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6 Quick Things You Can Do Right Now to Declutter Your Life

6 Quick Things You Can Do Right Now to Declutter Your Life

Is it possible to declutter your life right now?

Absolutely.

We all live in chaos to some extent, and a little order, a little peace, clarity and cleanness can never hurt.

It is possible to have that in your life right now. I can’t promise you that the clutter will be gone, or even that it will be reduced for a long time. But I know that there are small actions we can take today that will make a big difference in our tomorrow.

And if we make it a habit to always look for chances to declutter, to free ourselves from stuff, people and thoughts we don’t really need, we can have a pretty peaceful life with days filled with more joy and less or no stress.

Here are the 6 things you can do today to have a better tomorrow:

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1. Throw away stuff

I know many people who keep old possessions they haven’t used for years, who have sentimental objects that just take space and not only need to be cleaned and fixed every now and then but also make them upset and become a burden.

Such people live in denial. They’re too attached to their belongings and that makes them weak. The only option to have more freedom in your life in such case is to throw things you don’t use or need away. Give them to charity or to friends if you can. But just get rid of them.

Remember that they take up space in your house, but also in your mind and soul. So don’t let them complicate your life. Simplify it by removing them from your home and thus create more space for something new and better.

2. Leave unfinished projects behind

It’s in our nature nowadays to want it all. To want more of everything, to get things done faster, and to start new projects before we’ve completed the previous ones.

It’s the same with daily tasks. We want to cross as many as we can off the to-do list, and the result is that we haven’t done anything properly and still don’t feel accomplished at the end of the day.

Taking up many projects, knowing that we don’t have the time and energy to give our best and focus on each, is what makes us unproductive and unorganized.

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Clutter comes into our life, stays there, and we get overburdened with new tasks. We feel overwhelmed and stressed.

What to do?

Learn how to focus on 1-3 big things a day. And most importantly, focus on one activity at a time. Only this way can you do your best and see results.

Also, learn to eliminate things that are meaningless, not urgent or have nothing to do with your life goals.

Many of the projects we take up are like that. We either do them for someone else or just think they must be done. When, in fact, our life won’t change in any way even if we leave them unfinished.

3. Declutter your room

It all starts there.

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If you wake up and see a pile of clothes next to you and tens of notes and folders on your desk, then you start the day in a bad mood and nothing seems to be able to make it better.

But it takes just one day – a few hours actually – to put everything back in its place. And to learn to keep it like that. Then you’ll feel a lot better, find things easier at home and be more organized.

4. Eliminate toxic people

Some people in your surroundings are toxic. You may not have realized it, but they are too negative, discourage you, treat you badly, require too much attention, and don’t support you in your endeavors.

Well, these are the types of people you shouldn’t spend time with.  Make your circle smaller, `your vision and peace of mind will get bigger.

5. Reduce your desires

It’s often chaos in our heads too. We think about so much stuff all the time. And, which is worse, we want many things at once.

Our life goals are way too many. And the short-term ones are even more. Which makes it impossible for us to actually do something about them and move forward. That’s because at any moment we want to achieve more in so many areas in life, that we end up getting nothing done.

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Also, the mind needs to be focused on 1-3 things. So prioritize and work only on what matters and will give you the results you want.

6. Have routines

Life is way easier if you have a fixed time for waking up, have planned out your first hour of the day (which is your morning ritual), know what to do first when you go to work (or to your home office), and basically when you have set hours for everything.

It doesn’t mean you need to be punctual and do everything on autopilot all day. It just means that you won’t need to think too much about it and waste energy in planning your whole day over and over.

You can also decide what to eat for breakfast every day, what to do before you go to sleep, when to check email and when to be active on social media. Things like that matter a lot as usually, we spend too much time trying to think of the best option for the current situation.

In fact, what we need is routines. They also help us find balance and discipline in our day.

Conclusion

So these are the 6 quick things you can do right now that will help you declutter your life. Try them out for yourself to see that they work wonders.

Over time, turn all these into habits. As a result, you’ll feel so much better, will start the day with positive energy and ready to do your best, will be disciplined and have more willpower. That’s how the clutter eventually goes away. And then makes room in your mind, home and life for freedom, joy, rest, better people and optimism.

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8 Simple Mindfulness Exercises to Bring Peace and Happiness to Your Life

8 Simple Mindfulness Exercises to Bring Peace and Happiness to Your Life

In life, we all need to be conscientious of what we are doing. You don’t need to live a life of stress if you don’t want to. You can achieve peace and happiness in life by carefully building mindfulness exercises into your life’s routine.

Exercising mindfulness isn’t rocket science and as importantly, you can do it. It will, however, take a few tries to get into the groove of things but once you get it, it is like riding a bike, you will never lose it.

Trust me. It’s in your best interest to learn and put these mindfulness exercises into practice. In this article, I will share with you 8 mindfulness exercises that will help you to boost your energy, vitality and live a more peaceful and happier life.

Why Is It Hard to Live A Peaceful And Happy Life?

Our Habitat Has Become Too Technological

The world has accepted the idea that technology is often the cure for all evil. We have accepted, as a society, that everything technological will make us live a better life without fully investigating the many side effects that modernity brings.

There are a number of technological side effects that have a tremendous impact on your life that the media rarely tells you about.[1] Some of them include self-harm, economic inequality, having less sex, and even suicide. The global community is becoming less happy because of technology.

How can anybody live a peaceful and happy life when they are depressed? Technology advancements, ladies and gents, is a major reason for why we are living a poor life because it has infiltrated our lives too much.

According to my research, Americans spend an average of 8 hours a day looking at the computer screen — The average screen time spent on smartphones alone is about 20 hours per week. That’s a lot! No wonder why living a happy and peaceful life is so difficult these days.

Too Many People Don’t Want to Unplug

Americans check their phones an average of 80 times during vacation.[2] Some admit to checking their smartphones 300 times every single day. In countries like Brazil, India and China, the situation is no different.

The reality is that people are constantly plugged into technological devices and this behavior is literally making people all over the globe fight an inner war with themselves, which consequently makes them very sad. As we know, war is the enemy of peace which won’t make anybody happy.

Listen carefully:

We have a global anxiety epidemic because people don’t want to unplug from their smartphones and most people aren’t doing anything to fix it. It is a sad state of affairs but very real. This obsession with technology is turning us into perishable robots who live terrible lives.

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The era of anxiety is here to stay. There is little doubt about it. We can, however, fight back with the best remedy of all — We call it mindfulness!

Thank God there is an antidote to this whole technological madness. Without further ado, let’s go straight to the mindful exercises.

8 Mindfulness Exercises to Start Practicing

There are tons of mindfulness exercises available for you to engage with out there.[3] In the paragraphs below, I will include the best ones I’ve personally tried or have seen my close friends and family members try.

Are you ready for it? Let’s go!

1. Pray Daily

You should pray on a daily basis. Why is that you may ask — Well, because science has told us to do so.

When people pray, they feel peaceful, almost eliminating anxiety. Worries become secondary, and often gives people energy and hope to cope with the difficulties of life.

Prayer can make you more confident and focused. Prayer also helps you with self-control, helps to control pain, and can protect you against illnesses and disorders like cancer and high blood pressure. At least, this is what researchers from Harvard Medical School have said.[4]

Pray. You won’t regret it.[5]

2. Pay Attention to Your Inner Thoughts

A lot of people allow themselves to be influenced by their negative thoughts. Be different and resist believing in them. It is a bad habit that can lead to unhappiness.

By the way, if you do feel this way, chances are high that somebody other than you put these thoughts into your head.

Here is my secret to combat this cancer — look at things objectively. I bet that if you look at things as they are, you will realize that most if not all of your negative thoughts are only inside of your head.

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If you pay close attention, you will quickly realize that these voices aren’t worth your time. Believe me — Ignoring them and looking at things with objectivity is often the best course of action.

This article can guide you to beat negative thoughts:

How to Stop Automatic Negative Thoughts When You’re Overwhelmed

3. Smile Often

Smiling will slow down your heart. It will also relax your body because when you smile, your body releases endorphins which in itself has a number of positive benefits for you as a person.

Smile often! You may want to smile early in the morning, during the day, and late in the evening. It is amazing what happens to you when you decide to smile instead of being grumpy.

Surrender your problems to a nice smile. You will notice two things. First, most people just don’t which makes them live a miserable life. Second, if you decide to smile often, you will eventually smile unconsciously which is the ideal.

The moment that you smile unconsciously, you then know that you are truly happy.

4. Organize Your Working Desk

A messy desk will make you less productive and can agitate and overstimulate you. You don’t want that.

When you clear your desk, you engage in deep inner-thinking and your systematic decision making ends up becoming therapeutic.

Most people realize that they are most creative when their creative space is clean and organized. The former often makes people more aware of what they are doing which lends to less stress and more productivity.

Organizing your desk will also make you more energetic and focused because order often decreases chaos which is a condition that often slows down daily progress.

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5. Celebrate Your Friend’s Victories

I love this mindful exercise. One of the best ways to live a happy and peaceful life is to celebrate the victories of others. When you do that, you automatically make your friends in a better mood which makes you in a better mood, as well.

Happiness is contagious! We might as well celebrate others as much as we can. If you find out that your peer has won an award, celebrate with him! If your friend is the recipient of a local charity award, celebrate with her!

What is also awesome is that when you celebrate with others, they often celebrate with you in return. This, ladies and gentleman, will make you feel fantastic. You can’t go wrong with this one, period.

6. Listen to Your Spouse/Partner

God put someone in your life for a reason. You might as well listen to him or her.

I listen to my wife everyday. In fact, I often ask the following question to her, “Amanda, what are your thoughts about…” or “What am I missing about…” It is shocking what I hear back from her. Without her having much context and perspective, by the art of observation in my own nonverbal behavior and the behavior of others, she accurately gives me incredible insights which helps me out with living my life to the fullest.

I’m a firm believer that spouses are supposed to engage in interpersonal communication every day. I most definitely do and will continue doing it. You should do the same.

7. Give Yourself a Break from Technology

You can’t be in total equilibrium if your computerized devices control your life. You must get away from technology on a daily basis.[6]

How do you do that? This is my formula:

First, take this smartphone control test. It is only ten questions but this test will place you somewhere in the human robot cycle continuum.

If your score is between 25-30, take a break from the computer (or smartphone, pad, laptop/desktop) every twenty minutes and stop being on a computerized device after 8:00pm.

If you score between 30-35, still take a break every 20 minutes but stop being on these devices at 5:00pm.

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If you score more than 35, you need to take action immediately.

Limit computer use as much as possible throughout the day. Give yourself as many breaks from the computer as possible. Are you ready for the challenge?

8. Go Exercise

Go exercise at least three times a week. I don’t care if you need to workout early in the morning, late in the evening, on the weekends or during work days. Working out is absolutely imperative for you to live happy and peaceful life.

The stresses of the modern world are too much for you to neglect this important mindfulness exercise. When you go to the gym, you burn calories, focus on activities one step at a time, your mind relaxes, anxiety decreases, you sweat and often think about topics unrelated to your work place among many other benefits.

You must exercise at least three hours each week for optimum results. Why? Just take a look at all the benefits of regular exercising:

12 Benefits of Regular Exercise You Should Know

The Bottom Line

It’s in your best interest to learn and put these mindfulness exercises into practice. Now that our habitat has become too technological and many people just don’t want to unplug, engaging in daily prayer, celebrate your friends’ victories, and listening to your spouse are among the best ways to be mindful about what you are doing and how you are living.

It is possible to live a happy and peaceful life. It only depends on you.

Go exercise! Take a break from technology and invest in you! Life is too short for distractions.

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