Learning to simplify our life and being grateful for all the things that we have in it is the beginning. Happiness does not come from more possessions and more achievements. Happiness is in simplicity. Simplifying our lives will in fact make our life better.
As I grew older I realised that keeping things made me happy; it took me many years to realise how to keep things simple. I recognised that by instilling and adopting habits and routines made my life simpler and not boring because I was able to do more things that I wanted to.
Below are 7 habits that I have instilled which are contributing into making my life happier and easier.
1. Being Present
When we begin to live in the present moment, our lives become simpler and happier. As Lao Tzu wrote; ‘If you are depressed, you are living in the past. If you are anxious, you are living in the future. If you are at peace, you are living in the moment.
Disconnecting from electronics and living in the real world for a period is essential for our health, wellbeing and sanity. Time out into nature will do us and our body good. Take back the control of life and create a regular habit in disconnection.
3. Say ‘No’
Though we may feel compelled to help others, it is also important to recognise when helping others makes us suffer. Getting into the habit of putting ourselves and our family first will enable us to say ‘No’ easily. I ask myself; does saying, “Yes,” to help someone at work, mean that I will have to say, “No,” to spending valuable time with my loved ones?
4. Meals Planning
Planning our meals for the week before going shopping saves us time spent in shops, saves us money because we will eat everything we buy and saves us a lot of stress by having it all planned out. Weekly shopping and weekly meal planning are great ways to save time and money.
Writing everything we spend money on in the month, helps us to identify possible savings. When we know exactly what and how we spend, we are able to make informed decision on our current spending pattern of our hard-earned money. Keeping tabs on what we spend each day into an excel spreadsheet enables for analysis later.
6. Writing Down Things
Writing down all our tasks, responsibilities, ideas, goals and dreams will help us to download and by getting everything out of our head we will not be going around with an overloaded brain, which would disturb our focus and ability to think clearly.
7. Activity Planning
Use a calendar or task manager to plan for the week and beyond. Include all tasks, meeting, appointments, responsibilities, ideas, goals and dreams that needs to be done because we will more likely do the work when it is scheduled in our calendar. Our calendar or task manager is the number one tool against procrastination. Tasks that are date or time specific should go into a calendar and all other tasks could go into a task manager.