30 Quick Tips For Making Life Simpler

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When time is short, it seems like everything takes so long. It becomes easy to procrastinate, and, even though putting it off may save time in the present, things can pile up and become overwhelming. We’ve all been there, but there are some quick ways to start making life simpler.

Could You Be Making Life Simpler?

Creating a simpler life involves making changes to solve the problem of too much to do and too little time. Most of the suggestions in this list will be minor, and you can choose to do as many or few as it takes. 

This is not a bunch of “simple-life rules” that you must follow just so. It is simply a random list of ideas to help manage time and energy, making life simpler in general. 

Feel free to pick and choose the tips that will help you the quickest and make the most difference. I would suggest starting small, with maybe only one change at a time. But as you notice a difference, you can add more of these tips to your daily routine. 

These guidelines are written from personal experience and in no particular order. I have certainly not mastered every one, but each one can make a difference. 

30 Tips For Making Life Simpler

So here they are! Just a variety of little actions that can add up to a simpler life and easier days. As you know, I’m all about living simply for more of Jesus, and, as I always say…”Who doesn’t need more of Jesus?”.

1

Get Plenty Of Rest

When you have a lot on your plate it can become routine to neglect rest and sleep. It is tempting to cut our nights short in order to accomplish more, but when we aren’t rested, every problem or challenge seems much bigger, and we are more likely to get sick or injured. 

2

Learn Contentment

Discontent is what often drives us to push harder, make comparisons, and feel envious of others. If you struggle with contentment, 5 Secrets To Living A Life Of Contentment might help.

3

Make A List

By writing down your to-do’s, what you need at the store or anything else you need to remember, you can plan out the best strategy for taking care of all of it. Writing it down not only helps to seal it into your mind, but it also gives you the ability to make a strategy or a timeline for getting everything taken care of, which in turn helps in simplifying everything.

4

Pray For Answers Instead Of Worrying

If you have a problem with something or someone, don’t waste valuable brain space or time trying to solve it yourself. Instead, pray, and God will give you the answer. Spoiler: It will most likely be something you never would have thought of. Praying instead of laboring over an issue make life so much simpler.

5

Forgive

Carrying the heavy load of a grudge, no matter how large or small, will weigh you down and render you less functional than letting it go and forgiving. For help or more information on forgiving, you can read Bible Verses About Forgiving Others.

6

Take Control Of Your Thoughts

The Bible tells us in Philippians 4:8 to dwell on what is true, honorable, just, pure, lovely, commendable, morally excellent, and praiseworthy . If we spend our time thinking about these kinds of things, there will be little time to spend on negative thoughts. On this note, I highly recommend Louie Giglio’s book, Don’t Give The Enemy A Seat At Your Table

7

Use Grocery Delivery Or Pick-Up

It takes a only few minutes to punch your shopping list into your phone or computer (especially if you’ve kept a running list of what you need). Even if you have to drive to the store to pick up your order, you will spend less time (and possibly less money) than shopping for each item yourself.

8

Plan Your Week Once

Before your week starts, collect all of the things you need to have on your schedule and fit them in on paper. This will help you to see if everything fits, and how you can juggle if there are time conflicts. This won’t prevent the unexpected, but with the “givens” already in place, planning your day is so much simpler.

9

Don’t Waste Time Dealing With Junk Phone Calls

Some people have more trouble than others with this. I know people who fuss about or strategize how to deal with or annoy spam callers. The most effective method for me has been to block or ignore them. But whatever you do, don’t allow these calls to waste even a minute of your time. If you do answer one by mistake, just quietly hang up and let it go. 

10

Giving Up Control

I can’t even tell you how many times I’ve wasted time trying to figure out something myself instead of giving it to God to take care of. But when I finally prayed and asked Him to take it, each time it was resolved without my own effort. If you can’t imagine taking your hands off and giving God total control, read Weary And Worn Out? Try Giving Up Control To God. None of us should be surprised by how amazing His plans are when we let Him take over. I’m not saying we can just sit around and do nothing, but letting God lead simplifies life like nothing else can. 

11

Don’t Speculate About Others

When we start wondering about people but aren’t privy to what is their business, we spend precious time thinking or discussing what we think is true of them. These thoughts can turn into speech, which, if not true, is considered gossip. So – if it’s not your business – don’t bother with speculation and keep your opinions to yourself.

12

Evaluate The Load You Are Carrying

Is there anything you could remove from your schedule? Do you need to bow out of a few things in a particularly busy season? Are you causing yourself anxiety because you have trouble saying no?

13

Ask For Help

Some people have trouble accepting help, even in a crisis. But please remember that there are people who care and would love to do something for those they care about. The person who helps also gets a reward, because it feels good to be able to do something for someone. If you are in a situation where you could use a little help, please ask. And if your situation is causing you undue anxiety that you can’t shake, it might be time to consult with a Christian counselor for further guidance.

14

Keep Paper Piles Under Control

We all have important and non-important papers floating around our homes, and it’s all too easy to let it all get out of control. I try hard to keep a handle on my paper clutter, but it does occasionally get the best of me. I’ve developed a system that really works to contain paper clutter, and when I use it, the paper stays under control. . 

15

Track Your Prayers

This keeps us up to date with requests, needs, concerns, and answered prayer. A piece of paper or a notes app will do, or you can purchase a prayer journal or print out one of my free printable prayer journal pages. I find the simpler the journal and the easier to keep it with me, the more I will refer to it and add to it. 

16

Stop Complaining

Complaining dampens our spirits and complicates rather than making life simpler, ultimately slowing us down. And guess what? Complaining rarely solves the problem. If you aren’t able to suggest or implement a solution, don’t bother with complaining. 

17

Laugh

I for one, tend to take things too seriously. There’s nothing like laughter to cheer and lighten the mood of everyone involved. When we are cheerful, we are better at getting along and working together. 

18

Get Exercise

Have you ever noticed that a little exercise makes you feel like moving even more? Go for a walk, follow a short exercise video, or stretch. It doesn’t take much to create movement, which loosens up our muscles and joints and creates muscle, flexibility, and energy.

19

Decide What To Conquer First

Some people like to get the hardest thing out of the way, while others thrive by finishing the quickest task first. Whatever is on your to-do list, figure out which way you are motivated and start with that, then move on to the next thing.  

20

Think Before You Commit

It’s easy to say yes, and later find out you’ve already got a full plate or prior commitment for that time period. Take the time to pray, consider the consequences, and research your commitment before saying yes too eagerly. 

21

Be Flexible

A nursing instructor told my class many years ago that we would need to have flexibility and versatility in our careers. I went on to use and repeat this advice many times in my years of emergency nursing. But it doesn’t only apply to nurses. It fits almost any role we will ever have. A stick in the mud doesn’t accomplish much. Flexibility and versatility get things done and keep us…well…flexible and versatile. 

22

Create Routines

A morning routine, an evening routine, a routine for leaving the house, exercising, budgeting, planning meals, and almost everything else, can get things done without too much thought, simplifying your whole day. Routines give us the advantage of knowing what’s ahead and being prepared. Find out how in The Key To Productive Mornings with Printable Morning Routine Chart.

23

Have A Thankful Attitude

We can nearly always find something to be thankful for. The act of purposeful gratitude can change a bad mood and even a bad day. 

24

Arguing Over Differing Opinions Wastes Time

Relationships are always more important than being right, or even having the ability to express our opinions. It is possible to nurture a relationship and keep nonessential opinions to ourselves. On the other hand….(see next point).

25

Let Truth Guide You

The only real truth is the Truth of God. It is worth standing up for and leaves little room for our own opinions. Things become simpler when we live and breathe the Truth of God. When we see all of life through God’s lens, the one He has given us in the Bible, we can process it all according to His will and ways. Life still won’t always make sense, but we have God’s promises, advice, and the Holy Spirit to guide us through whatever we face.

26

Save Time And Energy By Not Comparing

We need to be so careful not to compare ourselves with others, but follow what we know to be right and true. Everyone has their struggles and most people do their best to hide those struggles and hard places. Each person is trying hard to make it in this world. Don’t be fooled into believing those social media posts. Stopping the comparison goes a long way to making life simpler.

27

Make Clear Space

It’s easier to find things, put things away, and do what needs to be done when the space is clear of extra decor or clutter. If you find yourself leaving things sitting out because it’s too hard to put them away, or there is no place to put them – it’s time to declutter. You can learn how in Clear The Clutter To Create Space And Time and this Helpful Guide To Declutter And Downsize Your Home.

28

Choose Not To Be Offended

Many years ago, I heard a pastor speak on this and it made so much sense. Since then, I have remembered this principle (although I haven’t always followed it perfectly), and have seen so many become offended when no offense was intended. Even if it was intended, we don’t have to go there. We can forgive in the very instant, show love to that person,  and moving on, giving our attention to more important things. Read more about How To Overcome Offense Biblically.

29

Changing Others Is Not Our Job

Most of us have been in a relationship with someone we think needs to change, but guess what? It’s not our job to try changing anyone, in fact trying will just cause further problems (don’t ask me how I know this). But I can tell you that God is the master of change-making. Oftentimes when we ask Him to change someone, we turn out realizing that not only has he taken care of the problem, but that we are the ones changed for the better. 

30

Build In Extra Time

We can’t manufacture time (though we often wish we could), but we can build some margin into everything we schedule. This prevents the stress of running short on time when there is a delay of some kind. You will be glad you built in this buffer when you meet someone in the store you haven’t seen in a long time or when you get stuck in traffic. This is one that I need to work on. I’m famous for being just on time, not early, but not late. But if something holds me up I can get pretty frazzled. 

“More Of Jesus, Less Of Me” Helps To Simplify Life

Learning how to live a simpler life may be easier than you think, first by praying for God’s help, because His way is always best, no matter what. Reading the small bites of things you can do right away in his guide can help you make some changes that will simplify your life.

The goal and purpose for living more intentionally are ultimately more of Jesus. When we are rushing around stressed and anxious, Jesus often gets put in the back seat. But, as you may have noticed, many of these techniques recommend putting God first, relying on Him to get us through. 

If we can re-train ourselves to think of Him first instead of as a last resort, life will be more simple and streamlined. Notice, I did not say “easy”. Because life is rarely easy. John 16:33 says “These things I have spoken to you so that in Me you may have peace. In the world you have tribulation, but take courage; I have overcome the world.”

A more peaceful and simpler life is what most of us crave. Making time for that peace is a great priority to set for yourself. I’d love it if you let me know which of these guidelines has worked for you.

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