9 Tips for Simplifying Your Life and Waking Up Truly Excited to Start Your Day


Byline: Mark Tong


Well, life’s a puzzle, that’s for sure.

It’s easy to be confused as to how to fit together all that you’re supposed to do, be and have every day.

And your life picture is fragmented. So many awkward pieces that just don’t connect. Despite your very best efforts you can only manage one small corner of your daily puzzle at any one time.

It’s time to discard those pieces that are spoiling your fabulous life picture.

It’s time to slow down. Breathe. Start again.

It’s time to simplify.

How to wake up truly excited to start your day.

1. Give away your second everything

Declutter your home of all the items that have somehow duplicated themselves while you weren’t looking. Keep just one of each item, give away all duplicates, and delight in the clear space created.

2. Delete 80% of your digital photos

Ditch unimportant memories and declutter your mind. Keep only the super precious images you would pay hard cash to have printed and framed to hang on the wall. Free up not just your device’s memory but yours also for great new experiences, allowing it to run leaner, faster, better!

3. Purge your icons, apps, links and bookmarks

Plug in to a distraction free environment by systematically removing all the non-essential distractions on your devices. If you haven’t used it in the last month, you can probably live without it. Your new streamlined experience will result in greater productivity and clarity.

4. Disappoint people early.

Simplify your commitments by contacting the last 3 people you said ‘yes’ to and apologize for extending the deadline or canceling altogether. You’re already overworked and overwhelmed and this will save you days of fretting over something you can’t fit in to an already overburdened schedule.

5. Simplify your social life

Politely cut off contact with people who are not benefiting your life, people who are causing you stress, wasted time or complication. Instead, free up your precious energy for relationships that matter to you and will move you forward in life.

6. Enlist the cooperation of others

Halve the time, stress and effort of completing tasks by cooperating and working with others who share similar mindsets, goals or values. Pool your skills and resources to build up a regular network for mutual simplification and enrichment in life.

7. Streamline every task

Simplify every time you undertake a task by missing out one step. Experiment with removing unnecessary parts of the process to achieve the same or near-same result for less time and effort.

8. Junk that half-finished novel

Clear out that book you started writing 5 years ago, that part-built website you haven’t touched in ages or that half-restored car that’s been sitting in the garage since you bought it. These distractions are just muddling your thinking of who you are and what you really want to achieve.

9. Identify your top 3 desires

Create clarity in your over-busy mind by identifying your three most commonly recurring desires. Take action right now to do whatever is necessary to move on with these. For instance, if you constantly think about being overweight, take one micro-step towards losing weight right now. Focusing on only a few, really important or pressing goals will create momentum and results.

Life doesn’t have to be a puzzle.

Juggling too many pieces of your daily puzzle will never let you enjoy the picture you dream of.

But decluttering your environment and simplifying your thoughts will allow you to ease through each day with way more energy and effectiveness.

Take back control of your daily puzzle by starting with the simple action steps above. Begin with one or two. Build in the others when you’re ready.

By swapping complication for simplicity you will create space to breathe, think, and enjoy your day.

Rekindle your enthusiasm for life right now and wake up truly excited to start your day.

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12 Responses to 9 Tips for Simplifying Your Life and Waking Up Truly Excited to Start Your Day

  1. Ellen August 21, 2015 at 9:47 am #

    Lovely post Mark and Laura. I especially like 2 and 3 – it’s amazing how much extra ‘stuff’ we keep because it’s easy in terms of the digital world. I have 5k photos on my computer, taking up space I definitely need, and I am sure half of them are rubbish. Time for a serious declutter! Thanks for the great reminders :-)

    • Mark August 24, 2015 at 9:11 pm #

      Hi Ellen

      Absolutely – we have a motion detection camera for wildlife spotting and last time I cleared out 1.3GB of unwanted video!

  2. Quinn Eurich August 22, 2015 at 12:27 am #

    Good one Mark!

    And just what I needed to read today!

    Am congratulating myself on taking action today on both 4 (Disappointing People Early) and 5 (Simplifying my Social Life).

    Thankfully it was easy because both of them involved the same people!



    • Mark August 24, 2015 at 9:12 pm #

      Hi Quinn

      Well done to you! No one wants to disappoint people but if you’ve overstretched yourself it’s far better to gracefully bow out than get overwhelmed and stressed.

  3. Ann August 22, 2015 at 2:13 am #

    Great post-Mark, my favorite is #4 :)

    • Mark August 24, 2015 at 9:13 pm #

      Thanks Ann

      I’m sure you don’t disappoint too many people:)

  4. Valerie Leroyer August 23, 2015 at 12:32 pm #

    Thanks Mark for this short list. The truth is that 5 and 6 are the most important for me:)

  5. Mark August 24, 2015 at 9:15 pm #

    Hi Valerie

    I used to do everything on my own and now I try to partner with someone and the difference is amazing.

  6. Elle August 25, 2015 at 1:27 pm #

    #9 is the one that strikes me Mark. If we know what our priorities in life are, we can do a little something every day to fulfill them.

    Great read.

    • Mark Tong August 26, 2015 at 4:21 pm #

      Thanks Elle. We believe it’s all about taking small steps consistently and life can be what we truly wish it to be.

  7. Kathy @ SMART Living 365.com August 31, 2015 at 12:14 am #

    Happy to see you here on Midway Simplicity Mark (and Laura!) It is a small world these days with the internet. This post offers really good and practical advice…. #2 and #3 are the most challenging for me these days. I actually tried to put a bunch of photo on dropbox and overloaded the “free” part :-( Reminding each other of such important steps is so important. One step at a time! ~Kathy

  8. Mose Killean September 4, 2015 at 1:52 pm #

    Your life doesn’t have the space for people who are depleting you. Simplify your social life, and you’ll find that your relationships serve your life, rather than causing you further stress.

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