Life can get complicated. With all the work and gadgets and cars and responsibilities it’s no wonder that people get worn out. This wearing out prevents people from living the deepest meanings of their lives. I’d like to make a difference in the world but I have to pick up my dry cleaning. This attitude will make you live the rest of your life without making a difference at all. So many people accept that fact. Don’t accept it. Simplify your life today. Within hours of beginning to simplify your life you’ll start to feel your mood and attitude change.

Stuff is not the goal

Everything you own in life becomes a responsibility. You need to store it, maintain it, fix it, move it, and someday throw it out. The sad fact is that most people use less than 10% of everything they own on a weekly basis. There are some things that can be held onto for the occasion that they’ll need to be used but are you really going to need that old tv or the shirt that you never even wear? Most people have forgotten more of what they own then they’ll ever use. We’re taught that holding onto things is frugal. That is being penny-wise and pound-foolish. Every time you see something you need to process it mentally. We have only so much energy in our life. There is no reason to dig through the clutter of your life to find what you need. It costs more energy and time than it’s worth. If it costs only a couple dollars to replace then it’s even more silly. Throw away what you don’t need. Learn to live without if you have to. Contrary to common belief, the less you have, the happier you’ll be.

Don't overextend yourself

What about your responsibilities in life? Do you take on more responsibility than you should? Do you agree to do things that you don’t want to do, just to be polite? Other people can make life complicated. You can’t let someone else’s needs get in the way of being true to your own needs. One of the most common ways people do this is by working at a job they hate. Working at a job you hate to support a family is only noble for so long. Eventually it’s just foolish. If you hate your job then find one that you’ll enjoy even if it means less responsibility(aka problems.) If you can’t find a job then save up enough money to make your own job. Get off the treadmill of working for the next paycheck. There is no such thing as falling behind in life. You can always get back to where you were with a little effort.

Others emergencies are not yours

The last common problem with simplification is often the last to come up. The world we live in today encourages constant worry. We carry cell phones for emergencies so at absolutely any moment we can hear bad news. It’s a mental barrage of worry. Do whatever you can to limit it. Don’t let your mind become complicated because it doesn’t have to. We can live without worry. It will just keep you from doing the best that it can do.

Simplify your life. It can take some time but it’s worth it. Start today by getting rid of some of what you don’t use. Don’t major in the little things in life. Take what is most important to you and make it into the most important thing you do in your life. It’s not worth running the rat race to just move up into a higher class of rat race. You’ll still be a rat. Focus on making your life something meaningful to you and the world around you. Get rid of what you don’t need. Don’t take responsibilities that you don’t want, and don’t let the world around you control what you think about. It will make you happy, strong, and successful. More importantly, it gets you in touch with the person that you really are.