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5 Simple Steps to Live Life Freely

5 Simple Steps to Live Life Freely

Freedom is funny. We all want it, but we don’t always make the right changes in our habits and lifestyle in order get it. We repeat the same old routines and keep living a life of constant worries, complexity, stress and illusion.

Here are five simple but powerful steps you can take in order to live life freely.

1. Ditch expectations

We expect so many things, all the time. And when they don’t turn out the way we want, we feel disappointed. As a result, we lose hope.

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Before everything else, we need to realize how ridiculous it is to expect something. We want people to act in a certain way, we want events to turn out the way we see them, we want our plans to work. But chances are something else will happen.

We should learn to accept and adapt and that will save us so much stress and so many worries.

2. Simplify

We can’t really ask for freedom if we live a complicated life. We’re overburdened with stuff we don’t even use, have too many things on our mind, worry about the future and have regrets and doubts. All this prevents us from living the way we want and being free to do whatever we want.

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The answer lies in simplicity. Throw away all the things you have but haven’t used in the last few months, spend less time with negative people, have fewer tasks during the day, let go of fears, worries and overthinking. It takes time, but is totally worth it.

Only when you get rid of the unessential, will you hand ave space for new pleasant experiences.

3. You only have the present moment

The past is gone and the future is uncertain. Why do we keep going back to what was?

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It’s time to realize that the only thing we actually possess is the present moment. It’s our duty to cherish it, make the best of it, and when it’s gone to let it go so that we can fully experience the next moment.
After all, life is a series of present moments. Knowing how to focus on each one and appreciate it is the answer to having a life full of happiness and peace.

4. Let go of control

Almost everyone feels the need to control everything. We put too much emphasis on making plans and strategies. But In the end, t control is an illusion. What we need to do is embrace insecurity, live each moment knowing that the next one is going to be better. But even if it’s not we’ll be alright.

Because things are never bad, they are different. And we can still live freely and happily no matter what happens. We just need to learn to let go of what was, enjoy what is and accept what will be.

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5. You don’t need to get it all done

We are too obsessed with the idea of productivity and want to get too many things done fast. That’s why our to-do lists get bigger and bigger every day and completing them becomes an experience we dread.

The truth is that most of the things on our lists are meaningless. They are what we think must be done or what we’re supposed to do. But we get productivity wrong. It only matters if you feel accomplished at the end of the day, if you feel that what you’ve done is essential and have made a difference in your or someone else’s life.

After all, all the meaningful things in life are not considered productive—spending quality time with our loved ones, watching the sunset, playing with our pet, laughing, taking photos of precious moments, and dreaming.

So freedom is a matter of choice. Give these five steps a try, and eventually make them a habit. That’s when your life will change dramatically and you will feel more alive than ever before.

Featured photo credit: Spirited Away, by Stephen Brace via flickr.com

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Last Updated on March 13, 2019

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

1. Work on the small tasks.

When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

2. Take a break from your work desk.

Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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3. Upgrade yourself

Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

4. Talk to a friend.

Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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6. Paint a vision to work towards.

If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

7. Read a book (or blog).

The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

8. Have a quick nap.

If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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9. Remember why you are doing this.

Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

10. Find some competition.

Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

11. Go exercise.

Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

12. Take a good break.

Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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