Life now-a-days is a really hectic one. For us humans, life is all about money. We work and work more so that we can get enough money, enough money to fulfill all our wishes. We want money to make ourselves happy. We are never satisfied with a definite amount of money; we want more and more. We have a notion that it is money which makes our life full of happiness and pleasure.
But, the truth is that money can never make our life good. It can never give us the happiness and pleasure we need. We become so busy in our work and responsibilities that we forget the real meaning of life. It has been truly said that “You may stand first in the rat race, but still you will be a rat after the race”. The simple meaning of the line is that you may waste all your time thinking that money will bring you the happiness you need, but at the end of the day, all you are doing is wasting some precious moments of your life.
So, sit back for a moment and try to think how complex your daily life is. I bet you will realize soon that all you are doing is working and not getting happiness. Now, can you give a week to your life to make it a bit simple? Would not you want to know how simple and delightful life can be? It feels great. Want to know how? Let us start making our life simpler. Follow these 9 steps for a week or two and try to understand how simple and joyous life can be –
First comes realization and will power
The first and foremost step is to make up your mind and heart about what you are going to do. You have to make yourself realize that you are going to lead a simple life now. The biggest hindrance in this will be your will power. If you are not strong enough, then you will never be able to do so. First make up your mind and then get rid of the thoughts you get every day while you get up. Then start.
Thinking alone comes next
This step may be a bit difficult for you. You have to take time from your busy schedule. You are leading a simpler life now, right? Take out some time and sit alone somewhere where you will not be disturbed. Then start thinking what all are you missing in your life. Think about those reasons which make you happy, or sad, which make you laugh or cry, which things bring you joy and which bring sorrow. Go back to your childhood days and try to remember all what you liked and disliked. And them try to do all those stuffs again.
Bring back your values
Yes, it is true that with the increasing load of work in your life, you are forgetting all your values and prior responsibilities. The only thing or responsibility that you remember is money. So try to think and determine how complex and uneasy your life is. You will find the answers. You will come to know about the responsibilities you have missed. Spending time with your family, taking care of your parents and children, going on a vacation etc. are among those. And then do all those you missed.
Now let us come to some basic things that you need to do –
Stay away from all connectivity
One of the biggest problems that take us away from a simpler lifestyle is the connectivity, which includes cell phones, laptops and internet. These were just basic amenities at first, but became a disease later. Now we cannot imagine our lives without these things. You must have encountered people who have their phones in their hands even while walking on the road. These things have taken us far away from our pleasures, those pleasures that we get by being with our family. So, keep these electronic garbage away and spend time with those people who can make you real happy.
Try living on a budget
Yes, having a planned budget is going to help you a lot in leading a simpler life. When we start incoming money, we try to fulfill our basic requirements first. But as more money comes, we dream of bigger things, some of which are beyond our reach at the moment. And when dreams of achieving things beyond our reach come, we work in full force to achieve them, and we spend more. Coming to a simple conclusion, when we get money, we overspend, and at last need more money. This makes our life busy and we forget every other stuff.
So having a planned budget of the things needed and those not needed will save our time. If we do not spend more, we will not think of incoming more, and hence will save time.
Remove negativity from your life
The biggest thing that makes us complex is the negativity we have in us. When we are out to do some new work, the first question that comes in our mind is, “Will I be able to do this”, or “Will this work make me any profit?” etc. All these WH-questions are the reasons of negativity in our life. My question is, why are you even thinking that you cannot do the thing which you have eagerly accepted? When you are going to accomplish a work, you must be confident that no one or nothing can stop you from doing it. Have confidence and believe in yourself. Remove these negativities from your mind. You will soon see that you are grinding less and saving more time, thus having a simpler and hassle-free life.
Minimize works but do everything
The phrase simply means that do only those works which are necessary. We always have the energy to do more. So why not save that energy to do something with your family? Make a list of the works that are really necessary, and exclude those which do not mean anything. And when the list is ready, work accordingly, and never add anything to the list afterwards. Believe me, life will be a lot easier and simpler when minimized!
Try following these 7 steps for a week or two and then see the results for yourself. After doing all these things for a week or two, sit back and compare your life before and your life in these two weeks. You will feel the difference for sure.