Sometimes life is complex. It just is. But from time to time we make it method more complex than it wants to be. Here are four ways to simplify your life, starting today.

1) Don’t treat every free second like a chance to get something done.

Have you ever watch the show “cut” on the Food Network? If you’re new with the show, it’s a competition where chefs have a short period of time to make a plate out of random ingredients in a unknown basket. One thing that the panel of judges reiterates on “cut” is that the competitor should use every single second they have before the time runs out.When cars start driving themselves, people aren’t going to relax more they’ll just start doing more work from the car. The cycle will never stop unless you make a conscious effort to stop it yourself.

2) Don’t give yourself too many choices.

I’m a researcher by nature. Before making a purchase or any type of decision, I used to comb the internet for resources, reviews, and ratings.All of that research was necessary when a big decision was at stake a job, a house, a car, or a school for the kids. But I started to notice how much time I would dedicate to fairly insignificant purchases or decisions.

3. Give up multi-tasking.

Recent research conducted at Stanford University has shown that multi-tasking actually lowers productivity and increases stress levels. Your performance suffers because the brain can really only focus properly on one thing at a time. Doing one thing at a time, and doing it well, will not only simplify your life, it will enhance your enjoyment of it.

4. Learn to say no.

Quite regularly we obtain ourselves twist in situations where we take on far too much leaving us little time for ourselves. Certainly, it is wonderful to help others, however, we have to know where to draw the line. If we do not, our own lives can get cluttered and unmanageable.

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