Don’t you wish your life was easier?
Every time I would sit down on my couch to work from home, I just couldn’t get started. It was definitely something I needed to do. If I didn’t, it would mean more work later on.
For some reason it was so hard to get motivated, to get going. At first I couldn’t figure out what the problem was. I thought maybe I was just tired of working, but it would still happen on days when I had not worked earlier.
I couldn’t figure out why all of a sudden it was hard for me to focus on work.
After a while I would just give up and do something I couldn’t get off my mind. One time it was a large pile of papers and mail that accumulated over the week. Another time, I was organizing other stuff.
Then it hit me. I was killing my ability to focus on work because I was too focused on the other things I was supposed to have done by then.
It was too hard for me to start what I was trying to do because I was preoccupied with what I was supposed to have finished already. I knew my to-do list was getting longer and longer.
I was driving myself crazy, to the point where I couldn’t do one thing when I was supposed to do it.
I was pretty much getting in my own way. I kept putting things off, to the point where it became a huge mountain of distraction when I needed to do other things.
I was complicating things by making it hard for me to work comfortably, or at all. If you are doing this too it can be extremely hard to see any progress and incredibly easy to be stagnant.
This problem needs to be nipped in the bud, if not things will continually pile up around you. You’ll withdraw, not wanting to be bother with anything because at that point it would be impossible to get going.
You would practically need an overhaul to catch up. And you don’t want to make more work for yourself then necessary.
Basically, what you need to do is stop complicating your life and pave an easy road for yourself. And you can.
The Complicated Life
Unbeknownst to you you’re making your life difficult. Instead of making it easy and seamless to get what you need done, you’re putting obstacles in your path.
It could be putting things off until the last minute. Or worrying about that could go wrong, but likely won’t. Or, not even planning ahead to ensure you’re taking the best steps.
Flying by the seat of your pants can be exciting but also challenging and demotivating.
And it all might not even be your fault. Maybe you saw your mom or sibling doing this growing up. Then it would only be natural that you do the same.
At a glance it can seem pretty harmless. The effects of it don’t really start to take form until much later.
How do you fix it? You have to let go of some things and relearn others. The things you do now are not making it easy for you so you have to switch it up.
When your life is all around easier you will be happier and likely to tackle your goals. The longer your list of achievements gets, the shorter your to-do list will be and the closer you’ll be to living the life you want.
1. Have less
Being cluttered by meaning less junk is not beneficial to you at all. Only buying and keeping what you need and love will save you a lot of money and space.
When your home isn’t over stuffed it feels not only bigger but more comfortable. Constantly seeing things piled up on top of each other can increase anxiety and make you uncomfortable in your own home.
Go through your things and get rid of stuff you don’t use or need anymore.
2. If it doesn’t matter it shouldn’t matter
If you’re always feeling stressed out or worried your probably blowing the little things out of proportion.
Before you get all bent out of shape, determine the magnitude of it. If something is small and insignificant it shouldn’t be able to run your day. Stop focusing on it immediately and positively move on to something more important.
3. Clean as you go
Don’t let simple and quick things pile up into a mountain of work later. Do the little things as you go. Stop setting up a time in the future, like tomorrow or the end of the day, to tidy up. You have a few minutes so do it now, while it’s still a small task.
Keeping things in order at all times prevents it from becoming a messy catastrophe later. As mentioned before, organization does wonders for your mental state also.
4. Be compassionate
Being more understanding is not only beneficial to the recipient but for you as well.
It makes it easier to handle people and come to a resolution during conflict. When you express compassion it demonstrates that you have opened your mind and heart. It shows that you’re truly on the same page, and let’s face it that makes everything easier.
5. Change slowly
Sometimes you want all these changes so bad that you wish it could happen in an instant. Like overnight, just wake up the next morning and you’re automatically doing things differently. But life doesn’t work that way.
Juggling too many changes at once can also be difficult. Life is a balance where you often have to have different balls in the air all at once, but change is a learning process where you figure out what works best for you.
So it’s better to work on changing one thing at a time so you can determine your best method. Give yourself a little time on one before throwing another change item in the mix.
6. Focus on what’s important
Once you’re able to focus on what’s important life becomes a breeze. You’ll know how to handle everything else because you will know exactly where it falls in your life.
Most importantly, you’ll be getting farther in the biggest parts of your life, the areas that truly matter.
What about you…
What could you do to make your life easier?