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Daily Simplicity: 10 Habits That Will Make Your Life Lighter

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

I do love to keep things simple.

Why?

One simple reason and one the most important ones for me is that simplicity reduces the heaviness in life.

It makes it lighter, no to stressful or energy draining as it once might have been.

So today I would like to share 10 daily habits that make my life simpler and lighter. I hope you’ll find something useful for your own life among these habits.

  1. Use a minimalistic workspace. My work space is just a laptop on a small black desk made out of wood. I use a comfy chair and there is room for my glass of water beside the computer. That’s it. There are no distractions here. This makes it easier to write and to keep a clear mind.
  2. Cook more food than you’ll eat. We usually make 4-6 servings of what we are about to eat. This cuts down on time that you spend on cooking and you’ll have to do less washing up in general. Plus, you’ll have lunch for the day after. And sometimes a portion or two to put in the freezer. And that really comes in handy on those evenings when you don’t feel like cooking.
  3. Write shorter emails. I tend to write emails containing only a few sentences, usually between one and five. In some cases I write more of course. But keeping this guideline in mind cuts down on the time and energy is spend on processing emails.
  4. Be 10 or 5 minutes early for meetings and appointments. This will help you to make your time of travel into a sort of break and a time of relaxation. Instead of it being another thing that ramps up the stress. And you will not be late.
  5. Spend only 20% of your time on dwelling on a problem. And 80% of your time focusing on a solution. Instead of the other way around. It is not always easy to do but keeping this thought in mind makes it easier to not fall into the trap of feeling like a victim or going down a spiral of perceived powerlessness.
  6. Stop trying to do things perfectly. Go for good enough instead and when you are there you are done. Get things all the way to done this way and then move on to the next thing. Setting this more human bar for yourself not only leads to more things actually being finished but also helps with keeping your self-esteem on a healthy level. Perfectionism makes it pretty impossible to find or maintain high self-esteem.
  7. Eat slower. Make your lunch time a time of relaxation rather than a time to just add to the stress of your morning. One thing that works well to slow down when eating is to put down the fork between bites.
  8. Enjoy the simple pleasures. A pear. Fresh and clean bed sheets. A hug and kiss. Holding hands. A laugh with friends. The sun and blossoming nature after a long and cold winter.
  9. Write everything down. Pretty much everyone’s memory is leaky. So help yourself. Write down what you need to do or shop for today. Write down your ideas before they fly away. Write down the one habit or area you are focusing on right now in your life and put that note where you can see it every day. Like on your bedside table or bathroom mirror.
  10. Breathe. When you are stressed, lost in a problem or the past or future in your mind breathe with your belly for a minute or two and just focus on the air going in and out. This will calm your body down and bring your mind back into the present moment again. And it is actually sometimes enough to just do this for a 20-30 seconds to create remarkable effect inside of yourself.

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  • Sue April 16, 2013, 5:29 pm

    I do 2, 4. and 8. I find it is great to cook and freeze things as like you say I only have to cook once and I eat 3/4 times for that. Also by using one pot that makes things even simpler. It is also great when you go out as when you get back (providing you’ve remembered to remove the item fro the freezer) the meal is waiting.

  • Jason Sells Oregon Homes April 16, 2013, 11:05 pm

    Good points, Im a realtor who works 70 hours a week currently, and Im always looking for ways to relax and produce harmony in my life. My biggest have been: Taking longer lunches in relaxed environments, focusing on one task at a time, taking 5 to 10min breaks between tasks and making sure Im never in a gray zone. When Im working, I bust it. When Im at home, Im focused on my family. Thanks for the post Henrik.

  • Rocky Guloy April 17, 2013, 6:10 am

    Simplicity is the key to everything !

  • Ed April 17, 2013, 6:14 pm

    The concept of KISS (Keep it Simple Stupid) has always been my favorite model to live by. In most things I have observed in life simplicity allows for happier times, more efficiency, and less stress. However, sometimes us humans need to over complicate things. Great article!

  • Maria April 18, 2013, 1:11 pm

    Love it, this is just what I needed. I know I’m guilty of making life complicated, I constantly think to myself ‘surely it can’t be that simple’ when it often times is. Thanks for opening my eyes :)

  • Nick Goodall April 21, 2013, 3:07 pm

    Environment is such an important variable, in fact once a week (Sunday, today), I take time to clear everything up and get a clean, sleek and sharp workspace. It helps me so much with productivity.

    While I think most of those are great (I practice them myself), writing shorter emails for me is subjective to the situation. If someone is showing appreciation for what I do, I’ll take the time and energy to submit a decent response. But on the other hand, if somebody has written me a one-liner, I won’t take the time to write them an essay…

    Some really useful ideas here, Henrik!

  • Anonymous April 30, 2013, 8:11 pm

    One More Point , which i can suggest is Appreciate yourself if you have done something good.Forgive yourself, if you have unintentionally done something wrong and if you are bit spiritual pay gratitude towards your almighty .For watever he has given you , because belief and Trust can remarkably change your life.
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