Simplicity is the key

Simplicity is the key to a happy, carefree life.
It’s not about having less or doing less. 
It’s about changing your core belief from needing to do, be, have everything – to being happy with just what you need.
If you stop and think about every aspect of your life, there are so many things that can be simplified.  And believe me, the less you have on your plate – and the less drama involved in all areas of your life – the better!

But why does simplicity feel so good?

As Tom Butta says ‘Simplicity is a faster way to get to whatever or wherever you want to’.
For me, it’a about freeing up some time and energy.  Complication and high maintenance is not something that I allow in my life.  
When I work with my PSYCH-K clients, we set a clear intention to having a simple and effectivce session.
The key is to set the intention.  Once that happens, not only do you gravitate towards simple solutions/ideas/tasks but you will start to notice ways to simplify what you are already doing.
It’s amazing just how good you can feel when things are quick, easy and simple in your life!

How do I get started?

Simplifying is a form of minimalization and removing clutter from your life – both physical and mental clutter.
Again, it’s not about having or doing less – it’s about being smart about it.  
Here are some ways that you can start to simplify your life:
  • Have a quick morning routine – and make it achievable. Don’t try and fit too much in.
  • Write a list each day of what you would like to achieve. It’s more effective when you write it on paper.
  • Find a group of recipes that you and your family love.  Recipes that are quick and easy are perfect.
  • Start to meal plan 
  • Have a shopping list and stick to it
  • Even better – order your groceries online so they are delivered to you.
  • Go through your wardrobe and clean out 1/ anything that doesn’t fit 2/ anything you don’t like 3/ anything you haven’t worn in the last 12 months.
  • Work our your fashion/style.  We change as we get older – I tend to wear the same kind of clothes every day so stick to those.  Then I donated the rest to charity.
  • Unless it’s worth a lot of money, donate donate donate!  Selling online can be time consuming and means your house can remain cluttered and untidy which defeats the purpose. Plus, you’ve just created more work when you are trying to simplify.
  • Think about all of the things you do at home and see if there’s anything you can either let go, change to it’s easier or get someone else to do.
  • Learn to say no.  It’s the most powerful and important word that you will use.
  • Purge your house of clutter and unwanted items.  Being surrounded by ‘stuff’ is overwhelming.  It’s best to have just what you need and nothing more.
  • Be mindful when shopping.  Only buy what you need and what you love.  Don’t just buy for the sake of it.
  • Simplify and unclutter your inbox – go through and unsubscribe from all of the emails you get but never open.
  • Change your intent to simplifying your life and everything you do.  Once you change your intent you will start to actively look at ways to simplify.
  • Look at your friends and social circles.  We all have people in our lives that are what I call Energy Vampires.  You know, the ones with all the drama than drain you when you are together.  Or the ones that only see you when they need help. Sometimes it’s time to let people go and move on.
  • Set strong boundaries with your family and friends.  And stick to them.  That is the best way to save time and energy
  • Remove drama from your life in every area.  From home, work, social circles, friends, family.  
There are so many ways you can start to simplify your life.   The most important thing is to set the intention.  Once you become aware, you will notice more and more ways to cut down.  
Personally, I love my simple life.  Very little drama and plenty of time to do everything – and even have the odd day watching Netflix.
The most important thing is to make a start.  It will take time – it’s like a muscle that needs to be built.  I promise though, that once you get started the amazing difference will be worth it x
References:
  1. https://www.huffpost.com/entry/simplicity-complexity_b_2689267
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