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How to Simplify your Life and Live Minimally

07 Dec

How to Simplify your Life and Live Minimally

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Kaitlyn Guay

Are you one of those people who sits down to write a term paper and then cleans your room instead? You’re not procrastinating. (Well, maybe a little bit.) You’re actually just trying to cleanse your mind of creativity-dampening attention-grabbers.

Science tells us that everything in our lives has energetic currency, from the t-shirt on the bed, to the poster on the wall, to the stack of junk mail you haven’t gotten around to throwing away.

Those who are more sensitive to this will not feel at ease or open to innovate and create if the task-master part of their brain is galavanting off, listing things that should be done. This helpful video by YouTuber Meghan Livingstone notes a few practices to help simplify your life, so that you can focus your energy on what really matters.

One tip Meghan gives is the importance of de-cluttering. She recommends to: “Surround yourself only with what you use, what you need, and what you love.”

As boring as it may sound, making lists is another way to simplify your life. “It’s a great way to condense all of your thoughts.” One they’re down on paper, you won’t have to recycle them over and over in your mind.

She also recommends to “Do as you go.” As Arthur Ashe said: “Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.” This no-excuses mantra helps us quiet the panicking voice in our heads telling us we have to have everything figured out before we begin.

In what ways would you like to simplify your life?