Seven Ways to Simplify Your Life


Who couldn't do with more time? We all have hectic lives and it can seem that we're always running from place to place without ever actually getting anything accomplished. Sometimes we just need to take a step back and reassess what's really important. Most people dream of living a simple life with less stress – I know I do. So here are seven ways I've found to help you simplify your life.

1. Declutter your living space. 
The best way to simplify your life is to simplify your surroundings – a tidy home equals a tidy mind, and no-one can live their best life while they're surrounded by piles of clutter. Start with just one room, throw (or give) away anything you don't really need and put everything else away tidily. Once all the clutter is gone, you'll instantly notice the positive difference it brings to your life.

2. Say NO more. 
You don't have to accept every invitation you receive. Learn to start turning down appointments and events you don't really want to attend and spend some quality time alone or with your family. Read a book, have a hot bath, indulge in a hobby – whatever makes you feel good and helps you to relax.

3. Plan your meals. 
Planning your dinners for the week ahead and buying the ingredients in advance will save you time and money in the long run, and stop you from ordering that unhealthy takeaway when you get home from work starving and there's nothing in the fridge. You could even prep some of the meals and keep them in the freezer for convenience. Read my meal planning post here.

4. Delete online clutter. 
You see those 852 unread emails sitting in your inbox? Delete them. No, you're never going to get around to reading them. And while you're at it, turn off your phone notifications – you don't need to know every time one of your friends updates their Facebook status or likes your tweet; you'll see that next time you log in. You could also try deleting a couple of social media sites that waste a lot of your time without adding any value to your life.

5. Work out regularly. 
It's not only good for the body, but will help to alleviate any mental clutter too. It's even better if you can exercise outside in nature. Even just a brisk 10-15 minute walk in the park will clear your head and make you feel so much better.

6. Stop multitasking. 
I probably need to take my own advice here. Concentrate on one task at a time and see it through to the end before moving on to the next. You'll get much more done this way than if you try to juggle several things at once.

7. Learn to let go. 
Stop worrying about things you can't change and obsessing over every possible outcome of a situation. Be in the moment; put your phone away while you're out with friends or take up a new hobby that you can completely lose yourself in. Practise mindfulness. Meditation could help with this – there are literally hundreds of guided meditations on YouTube to get you started.

Do you have anything to add to this list? Leave your tips in the comments below!






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  1. These are good tips, I really need to implement 1,5 and 7! I always try to plan my meals and know if I took that extra time I'm usually spending rewatching something on Netflix, it would make me feel way better.

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  2. This is a fantastic list Nicola! I definitely agree, a simple life is a much more enjoyable life. I've recently started planning my meals and only buying the ingredients I actually need, it's such a fab way to avoid waste and stressing about what to cook everyday plus it encourages me to eat better too! Dealing with online clutter has been my mission for the month. I'm unsubscribing to loads of e-mails as well as replying quicker to the important ones so they don't pile up. 100% yessss to saying no more and making more time for the things and people we love. Lovely post, thanks for sharing! <3 xx

    Bexa | www.hellobexa.com

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  3. This is awesome! I just recently decluttered my bedroom, and it's made so much difference. Something I need to do now is declutter my email inbox :D I love planning my meals and often make more than needed, so I can put some in the freezer and keep it for lazy days when I don't feel like cooking!

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  4. Love this I really need to start saying no more and also declutter but find the declutter so hard 😩 an amazing post well done ❤️

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  5. Love this. Such good points to live by! I am really putting a lot of effort into changing my mind-set and 'letting things go' at the moment! Meditation has helped so much and I love the Headspace app to guide me through it. This is a great post, thank you for sharing :) xx

    www.thediaryofrebecca.com

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  6. It's a good reminder. I will be making more effort.

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  7. These are some really great tips! It's so easy for clutter to build up, both in our homes and our lives in general and stepping back to put of these practices into place will probably free up a lot of time! Thanks so much for the inspiration!

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  8. Great tips!! Would try to live by it everyday!!

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  9. This is a fantastic list Nicola. I know my mind feels a lot better after any decluttering session and I've recently starting cooking at home again. Meal planning not only helps you stay healthy but can also save you money. As for digital clutter - my inbox is atrocious!

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  10. This is a great post with great advice! I couldn't agree more with decluttering, it really makes a difference!

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