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Like it or not, life seems to tend towards becoming increasingly complex and chaotic whenever we aren’t actively striving to remain on top of things, and to come up with solutions to the constant deluge of tasks that everyday life brings.
Whether you are working on a PhD thesis, trying to be as productive as possible with regards to a personal business venture of yours, or are simply looking for ways to “seize the day” more in general, it might just be that looking for ways to simplify your life could make all the difference.
Here are some ways simplicity can reduce stress and help you get more done.
By reducing decision-making moments during the day
“Decision fatigue” is a very real phenomenon – and it ties in with psychological research indicating that having too much choice actually results in more stress and more inaction, rather than simply being totally beneficial.
Just as you might hire Easy Skips in order to declutter your home and prevent your personal space from feeling overwhelming and disordered, so too can a bit of “goal setting minimalism” be an excellent thing with regards to your overall ability to function effectively, and feel good doing it.
When you simplify things – ranging from the project you’re working on at any given time, to the approaches you take to managing everyday routines – you reduce those decision-making moments and free up significantly more mental energy.
By making the challenges of the day actually seem doable
It’s probably fair to say that just about everyone has experienced the unpleasant sensation of coming up with a long ambitious to-do list for the day, only to end up becoming completely demoralised at some point and letting more or less the whole thing slide.
When the challenges of the day seem too numerous, too complex, and too arbitrary, you can end up more or less in a position of “learned helplessness,” where you just get used to not achieving the things you set out to, and subsequently end up becoming more comfortable with the idea of just not getting things done in general.
Clearly, this is awful if you’re interested in setting long-term habits that can help you to thrive and succeed.
By simplifying and making the challenges of the day actually seem manageable – for example, by having 4 items on your day’s to-do list instead of 37 – you can tackle this problem head-on.
By helping you to better keep track of what’s going on
When you allow too much complexity into your everyday routines and life, it can be excessively difficult to actually keep track of what’s going on at any given moment.
By simplifying things, it will typically be much easier to actually keep track of what’s going on, to measure progress towards your goals, and to feel as though things are working as they should be.
It’s quite difficult to either be productive, or to feel a sense of well-being, if you’re not sure what’s happening around you.