Going Slow and Simple

Slow down sign

The trouble with life on the fast lane is that it can get too hectic and frenzied at times. And it can get overwhelming and extremely stressful if left unchecked. Imagine if you have a slow mode switch that you can just turn on when things get too frantic so you can take the time to breathe and enjoy moments when you can simply be. Luckily, you do not need a magical or high-technology device to slow down. Here are some good reads about slowing down to relax and embrace the present moment.

Chasing Slow: Courage to Journey Off the Beaten Path by Erin Loechner

“I used to think the opposite of control was chaos. But it’s not. The opposite of control is surrender.”

Loving My Actual Life: An Experiment in Relishing What’s Right in Front of Me by Alexandra Kuykendall

“There is no passion to be found playing small—in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living,”

Present Over Perfect: Leaving Behind Frantic For a Simpler, More Soulful Way of Living by Shauna Niequist

“Present is living with your feet firmly grounded in reality, pale and uncertain as it may seem. Present is choosing to believe that your own life is worth investing deeply in, instead of waiting for some rare miracle or fairytale. Present means we understand that the here and now is sacred, sacramental, threaded through with divinity even in its plainness. Especially in its plainness.”

Simple Matters: Living With Less and Ending Up With More by Erin Boyle

“There were missteps. Things collected that we didn’t really need. Money spent that might have been saved. Arguments that we’d one day learn to navigate.”

5 TED Talks That Will Make You Want to Simplify Your Life

In today’s hyper-connected world, life seems to have taken on a more complex turn. While some people thrive on the fast lane, there are others who may be yearning for a simpler and slower pace. Whether you are thinking of making some lifestyle changes or just curious about living with less, here are some inspiring talks that will make you want to simplify your life.

1. Adam Baker: Sell your crap. Pay your debt. Do what you love.

What would freedom be like in your life? If you have pondered on that question at some point then you need to see this video. Adam Baker shares some insights into what happens when you accumulate so much stuff and how downsizing to pursue what you love can be a transformative experience.

2. Angela Horn: The less you own, the more you have

Writer and minimalist lifestyle blogger Angela Horn takes an insightful look into the perks of downsizing. She also talks about how living with less could actually give you not just more cash but also the freedom to do what you want.

3. Graham Hill: Less stuff, more happiness

Writer and founder of founder of TreeHugger.com Graham Hill is also an advocate of minimalism and sustainable lifestyle. In this talk, he shares insights on how owning less can create more space for happiness. He also offers some ideas on how to edit and simplify one’s life.

4. Jon Jandai: Life is easy. Why do we make it so hard?

Jon Jandai is the founder of the Pun Pun Center for Self-reliance in Chiang Mai — a center that promotes sustainable lifestyle. He talks about simple ways to live more sustainably and finding ways to make life simpler.

5. The Minimalists: A rich life with less stuff

Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus are the duo behind The Minimalists, a popular blog on minimalism. Here they share their personal stories and experiences about minimalism as well as what prompted them to start living with less.

Keeping Life Simple and Organized

Getting organized and creating some semblance of structure can help simplify daily life. While it may not guarantee that everything will go smoothly, but it could ease the strain of dealing with so many things that could overwhelm you. When you organize your life, you can get more things done while minimizing or eliminating the stressors that could slow you down. Once you acquire the habit, it becomes much easier to keep your life organized. Here are some of the good reasons why it helps to be organized and have a bit of structure in your life.

It makes you more productive and efficient. As you get organized, you establish routines that make it easier for you to perform tasks more efficiently and effectively. You form habits around these daily routines that make for more seamless actions. This can help smooth the flow of your day so you can focus your energy on more complex and high-priority tasks.

It keeps you prepared. While too much predictability can be boring, a certain measure of it gives you the confidence that you know what to expect from your day. This provides a level of comfort, especially during hectic days when everything seems so chaotic and unpredictable.

It reduces unnecessary stress. You achieve a sense of serenity when you organize your life. It helps clear away mental and physical clutter that can disturb your inner calm. You can feel more at ease and at peace when the structure you created provides the orderliness you need to live a more peaceful life.

It gives you more time to focus on the things that matter most. You simplify your life when you organize and structure it. It helps you let go of unimportant things so you have more time to spare to do what you love. You can pursue your passions and dreams when you can free up more of your time.

It helps you make the most of your time. You can save time and energy when you organize your home and workspace. Eliminating clutter and finding a place for everything make it easier for you to look for stuff that you need.

It allows you to enjoy a more balanced life. Trimming down your priorities helps you avoid spending too much time on things that get you sidetracked from your goals. It reduces or eliminates the stress that can distract you from the more important things you need to accomplish.