Sep 19, 2009

How to Simplify Your Life

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The pursuit of material comforts does not always lead to happiness.

As already mentioned in the welcome message, 'The Money Quest’ blog is not only about pursuit of money but also about how to strike a balance between your money and your life. It’s already one year since we started on this money and life quest but there is no talk about the life part. So, starting with this post, I’ll also write about how to live a simple, conscious, purposeful and balanced life.

Simplifying your life is about eliminating waste: Wasteful activities, wasteful thoughts, and wasteful stuff. In order to simplify your life, you’ve to

1. Make certain lifestyle and attitudinal Changes
2. Eliminate certain wasteful Activities
3. Adopt certain productive activities / routines


In this post I’m going to discuss how to make a few simple changes in your lifestyle and attitude towards life.

5 Simple Lifestyle and Attitudinal Changes
Here‘s a list of 5 easy ways / tips to make your life simple and more enjoyable:


1. Take Life easy: In the words of Elbert Hubbard, “Don’t take it too seriously; you’ll never get out of it alive.”

First, understand that life is neither easy nor fair; rule of the Jungle still prevails in this so-called civilized world. But, if life is neither easy nor fair, how can we take it easy?

Actually, knowing in advance about this harsh fact about life make it easier for us to deal with the reality which is always different from our own perception. This knowledge helps us to flow with the tide rather than against it. We also stop complaining and judging every event in our life as good or bad. Put another way, it helps us to develop the let go feeling.

Read this nice article about enjoying life:
Take it Easy and Enjoy Life.


2. Live your own life: Stop comparing yourself with others whether they’re your friends, colleagues, relatives or neighbours. Why? Because it is a self defeating exercise.

Robin Sharma in his best selling book “
The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari” writes,

“There is nothing noble about being superior to some other person. True nobility lies in being superior to your former self.”

Further, he writes,

“And for God’s sake, never get into the petty habit of measuring your self-worth against other people’s net worth. As Yogi Raman preached: ‘Every second you spend thinking about the someone else’s dream you take time away from your own'”.


Know the “10 reasons why you should give up the bad habit of making comparisons?

I am quoting a few lines from the above article [A must read!]:
“The only way to even begin to live a purposeful, simple life is to give up any notion that you are in competition with any other single person. Life is not a game, it’s not a test, it’s not a winner takes all experience. It’s just life – and what happens during your time here is up to you. If you spend your time comparing your belongings, lifestyle, job, family, etc. to anyone else, well…you are being set up for a very complicated existence.”

3. Stop trying to please everyone: Remember that nobody can please everyone around him. In trying to please everyone, you will lose your own happiness. So stop trying to meet the expectations of everyone around you. Do your level best for others but don’t be unnecessary worried if you’re not able to come up to expectations of everyone in your circle. Pleasing everyone is a sheer impossible task.


4. Have a feeling of Gratitude: We remain dissatisfied because no matter what we have, we are always searching for more. By wanting more & more we don’t realize the prize we pay for it. The never enough syndrome robs us of the ability to rest & relax.

The simple yet powerful secret to happiness is to be thankful for all the wonderful things we have in our life. It is to acknowledge and be grateful for what we already have rather than moaning over what we don’t have. In short, it means having attitude of gratitude.


5. Slow Down: Simplifying life also means slowing down. Therefore, stop living fast –paced life.

Giving up the fast paced life and joining the slow movement is not about renouncing the world or giving up earthly pleasures rather it is about coming out of the rat race and applying the brakes on the speed limit. It’s about less rushing around and more enjoying what is there. This no rush attitude is more about life quality rather than the quantity. When we slow down, our approach towards life takes an entirely new meaning and we feel more relaxed and happy.

So, start living slowly. Eat slowly, drive slowly, love slowly, walk slowly, talk slowly, read slowly, work slowly and you’ll feel the difference. However, remember there’s a difference between being slow and being inefficient.

Here’s an interesting article about
slowing down to enjoy life.

Know more about this Slow Movement:
The Slow Movement- Making a Connection.

Believe me, these lifestyle and attitudinal changes doesn’t require any extra efforts on you behalf, just a little change in your thinking (in the way you perceive life). But gradually inculcating these positive emotions in your daily life (by becoming a little more conscious of your thoughts and actions) can make a whole lot of difference in your well-being.


I’ll talk about a few more ways to simplify your life in next part. Meanwhile, just go through each of the articles mentioned above and if you wish share your thoughts in the comment section.

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9 comments:

  1. Wonderful Article.. Thanks for posting it. I think you should rename the Title to 'How to live a better life' rather than 'Simple life'. Simple words gives a wrong connotation.

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  2. Very nice suggestion, Ranjan! I think I should give it a try.

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  3. Well written Mr Fisher .

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  4. Excellent Blog :) Chanced upon it today itself...Have been reading it for around 7 hours continuously now..

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  5. very true.. I have a quote about comparing with someone else. It says "By comparing with others continuously you can grow but can never be happy". So true.

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  6. your blog is simply amazing.. it covers it all for young people dealing with the dilemma of life and taxes.. also, you write really well.. keep 'em coming..

    -rohan

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  7. Started reading your blog just "by chance.."
    Enjoying reading this blog. Also enjoying reading the connected blogs/sites..
    Thank you

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  8. Really nice article... enjoyed it!! lots to learn from this ..... thanks for putting this wonderful post....

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