasleem’s blog) because I’ve recently been having my OWN de-clutter, and it felt great.

    But what I didn’t do is the bit you mention above “replace them with things that do” (matter). Not going into specifics as it may not happen, but there is a very big gap in my life at the moment and your tweetable quote got me thinking…..

    One tip I would add – to the 15 minute tidy up rule – is to make it more palatable with a portable radio or iPlayer or whatever. If you find a broadcast you enjoy, you may even spend more than 15 minutes de-cluttering. Now there’s a bonus!

    Enjoy the rest of your week, Joy
    Joy Healey recently posted…De-ClutteringMy Profile

    • Thanks Sue, as with most things in life, many of our pressures are indeed self inflicted, but it is also true that 20% of our efforts account for 80% of our results so a lot of it comes down to focus and prioritisation

  2. Hi Mike,

    I can’t tell you how effective it has been for me (and less hectic in the morning) by making sure I stack the dishwasher each night before retiring for the evening.

    I can’t even begin to tell you how luxurious it feels to get up in the morning without a sink full of dishes. It may sound simple, but it’s the reason my mornings start out productive!

    I don’t have this nagging feeling that I’m forgetting to do something. 🙂

    – Bonnie
    P.S. Love the tips! Super simple to follow and so effective!!

    By the way — your commentluv didn’t work for me. I got this error, “Error. Parsing JSON Request failed. error! not authorized 8934b645de”.

    • Thanks Bonnie, it’s the little things that make all the difference, not sure why comment love never worked for you, it does have a funny moment every now and again for some reason known only to itself

  3. Great tips, I thankfully do must of them, but it is great to have a reminder. There are some I don’t do like tips number 5 and 6. But since I put everything away once I have finished I don’t create that much clutter. 🙂

    Tasleem
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  4. Thanks Mike for sharing. These are very helpful tips. I need to practice a few of them each day. I specifically like tips 1,2,3 & 9 very much. Please can you explain the reason for interaction with my immediate environment in tip 9?

    • Thanks for your comment, by “interaction with your immediate environment” i mean to take notice of what is going on around you as opposed to what is on your screen, it is the start of practising mindfulness, hope that helps

  5. I love number 5–how fun! I really need to work on number 1. The piles of things that accumulate on my desk and in drawers are astonishing sometimes! The one I’ve really adhered to while living in the Netherlands is number 8; I’ve decreased my TV time to 1/10 of what I watched in the U.S. Now that I’m moving back, I’m going to try to keep it to one show per day and be very selective!