LRS 009: The Year of Less: 12 Things to Eliminate and Stop Doing 174

12 things to eliminate and stop doing - podcast episode

Welcome to the 9th episode of The Let’s Reach Success Podcast. You can now listen to it on iTunes and Stitcher. This one is on things to eliminate for optimal living.

We are all trying to get more of everything in life. And when we do, the desire increases and we want even more. This way satisfaction never comes and we become greedy creatures looking for ways to satisfy our needs.

But more is not the answer. Less is.

We try so hard to achieve more, be better, have more of certain feelings and qualities, possess stuff, bring more people into our life, have more things to do, speak more and get information all the time.
But we never actually experience any of that. And this makes it pointless.

That’s because of complexity. We’re overburdened. We can’t breathe freely, or slow down, or enjoy one thing at a time.

The solution lies in simplicity.

Regardless of where you are in your life now, what you have and where you’re going, you need more simplicity.
Instead of adding, you need to exclude. And instead of keeping things and holding onto people, memories and ideals, you need to let go.

That’s why I created the year of less and will be working on it and creating content on that topic each month during 2016.

So why do I choose less over more?

Less is better, and most of the times it is more. Simplicity is the origin of a happy, balanced and contented life.
This lifestyle is a choice, though. Everyone can have it but no matter how simple it may sound many will find it hard because of the complex daily life we have – with so many tasks, information, communication, technology, things to do, eat, buy, and so on.

I believe that you can feel the benefits and freedom of minimalism only if you try it and see the actual results and changes in you, your habits, actions and thoughts.
So I suggest you give it a try and decide for yourself whether it’s better that way.

Listen to the episode to learn more about the 12 things to eliminate that I’ll discuss over the next 12 months.

Show Notes:

  • The new thing I’m working on [0:20]
  • Why I chose the topic of simplicity [1:20]
  • What’s The Year of Less and my vision for it [2:20]
  • Why less is better than more [3:08]
  • The 12 things to eliminate and do less of for a simpler and happier life [4:35]

Mentioned:

12 Things to Eliminate and Stop Doing

1. Toxic people

2. Past and future thoughts

3. Unproductive activities and unimportant tasks

4. Perfectionism

5. Multitasking

6. Excess belongings

7. Expectations

8. Being in a hurry

9. Comparison

10. Overthinking

11. Seeking happiness in outer sources

12. Anger and fear

 

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12 Things to Eliminate

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Signs You’re Stuck in a Rut (and How to Get Out) 17

signs you're stuck in a rut and what to do about it

Life has its ups and downs for all of us, but sometimes those downs creep up and take hold without us noticing. All of a sudden we look around and realize that we’ve found ourselves stuck deep in a rut. If you don’t know you’re in a rut, it can be very difficult to get out and this can lead to lasting negative effects on your health and happiness.

So how do you know when you’re in a rut?

And, more importantly, what can you do to get back on track?

One of the biggest red flags that demonstrate that you might be drifting listlessly through your own life is that you spend most of it daydreaming of being somewhere else.

It’s perfectly normal to spend some time in the office wishing you were lying on a beach instead, but if this is a permanent state of affairs, it’s a sign that you’re dangerously bored. Try adding some spontaneity into your life to liven things up a bit, at least until that next vacation.

If you don’t have an exotic location to jet off to, you need to make sure you still have some things to look forward to. If the only thing you have any anticipation for is getting into bed at the end of every day, then you’re definitely in a rut and need to start finding enjoyment in the little things in life, appreciating all of the things that come in between waking up and going back to bed again.

Social media is a great tool for lots of things in our lives. But it can also have a very damaging effect on your mental health because it’s easy to be fooled by the edited highlights of their lives people put on there. This can leave you feeling envious because the day to day reality of your life doesn’t look like what you assume everyone’s life is, so stop obsessing over other people and shift your focus back to yourself.

Doing this shouldn’t come at the expense of actually ever seeing other people or doing anything, of course. So if you’re finding that you are spending all of your time at home rather than getting out and seeing friends, or claiming that you don’t have time to do anything (when the reality is quite the opposite), these are all also signs that you need to think hard about changing your habits.

Nobody ever wants to get stuck in a rut, but in a world where work-life balances are getting ever more hard to maintain and technology is eating into face to face interactions, it’s easy to find yourself wondering where your life went. These tips from NetCredit will help you identify whether you are living yours in a rut and will help you start to find your way out again.

More tips on how to get unstuck:

How to Get Your Motivation Back
How to Boost Your Energy and Vitality for a Successful Life
How to Embrace Acceptance in Life
How to Deal with Indecisiveness