Life can be pretty challenging sometimes, and if we can find ways to make everything that much easier, then we need to grab them and utilize them as much as possible. Sometimes it’s about what you don’t do, rather than what you actually do, and the following tips and suggestions could help you to change your life for the better.
Find What’s Important
With such busy lives, time management can really be an issue. That’s because people tend to look at time in the wrong kind of way – we think of each minute as having equal value. However, that’s not quite how it works, or rather, it’s not how it works if you want to make your life easier. Instead of focusing on the time itself, focus on what you’re doing. One hour spent doing something truly productive is worth much more than one hour of doing something that doesn’t really mean anything in the end. Therefore, you should look at your day and focus only on the most important tasks.
Everyone will see this differently, and everyone will have a different definition of what important really is, and that’s fine – the point is that these important things can be done first, with better results because you are being more productive and not worrying about doing the tasks that aren’t important. Once the important things are done, you can move onto other things, assuming you have time. If there is no time left, then it won’t matter – the things that had to be done, are done.
If you are living in a comfortable, clean, tidy space, you will automatically find that everything else that you do is much easier. You’ll be able to find what you need when you need it, for example. You’ll know what’s in your fridge and what you can make for dinner. You’ll know where all your laundry is and what should be put away and what still needs to be cleaned. There will be less rushing about and panicking, and more enjoying the moment because everything is where it should be. If you’re not sure what to do or how to start making your space more comfortable and productive then check out Homelization, where you can find dozens of hacks to make your home a better place to be.
Minimize Your Stuff
We’re all consumers, and we’re all great at that – we buy stuff because we want to and because we can, but it isn’t always because we need it. Look around your home and you’ll most likely see lots of items that you don’t need and don’t use. If that’s the case, you could look at selling the items at a garage sale, or on an online auction site. You’ll bring in some cash that way, and as a bonus you’ll have a tidier home. You could even give the things away to people who really could make use of them. Then, when you go to buy things in the future, ask yourself whether you really need it before spending money on it. Life will become easier and lighter with fewer possessions around you.
Stop Sweating the Small Stuff
Life would be so much easier if you didn’t worry about all those things that don’t really matter, wouldn’t it? That is, of course, easier said than done, but once you get into the habit of it, you’ll see that it really does help you to feel happier about everything. This new, more positive outlook, will give you more enjoyment in life and will make not worrying about little things even easier! Every time you feel worried about something, ask yourself whether, in a year’s time, will it even matter? Will it be such a big deal? Will you even remember that it was something you cared about? When it comes to little things, the answer will usually be no. So let go of those things, let them happen or not happen because it doesn’t really matter. Take a breath and move on to things that are more important. If you’re not worrying about the small stuff anymore, you can really focus on the bigger picture.
Make Change a Gradual Thing
You may think that making a big, grand gesture and changing something dramatically about your life will make you happy and push you on to achieve more. For some people that could work, but for most of us, it’s too much all at once. If you want to eat better, exercise regularly, get up early, go out with friends more and you try doing all of that at once because it seems like the thing to do, you’ll see realize that it’s not possible. You’ll quickly slide back into your more comfortable, non-productive, unhealthy ways because you did too much, too soon.
To make things easier on yourself, pick one thing to get done at a time. So start with getting up earlier and don’t worry about the other things. Once you can sustain that, move on to eating more healthily. When you’ve got that down, start exercising more. Achieving one thing at a time will make the next challenge much easier to get to grips with. Be patient and you’ll be much more successful.
Being a compassionate person is a wonderful way to make life easier for you, and for others. Being compassionate develops mutually beneficial relationships, offering you support as you support others. Simply put, if you are kind to someone in need, then they will be there for you when you need some kindness in your life. This compassion and kindness can change someone’s outlook entirely, and although they – or you – may have felt down and lost, someone simply being nice to them could be enough to set them off on their life’s journey again. They might be going in a different direction, but at least they’re moving. Being compassionate will reduce stress and worry in your own life, and make you a happier, more relaxed person.