Monday, September 19, 2011

60 ways to make life simple again

I found this list on this blog {http://www.marcandangel.com/2010/11/01/60-ways-to-make-life-simple-again/} and thought it was great!



  • Don’t try to read other people’s minds.  Don’t make other people try to read yours.  Communicate.

  • Be polite, but don’t try to be friends with everyone around you.  Instead, spend time nurturing your relationships with the people who matter most to you.

  • Your health is your life, keep up with it.  Get an annual physical check-up.

  • Live below your means.  Don’t buy stuff you don’t need.  Always sleep on big purchases.  Create a budget and savings plan and stick to both of them.

  • Get enough sleep every night.  An exhausted mind is rarely productive.

  •  Get up 30 minutes earlier so you don’t have to rush around like a mad man.  That 30 minutes will help you avoid speeding tickets, tardiness, and other unnecessary headaches.

  • Get off your high horse, talk it out, shake hands or hug, and move on.

  • Don’t waste your time on jealously.  The only person you’re competing against is yourself.

  • Surround yourself with people who fill your gaps.  Let them do the stuff they’re better at so you can do the stuff you’re better at.

  • Organize your living space and working space.  Read David Allen’s bookGetting Things Done for some practical organizational guidance.

  • Get rid of stuff you don’t use.

  • Ask someone if you aren’t sure.

  • Spend a little time now learning a time-saving trick or shortcut that you can use over and over again in the future.

  • Don’t try to please everyone.  Just do what you know is right.

  • Don’t drink alcohol or consume recreational drugs when you’re mad or sad.  Take a jog instead.

  • Be sure to pay your bills on time.

  • Fill up your gas tank on the way home, not in the morning when you’re in a hurry.

  • Use technology to automate tasks.

  • Handle important two-minute tasks immediately.

  • Relocate closer to your place of employment.

  • Don’t steal.

  • Always be honest with yourself and others.

  • Say “I love you” to your loved ones as often as possible.

  • Single-task.  Do one thing at a time and give it all you got.

  • Finish one project before you start another.

  • Be yourself.

  • When traveling, pack light.  Don’t bring it unless you absolutely must.

  • Clean up after yourself.  Don’t put it off until later.

  • Learn to cook, and cook.

  • Make a weekly (healthy) menu, and shop for only the items you need.

  • Consider buying and cooking food in bulk.  If you make a large portion of something on Sunday, you can eat leftovers several times during the week without spending more time cooking.

  • Stay out of other people’s drama.  And don’t needlessly create your own.

  • Buy things with cash.

  • Maintain your car, home, and other personal belongings you rely on.

  • Smile often, even to complete strangers.

  • If you hate doing it, stop it.

  • Treat everyone with the same level of respect you would give to your grandfather and the same level of patience you would have with your baby brother.

  • Apologize when you should.

  • Write things down.

  • Be curious.  Don’t be scared to learn something new.

  • Explore new ideas and opportunities often.

  • Don’t be shy.  Network with people.  Meet new people.

  • Don’t worry too much about what other people think about you.

  • Spend time with nice people who are smart, driven, and likeminded.

  • Don’t text and drive.  Don’t drink and drive.

  • Drink water when you’re thirsty.

  • Don’t eat when you’re bored.  Eat when you’re hungry.

  • Exercise every day.  Simply take a long, relaxing walk or commit 30 minutes to an at-home exercise program like the P90X workout.

  • Let go of things you can’t change.  Concentrate on things you can.

  • Find hard work you actually enjoy doing.

  • Realize that the harder you work, the luckier you will become.

  • Follow your heart.  Don’t waste your life fulfilling someone else’s dreams and desires.

  • Set priorities for yourself and act accordingly.

  • Take it slow and add up all your small victories.

  • However good or bad a situation is now, it will change.  Accept this simple fact.

  • Excel at what you do.  Otherwise you’ll just frustrate yourself.

  • Mature, but don’t grow up too fast.

  • Realize that you’re never quite as right as you think you are.

  • Build something or do something that makes you proud.

  • Make mistakes, learn from them, laugh about them, and move along.
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