“Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated.” —Confucius

Often times we feel as if we are very busy. We feel the need to constantly move from one project to another, booking our busy schedules to the brim. As a result, we become overwhelmed and often times burnt out. Actually, one of the students that I work with told me that we are not busy: life is just messy.

I think we all want to live a simple life. A life that’s focused, intentional, full of the things that count and without the things that so often clutter. From my personal journey to a simpler life and my interactions with the people I work with, I have learned a few things that help in the process:

1. Slow Down.

You need to know when to take a rest. Whether it’s short bursts of relaxation throughout the day or a full day of rest,  it will benefit your overall energy and productivity.Busyness doesn’t mean productivity. Slowing down relieves stress, which will help you focus more on tasks.

2. Limit Choices.

Limiting your choices means less time spent on making decisions. We make lots of choices each day this can be from what outfit do I wear today to what to eat. Putting mental blinders helps us make decisions faster.Many of the most successful people in the world are known for wearing very similar clothes each day. I’ve been learning to simplify my wardrobe so I don’t have to make as many decisions at the start of the day.Time is not something you have, it's something you make. Click To Tweet

3. Declutter.

Less is more. Physical and mental clutter is not good. Hack away and unessential clutter from your life. If you don’t need it, get rid of it. Having less gives you more space to relax. You will feel lighter and less weighed down.I started with my wallet. Minimise what’s in your pocket. You don’t need those reward cards everyday or that business card that someone gave you 2 years ago.

4. Learn to Say No.

We get bombarded with invites to events nowadays, and even more through the many social media networks we belong to. Learn to  politely say ‘no’ to invitations that are unnecessary. Keep your schedule sacred, and say ‘yes’ to the things that you care about and are important to you.

5. Make Time.

“If something’s important to you, make time for it.”I’m sure you’ve heard the excuse, ‘I don’t have time for that’, but honestly, time is not something you have, it’s something you make. Prioritise spending time on things that you enjoy and with the people that support you and encourage you. Time spent on activities that boost your morale will increase positivity and relieve stress.

What about you? For the opportunity to win one of the wallets mentioned in the post, read about a contest we are currently holding on our Facebook Page.



  1. Like our Facebook page (bit.ly/Empower Asia)
  2. Comment on the original Facebook post (bit.ly/SimplifyPost) with your answer to the question, “What is the best thing you’ve done, or can think of, to simplify your life?”

How to Win: We will judge which idea we think is most creative and practical.

CONTEST STARTS: Wednesday, 18th of November 2015 @ 2:00am EST
CONTEST ENDS: Sunday, 22nd of November 2015 @ 10:59pm EST

Winner will be notified via Facebook message and announced on our page within 12 hours of the contest end.

Read complete terms & conditions here.

By |2017-03-16T09:03:57+00:00November 18th, 2015|EA Update, General, Special Events|2 Comments

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