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47 Things You Can Do To Make Your Life Simple

47 Things You Can Do To Make Your Life Simple

You think that your life is hard, the world’s unfair, and you just want to have a simple life you used to have when you were a child….do these 47 things to make your life simple again:

  1. Talk with each other, don’t guess what others’ thinking.
  2. Be friendly to people around you, wearing a smile can change your day.
  3. Treasure the friendships you have, you don’t need to be friends with everyone.
  4. Hang out with positive people who can boost your energy.
  5. Ask questions if there’s something you’re not sure about.
  6. Follow what your heart tells you.
  7. Accept things and people to be imperfect.
  8. Accept the fact that you’re imperfect as well. A man’s got a limit.
  9. Don’t always ask “why?”, ask “why not?”.
  10. Forget what others think of you and demand for you.
  11. If you want to cry, just cry. Crying doesn’t mean you’re weak.
  12. Be mature, and be playful still.
  13. Treat others as you’d like to be treated; give out what you want to receive.
  14. Stop expecting yourself to please everyone around you.
  15. Don’t let the weather affect your mood. You can’t control the weather but you can handle your emotions.
  16. Get some sleep when you’re tired, don’t stay up late for no reasons.
  17. Get up early to enjoy the quiet morning.
  18. You have the control over your body, ignore others’ judgement on it as long as you’re healthy.
  19. Eat healthily, yet there’s no need to stop eating all the sweets and snacks as they can add fun to your life.
  20. Don’t get addicted to alcohol, drugs and cigarette.
  21. Only eat when you’re hungry, not because you’re sad or bored.
  22. Do exercise regularly.
  23. Think about what you have now and feel satisfied about it.
  24. Always buy what you need, not what you want. Your desire is endless.
  25. Don’t want to have something only because others have it.
  26. Be true to yourself and don’t lie to others.
  27. Don’t be afraid to say “I love you” to people who you care about.
  28. It’s okay to lose your temper, just don’t hurt anyone.
  29. Don’t argue for the sake of fighting, discuss with reasons.
  30. Apologize when you’ve done something wrong.
  31. Allow mistakes and forgive others.
  32. Be opened to learn about new stuff.
  33. Don’t hide yourself, you should meet the world.
  34. Keep a notebook to take note of important things.
  35. Learn to use technology to simplify your daily life.
  36. De-clutter and make space for yourself to work or do whatever you’ll do.
  37. Learn to cook, so you won’t eat-out too often.
  38. When you buy things, buy them with cash and avoid using credit/debit cards.
  39. Find the job that you like to do.
  40. Set a goal for yourself.
  41. Make priorities for what you want to do.
  42. Do something that you’ll feel proud of.
  43. Learn from the past, let go of your guilt and move on with your daily life.
  44. Find out what’s most important right now and focus on this.
  45. Hope for the best; plan for the worst.
  46. Have faith in yourself (and God).
  47. If there’s anything you hate to do, just stop doing it. (Yes as simple as that!)

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The Gentle Art of Saying No

The Gentle Art of Saying No

No!

It’s a simple fact that you can never be productive if you take on too many commitments — you simply spread yourself too thin and will not be able to get anything done, at least not well or on time.

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But requests for your time are coming in all the time — through phone, email, IM or in person. To stay productive, and minimize stress, you have to learn the Gentle Art of Saying No — an art that many people have problems with.

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What’s so hard about saying no? Well, to start with, it can hurt, anger or disappoint the person you’re saying “no” to, and that’s not usually a fun task. Second, if you hope to work with that person in the future, you’ll want to continue to have a good relationship with that person, and saying “no” in the wrong way can jeopardize that.

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But it doesn’t have to be difficult or hard on your relationship. Here are the Top 10 tips for learning the Gentle Art of Saying No:

  1. Value your time. Know your commitments, and how valuable your precious time is. Then, when someone asks you to dedicate some of your time to a new commitment, you’ll know that you simply cannot do it. And tell them that: “I just can’t right now … my plate is overloaded as it is.”
  2. Know your priorities. Even if you do have some extra time (which for many of us is rare), is this new commitment really the way you want to spend that time? For myself, I know that more commitments means less time with my wife and kids, who are more important to me than anything.
  3. Practice saying no. Practice makes perfect. Saying “no” as often as you can is a great way to get better at it and more comfortable with saying the word. And sometimes, repeating the word is the only way to get a message through to extremely persistent people. When they keep insisting, just keep saying no. Eventually, they’ll get the message.
  4. Don’t apologize. A common way to start out is “I’m sorry but …” as people think that it sounds more polite. While politeness is important, apologizing just makes it sound weaker. You need to be firm, and unapologetic about guarding your time.
  5. Stop being nice. Again, it’s important to be polite, but being nice by saying yes all the time only hurts you. When you make it easy for people to grab your time (or money), they will continue to do it. But if you erect a wall, they will look for easier targets. Show them that your time is well guarded by being firm and turning down as many requests (that are not on your top priority list) as possible.
  6. Say no to your boss. Sometimes we feel that we have to say yes to our boss — they’re our boss, right? And if we say “no” then we look like we can’t handle the work — at least, that’s the common reasoning. But in fact, it’s the opposite — explain to your boss that by taking on too many commitments, you are weakening your productivity and jeopardizing your existing commitments. If your boss insists that you take on the project, go over your project or task list and ask him/her to re-prioritize, explaining that there’s only so much you can take on at one time.
  7. Pre-empting. It’s often much easier to pre-empt requests than to say “no” to them after the request has been made. If you know that requests are likely to be made, perhaps in a meeting, just say to everyone as soon as you come into the meeting, “Look guys, just to let you know, my week is booked full with some urgent projects and I won’t be able to take on any new requests.”
  8. Get back to you. Instead of providing an answer then and there, it’s often better to tell the person you’ll give their request some thought and get back to them. This will allow you to give it some consideration, and check your commitments and priorities. Then, if you can’t take on the request, simply tell them: “After giving this some thought, and checking my commitments, I won’t be able to accommodate the request at this time.” At least you gave it some consideration.
  9. Maybe later. If this is an option that you’d like to keep open, instead of just shutting the door on the person, it’s often better to just say, “This sounds like an interesting opportunity, but I just don’t have the time at the moment. Perhaps you could check back with me in [give a time frame].” Next time, when they check back with you, you might have some free time on your hands.
  10. It’s not you, it’s me. This classic dating rejection can work in other situations. Don’t be insincere about it, though. Often the person or project is a good one, but it’s just not right for you, at least not at this time. Simply say so — you can compliment the idea, the project, the person, the organization … but say that it’s not the right fit, or it’s not what you’re looking for at this time. Only say this if it’s true — people can sense insincerity.

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