“Besides the noble art of getting things done, there is the noble art of leaving things undone. The wisdom of life consists in the elimination of non-essentials.” — Lin Yutang
The art of simplicity is just that; an art form.
Whilst we all know that simplifying our lives is a step towards greater wellbeing (we only have to go camping to recognise the truth in this - have you ever noticed how one pot dishes come into their own when you only have one hob!) it can be extremely hard to achieve on a day-to-day basis when our minds are swilling with information, logistics, to-do lists & email admin that you can never quite seem to get on top of...
So I have put together three ways to get simple on a daily basis to help you free up some headspace.
1) Set some simple intentions
▷ At the very beginning of the day think about how you would like your day to unfold and write it down. What would make the day amazing? What do you want to attract? Good people, a flow of money, a bath, some time to meditate? Keep the intentions simple and joyful and look for opportunities to realise them as you move through your day.
2) Clear some space
▷ Clearly we don’t all have time to deep clean our house every day but de-cluttering at least once a week is essential to keep the chi (energy) flowing around our living space. Our environments have a huge impact on our mental wellbeing so a clear space makes way for clear thoughts. It is also helpful to declutter your inbox every morning if you can too!
3) Learn to say “No”
▷ If we are to align with our intentions we need to get focused and learn to flex that “No“ muscle when we are faced with opportunities that don’t serve us. Trust your gut on this one and try to leave some space before responding to invitations, to see if it feels right to you or not. Despite your fears about offending people by saying “No”, I can assure you they will appreciate your honesty more than an insincere acceptance.
“Life is not complex. We are complex. Life is simple and the simple thing is the right thing.” Oscar Wilde