In a world that seems to be increasingly complicated, achieving simplicity in life can seem like a far-off dream. However, when it comes down to it, simplifying life is all about maximizing your resources (time, energy, money) by focusing on what matters most to you. You don’t have to forgo all of your possessions or move to a remote village by the sea to achieve a simple life. Rather, you just need to understand what you enjoy in life, what inspires and excites you, and focus your energy towards those areas! When you do, you’ll experience a wide range of benefits, including:
Regardless of who we are or where we’re from, we all only have 24 hours each day. In our lives, many of us experience time stress–the feeling that we never have enough time to do all of the things we want. Even though time itself can’t be purchased, there are lots of ways that we can enhance the time that we are given.
Consider outsourcing tasks that you don’t enjoy. By putting your financial resources towards completing a task that you dread, you can free up your schedule and save yourself the mental toll of completing the task yourself. Don’t enjoy cooking? Try a meal subscription service. Hate cleaning your home? Hire a professional cleaner (even just once a month!) Whether it’s doing your laundry to managing your work schedule, there are many great resources that can help you maximize the hours in your day and reduce time stress.
Greater Life Satisfaction
Research has discovered that individuals who put resources towards saving time and pursuing simplicity reported 23% greater life satisfaction. This is in part due to their increased mindfulness. Mindfulness allows us to recognize and actively engage with our unique priorities and passions. By focusing on what really matters to us, we can be more present in our daily lives and feel a deeper sense of appreciation for what we have.
In addition to increasing positive feelings, allocating our resources to simplify our lives lowers the time we spend on negative emotions. When we aren’t overbooked with tasks that we don’t like, we have more time to relax, sleep, and focus on our mental well-being. By simplifying our schedule, we increase our ability to fight stress and promote healthy living habits!
Part of simplifying our lives is understanding that we don’t need to bog ourselves down with lots of physical purchases. Instead of buying the newest fashion trends of the season, we can save money for a rainy day. When we lower the amount we purchase, we save money, enjoy what we already have, and overall feel less financial stress.
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