Simplify Your Day

“Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished.”
– Lao Tzu

Nowadays everyone is busy. Yet despite their rapid dealings, people are still unable to be productive or take pleasure in each passing day. The reason lies in our inability to move in the direction of our true intentions. It’s possible to avoid distraction while simultaneously experiencing a productive and enjoyable day. Personally, there are four things I do on a daily basis:

1- Subtracting

Everyday I try to clear out something from my life. This could be as simple as a notebook with no use or a project I no longer want to undertake. Whatever it may be, getting rid of something that doesn’t benefit me or help me attain my personal goals imbues me with an astounding sense of freedom.

2- Learning something new

There is no equivalent for the feelings roused by knowledge. That’s why I try to learn something new every day, even if it’s just a sentence. From art to geography, philosophy to history, any new bit of knowledge always has the capacity to bring me profound excitement.

3- Moving toward my primary goals

I usually denote my objectives into two categories: my daily routines and larger projects that require several stages. I organize these two categories into specific time slots where there will be no distractions. I make sure to complete this task in the morning when my mind is most productive.

4- Enjoying myself

I definitely try to do something every day from which I derive pleasure. Reading during the early morning stillness, watching a film with a beer in hand, or going out for a nice lunch. The options are endless. The only hurdle is to discover what brings you joy, and to create time for these particular things on a daily basis.

Everyone’s tactics for simplifying their days are different, however, the main goal is to escape the chaos to which we’re subjected and live out both joyous and productive days.



Translated by Feride Yalav-Heckeroth

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