Life doesn’t have to be complicated or hard. When I decided to start living a simpler life, I followed 5 steps to create my simple life, and in this blog post, I’m going to share those steps with you.
But why try to simplify your life? What’s so good about living simply? There are so many benefits to living a simple life:
- More time to do the things you enjoy
- Less rushing, striving and stress
- Closer, more harmonious relationships because you have time and energy to spend with the people you love
- More energy
- More money in your pocket because you’re not spending it on useless stuff
This list is no where near exhaustive, but I believe these points are reasons enough to consider living a simpler life.
My Simple Life Keeps Me Grounded
An unexpected bonus of simplifying my life was the effect it had on my anxiety. It hasn’t eliminated it altogether, but I no longer suffer daily bouts of anxiety. Removing the unnecessary clutter and endless to-do lists have resulted in me becoming a calmer, more grounded person. And to me, that is reason enough to simplify.
So read on to find the 5 steps I took to create my simple life.
Step 1. Create A Vision
If you’re exploring how to live a simpler life, then my guess is you’re not happy with how your life looks now. So let’s start with creating a vision for how you want your life to be. Ask yourself questions like:
- How do I want to spend my days?
- Who do I want to spend more time with?
- What sort of person do I want to be?
- What does a perfect day look like to me?
When I created a vision for my simple life, it looked like this:
I want to spend my days living in a calm, peaceful home with people I love. I want to have time to spend with my husband and the ability to catch up with friends during the day without needing to feel stressed about falling behind in my work.
I want to be the sort of person who people love to be around because I’m calm. I want to be able to show real interest in other people’s wellbeing, instead of always managing the amount of time I can give my friends. I want to be a woman who is in control of her life, instead of being disorganised and anxious.
A perfect day is one that starts early but slowly, with a morning routine that allows me the time to read, write and journal. I want time to spend outdoors, time for physical activities like walking, gardening, yoga and cycling. I need time to prepare healthy food and eat it with the people I love. My perfect afternoon is spent working on my business, doing work that satisfies me and inspires others. To me, an ideal day is balanced; between work that fulfils me and creates a positive impact on other peoples lives, and time spent doing activities I enjoy. My perfect day does not contain anxiety.
The moment I wrote down my vision, my life began to change for the better. I knew what I wanted, and I had something to work towards.
Step 2. Establish Your Values
Knowing who you are and what you stand for goes a long way towards creating the kind of simpler life you crave. Your values are the things that you believe are important, they will help to provide boundaries for your new simpler life. Not barriers to keep you contained, but instead boundaries that will help you work out your priorities and let go of the things that no longer serve you.
Your values include:
What you will accept in your life and what you won’t.
For example, maybe in your new simpler life, you won’t accept toxic people who try to manipulate you. Or you may decide that you will no longer accept the mindset of “I’ll do it tomorrow” and will do tasks as they come up, instead of leaving them for another day.
The sort of person you want to be.
When I worked on my values, I knew I wanted to be a calmer woman. By establishing the value of “being calm,” I had to set boundaries around the sorts of food I ate, my social media consumption and the kind of TV I watched. It wasn’t easy at first, but once I stopped doing the things that made me anxious and unsettled, I started feeling better within myself. As a result, life got simpler.
What you believe in your heart to be true.
Do you have a spiritual belief that guides your actions? Do you believe that all people are created equal, or that animals are sentient beings and shouldn’t be eaten?
Values are the principles that give our life meaning. Once you’ve established your values, you will know what you stand for and how you want to live. Your values will also help you persevere when life gets tough because you know the right things to do (for you).
Step 4. Focus On Your Priorities
Establishing your values will help you define your life’s priorities. Your priorities are the things that are most important to you. These are the things that give your life meaning.
You have a big project deadline looming, and you know if you work late tonight you will be able to finish well before the deadline. However, your son has soccer practise this evening, and one of your values is that you are an attentive and present parent. Therefore, your priority is spending time with your children, so you easily make the decision to attend your son’s soccer practice. You reschedule your calendar and delegate some tasks so you can meet your deadline anyway.
Step 4. Define Your Why
Why do you want to live a simpler life? For me, this was the easiest step in creating my simple life. Here’s my why:
- I want to live a life that isn’t such a rollercoaster.
- I want to create a positive impact on people instead of being the messy friend all the time.
- I want to have more fun and more money
- I want to live up to my potential instead of always feeling stressed and anxious
- I know I can do better and I want to do better than this
Now it’s your turn; why do you want to simplify your life?
Step 5. Take Responsibility
And finally, once you’ve created your vision, defined your values and priorities; it’s up to you to take responsibility.
If you genuinely want to see a difference in your life, you need to take responsibility for:
- Your actions
- Your mindset
- Doing things to change your life for the better
- The way you behave
I Believe in you
I believe in you, my friend. If I can change my rollercoaster life to one of ease and simplicity, anyone can. Make the decision today and follow through. I hope the simple steps in this post help you get started on the journey to your own simple life. And here are a few more resources to help you:
Your simpler, more joyful and connected life is waiting for you. Start today, you will be so happy you did.