- Living The Simple Life
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- Figure Out What Matters
- Why Simple Living is the key to Finding your Life Purpose
- 7 Ways to Live a Simpler Life in a Modern World
Okay, you've made the decision that simple living — this idea of simple living, where you focus on what's most important — is the way to go. And you've decided what is most important to you. Now what? That seems simple enough. Even easy, in a sense — what could be easier than doing whatever you want?
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But, of course, it's not that simple. You probably need to earn a living. You also have longer-term goals, and meeting those will depend on not doing whatever might seem most attractive right now. Your key tool for successfully living the life that you have chosen is a budget. Besides the one I mentioned above, about how budgeting is fun, I've got two other posts on creating a budget: One called Refactoring Your Budget Categories because how you categorize an expense makes a bigger difference than you might think , and another called A Better Way to Create a Budget.
The key is to remember that your budget isn't a constraint. You do have constraints, but they come from the real world. Your budget is a tool for helping you live a life of joy in the face of those constraints. You can't go back and change the past, but except for the decision to have kids, there are almost no decisions that can't be revisited. Given time and effort, you can completely redesign your life — you can move, change jobs, change careers, go back to school. You can alter every aspect of your life. Don't hesitate to do so, in your search for a life that's as fun and fulfilling as it is simple.
There are many reasons for making do with less , and for some things, doing without is better than making do. But wherever you draw the line below what's most important, there will be things that just barely miss the cutoff. Those things are pretty darned important, but you've decided that, to live a simple life, you'll let them go.
Deciding that is one thing. Living out your decision is something else. The most common strategy among ordinary folks — folks who haven't chosen a simple life — is not to have that line at all. Instead of a sharp line, they have a long tapering off, where they have some of the stuff that's less important, just not as much than they really want. This strategy is, I think, a source of great misery. They don't just have less than they want of everything below the line.
To pay for those things, they also have to make do with less of the stuff above the line — the really important stuff. The point of simple living is that you get enough of all the most important stuff. Once you make that mental shift , the rest is easy. There are plenty of mental tricks for dealing with the things that don't make the cut. Never forget that simplicity is not the same thing as being cheap. Of course, you still have limited resources that you need to allocate. Wise Bread is full to bursting with suggestions on ways to do that effectively.
There are the internal aspects — you're bound to sometimes get grumpy when poor folks have better crap than you. And there are the external aspects — your friends and family will sometimes find it tough to deal with your simple life. Your choices here fall into two general categories.
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Living The Simple Life
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Limit media. Simplify your wardrobe. Facebook Pinterest Twitter. Spend time alone. Eat slowly.
Optimize That Stuff
Clear your desk. Establish routines. Live frugally. Discover enough. Declutter before organizing. Find a place for everything. Do yoga. Stop multitasking.
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Do I feel better? Do I have more time for my hobbies and people I care about? Why is it that living simpler is important to us? Where is it we're trying to get to? What are the triggers that led us to seeking a simpler path? What do we want less of in our lives? Help us tell more of the stories that matter from voices that too often remain unheard. Join HuffPost Plus.
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