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Post on: December 13, 2018

Simplifying our life can be therapeutic – it presents a new viewpoint of life. “Simplicity” gives meanings which are poles apart depending on who decodes it. To some, simplicity is splendour, purity and clarity while others may hold opposing views. To them, it may mean inadequacy or a deficit to what is desired.

To each his own – for us here at the Jolly Good Times, simplicity is the elimination of all non-essentials in life. Thus, enabling us to focus on what is important and meaningful.

 

7 Ways to Simplifying your Life –

1. Steal a moment: During your travels, allow some time to wander and enjoy the scenery in a laidback fashion. Do not succumb to the jam-packed itinerary that spotlights on landmarks, state of art buildings and attractions. Sometimes, it is the little discoveries like sipping tea in a run-of-the-mill cafe with the locals are the moments that leave the most lasting impressions in your memory.

2. Unwind: Stress can overwhelm us: When tension builds up in our body, it can become toxic if we do not let it out. Do not be misguided that you have to soldier on stoically… and all alone. On the contrary, find a way to release the tension. Add some “nature time” in your schedule – go for a walk in the local park. Connecting with nature can be deeply soothing – watching the sunset or listening to birds chirping. Another way could be talking it through rather than going deeper into a downward spiral alone — share your problems with close friends or family members. Do not feel inhibited; someone may help you get out of the rut.

3. Evaluate your possessions: Assess the importance of your possessions. Examine if these objects add real value to your life or make it more complicated. The Pareto principle (80/20 rule) is a business principle suggesting that, for many events, 80% of the results come from 20% of the causes.

Applying this to your wardrobe, you probably wear 20% of what’s in your closet 80% of the time. If you have a wardrobe which is bursting with apparels, but yet still gravitate towards wearing the same few outfits to work, then you can assuredly say Pareto principle is at play! Work gradually towards disposing of your non-essential possessions — tangible or intangible items. You will be thankful that you will have more time to spend with what matter most.

4. Live in the moment: Don’t let the past haunt you and fear of the future paralyze you. As the saying goes, “Regrets about yesterday and worry about tomorrow are two thieves which rob us of the moment.” Be grateful and learn to enjoy the moment. Instead of bemoaning on what you would have become “if only”, use the present moment to build a stable foundation for your future. And instead of wallowing in self-pity with regrets, use the invaluable lessons of the past to be a stronger person, ensuring you won’t fall into the same pit of mistakes. I like the catchphrase of the new generation, “YOLO” — You Only Live Once. Yes, live to the fullest!

5. Fix it quick: You either buy a new set or repair the damaged objects as soon as possible. It is a human tendency to procrastinate but it is even more frustrating to realise that something doesn’t work when you need it most. I can testify to such a scenario. My refrigerator broke down and needed to be fixed. I was too lazy to call up the repairman immediately despite my wife’s and mom’s prodding. Two days later, I had unexpected visitors from abroad. I was appalled as I could not even offer them a cool drink! They ended up sipping Nescafe in the sweltering heat! During such a situation does one wish he had fixed things quickly. It astounds me some people can even go on complaining about a broken item for months when he could have fixed it quickly and save him and those around him the agony of such uncalled rants.

6. Embrace silence: “Let silence take you to the core of life,” Rumi. In the modern humdrum life, our lives are teeming with activities and brains buzzing with thoughts every single moment. Noise has permeated every facet of our lives and we crave for it when it’s absent. However, some research points that silence is essential to enhance our creativity, healthier well-being, a deeper connection to mother nature and with ourselves. Be still… embrace silence.

7. Prioritise: Sometimes it feels like time is not enough – the whole world is crashing down with work piling up and family commitments which is never-ending. Having a To-Do- List may be helpful, however, it does not suffice. Learning to prioritise effectively can help you be more efficient as you take on the challenges head-on.

Simplify your lives – rather than filling up every nook and corner of your homes with decorative ornaments or a timetable brimming with programmes. Embrace a simplified life and you will find personal growth and satisfaction – less is more.

 

By Shaji Thomas Varughese
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