Life is chaotic enough on its own. As humans, we’ve added expectations for our lives into the mix in the way of financial, work, social, and familial success.
In the grand scheme of things, much of our life is clouded with unimportance due to a lack of prioritizing and the inability to let go that we can't control everything.
Simplifying your life means prioritizing the important things in life. And it's easier than you think. To get started, all you need is a little time to think about it.
Figure out what is ultimately important
We each place importance on various things in our life. For some, success in the workplace is the most important thing for us. For others, it is making sure our children are successful and feel loved.
Write down all of the things that are important to you and decide what is most important and what is least important.
But this, of course, extends beyond the immaterial and into your material life. What possessions do you have that are the most important to you? These often work off of the immaterial things that are important to you. So, if you value family above everything, your most important possessions may be photo albums or home videos. If you value your job most, maybe it is a computer you use to do your work.
Don't forget to recognize the unimportant
In the first step, you’ve recognized the important things in your life, but it is also important to acknowledge the unimportant things. The truth is that these unimportant things can steal our time if we don’t acknowledge them and the power, they can hold over our time.
It is the unimportant ideals and items that seem to clutter our minds and our physical spaces. Ask yourself if your happiness and fulfillment would be impacted negatively if that ideal or item were no longer around you.
The world has a very materialistic view. Everyone wants the newest item of clothing or the most innovative laptop. Sooner than later, these things pile up and consume our time, when we would be healthier if we just let them go.
Continue to assess what's important and unimportant
As you journey throughout life, you’ll likely notice that your priorities and the material things that you find important to you will change. This is natural. Each and every life experiences a sort of metamorphosis based on individual experience.
Question your reactions, and if reacting a certain way actually helps. Question your friendships and relationships to see if there is value in them. Question your possessions and if you really still need something from when you were a child.
Simplifying your life is a great way to set your priorities straight mentally, physically, and emotionally. But this is a process that you should continually work through within yourself to keep your life simple.
Keeping life simple is a great way to recognize the beauty and growth you experience each day. But, most importantly, simplifying your life allows you to choose the life you’ll lead.