Life tips

Phase out superficial relationships

Another one of our favorite overlooked minimalist tips, the ability to regard yourself highly, instead of depending on approval or acceptance from others, is requisite to living a simple life. If someone doesn’t add value to your life (and more importantly you don’t add value to theirs), it may not be a relationship worth having.

Organize your essentials

Your essentials are things you heavily rely on during the day. It can be an item like your bag or wallet, a space like your office, or even the app you use to take notes. Respect their utility by spending a few minutes each week keeping them in order — so they can continue to be of value to you.

Create a self-care plan

Block a day for your self-care plan. Make a list of all the things that make you happy (that you can easily do without much money, time, or energy). Then commit to only doing what’s on that list. This exercise will teach you that happiness is always within your reach.

Appreciate what you don’t have

Focusing on what we don’t have tends to cause discontentment. But there’s a trick that can flip this tendency into a source of happiness. What are the things you don’t have that make life better? Reflect on those for a moment.

Decrease so you can increase

The act of eliminating the inconsequential suddenly frees up time, money, and energy to go all in on what matters most to you. Simplifying doesn’t feel like a loss because of all you gain in return.

Do absolutely nothing

I have a wonderful tip for moments when you are restless, bored, confused, or at a standstill. Keep standing still. Being still, with no particular goal or agenda, is a legitimate activity. And it serves as a wonderful means of balancing constant moving and doing.

Simplify decision making

Too many decisions take up our mental capacity and can be draining, if not debilitating. Simple living is about knowing what matters most to you in life and easing the burden of choice. You’ll be surprised at how a little self-awareness, clarity, and focus, can chisel your decision-making skills.

Master the art of procrastination

No, you can’t give the middle finger to everything in your life – but when you have a strong resistance towards doing perhaps it’s a sign that you should give in to procrastination and just try being. It seems counterintuitive as a minimalist trick, but it works wonders.

Understand opportunity costs

Every action has a consequence, but you can be blind to the potential outcomes if you approach decision-making in a narrow-minded way. Sharpen you strategic skills so you have a good grasp of the real trade-offs you’re making when you choose one thing over another.

Accept mediocrity sometimes

You can’t be the best at everything — and you aren’t a slacker if you accept that as a fact. Striving for excellence is a beautiful pursuit until you start believing you have to be perfect at all times.