You see, when we’re born we see the world in an uncomplicated way. We know what we need, and we ask for it. We like nice people, and we don’t like mean people. We sleep when we’re tired, we eat when we’re hungry, and we stop eating when we’re full.
As we grow older, we eat and drink to console ourselves, rather than addressing what’s bothering us. We overwork to avoid close relationships, rather than finding people we can trust to form strong bonds with. We hold grudges, play games, spend more than we make, want things we don’t need, and we get too far away from our basic human needs. In other words, we complicate things.
Here are 100 ways to uncomplicate it.
1. Don’t try to read other people’s minds.
2. Get up 30 minutes earlier so that you don’t rush/get a ticket while driving too fast/have to explain why you’re late/get fired.
3. Get 8 hours of sleep per night so that you think more clearly.
4. Stick to your budget.
5. Start saving and investing every week, no matter how little you can spare.
6. Balance your checkbook.
7. Don’t try to be friends with everyone. Cultivate closer relationships with fewer people.
8. Don’t try to do business with everyone. Identify your target client and take very good care of them.
9. Before getting angry, ask yourself if it will really matter in 20 years.
10. Focus on being a good person, not on pleasing others.
11. Stay home this Saturday, and finish off that nagging chore that you need to finish.
12. Kiss and make up.
13. Make a weekly menu, and shop for only those items at the market.
14. Ask your grandparents the best way to uncomplicate life, and try it for a month.
15. Fill up your gas tank when it’s half full.
16. Don’t drink alcohol when you’re tired, sad or mad.
17. Pay your bills on time.
18. Get an annual physical examination.
19. Say “I love you” to your significant other and to your children. Studies show that more marriages last, and fewer kids use drugs, when these words are spoken every day.
20. For just one day, imagine everyone’s intentions are good because most people’s are.
21. Give away clothes that haven’t been worn in two years.
22. Throw out clothes that are in disrepair, and can’t be mended.
23. When you have a conflict with someone, talk it out. Don’t let it turn into more than it is.
24. Know what your priorities are in life, and act as if they are your priorities.
25. Tell the truth.
26. Don’t cheat.
27. Don’t steal.
28. If you’re holding on to a ridiculous grudge, let it go.
29. Clean your house weekly, so that it doesn’t become too large a chore.
30. Do your best at work, or at school.
31. Don’t eat when you aren’t hungry.
32. Eat when you are hungry.
33. Be yourself.
34. Say no unapologetically.
35. Cook simple meals.
36. Don’t try to keep up with the Joneses.
37. Pay off your car before buying a new one.
38. Organize your desk at the office.
39. Change your smoke alarm batteries when the clocks spring forward, and again when they fall back.
40. Organize your important paperwork.
41. Take only half the clothes that you planned to take with you on holiday.
42. Help your children with their homework every night, and have an open dialogue with their teachers.
43. Have white sheets and white towels in children’s rooms/bathrooms, because they’re easily bleached.
44. Spend your time with nice people.
45. Avoid drama.
46. Don’t text or talk on the phone while driving.
47. Turn off the television/video games/computer; they’re time consumers.
48. Don’t engage in office politics.
49. Refuse to gossip, or talk behind other people’s backs.
50. Do the dishes right after dinner.
51. Never go to sleep angry.
52. Ask nicely for what you need and want.
53. Walk 10,000 steps per day to help your heart.
54. Do 20 push-ups before speaking in anger.
55. Leave work at work.
56. Don’t befriend anyone that isn’t trustworthy.
57. Don’t envy others.
58. Have your oil changed.
59. Take vitamin C BEFORE you catch a cold.
60. Don’t work more than 8 hours per day.
61. Weed your garden weekly.
62. Wash your car weekly.
63. Have a spring cleaning month every year, and do one room at a time.
64. You don’t need to be best friends with work colleagues, but build respectful partnerships.
65. Don’t drink and drive.
66. Don’t look for reasons to be angry or sad, look for reasons to be happy. You’ll always be able to find plenty of each.
67. Be friendly with your neighbors.
68. Return emails and phone messages promptly.
69. Schedule in free time.
70. Don’t procrastinate.
71. Do what you say you’ll do, when you say you’ll do it.
72. Be more flexible when you’re able to be.
73. Forgive and forget. End of story.
74. Break the consumerism habit…put a three month moratorium in place on buying anything not deemed a necessity.
75. Start your diet on September 1, rather than January 1, so that you won’t also have holiday pounds to lose.
76. Take care of any health issues or concerns.
77. Have your tires rotated.
78. Have your brakes checked.
79. Have your eyes checked.
80. Don’t let your imagination run away with you.
81. Let go of perfection in others.
82. Let go of perfection in yourself.
83. Don’t try to help those that refuse to help themselves.
84. Find a way to reduce your commute to work.
85. Have an alloted amount of worry time per day/week, that you strictly abide by.
86. Drink more water.
87. Eat more salmon.
88. Don’t make a mountain out of a molehill.
89. Wear your hair in a classic, easy to care for style.
90. Finish what you start.
91. Wear classic clothes and shoes that never go out of style.
92. Create a daily routine.
93. Have a 1, 5, 10 and 20 year plan for your financial and life goals.
94. Slow down.
95. Eat out less often.
96. When you ask your husband which outfit looks best, thank him for his answer and wear the one he liked rather than focusing on why he didn’t like the other one.
97. Allow your children to grow up.
98. Clean out your garage, and donate anything that hasn’t been used in the past year.
99. Stretch every day.
100. If a relationship is over, let it go.