In the quest of filling every single second of your life with work, don’t forget to actually live it.
My life was falling apart.
I was super overwhelmed and stressed out with all the things I had on my plate. Being a Type-A personality AND driven by the hustle-culture, I had set out multiple goals, habits, and daily to-do for myself.
I was feeling that I was doing everything right and moving ahead.
When in reality, I was just unfocused and lost. By spreading my attention and energy on multiple things, I wasn’t achieving anything.
The only way out of this was to remove the unessential. And so I did.
Bruce Lee had it figured out very early:
It’s not the daily increase but daily decrease. Hack away at the unessential.
I wish I was as thoughtful as him.
You see, life is like a fridge — you can either fill it with fresh veggies, fruits, meat, and other awesome foods. Or you can fill it with bread, cakes, soft drinks, and the leftover pizza that you couldn’t finish last night.
Whatever things you decide to fill it with, will determine what sort of body (a.k.a life) you will have.
So the punchline is this,
The things that you fill your time with is what you fill your life with — Chose wisely.
Eliminate the unessential
If you want to get ahead and live a meaningful life, you HAVE TO eliminate the unessential.
There is no other way.
During one of my classes in college, I discovered a principle called Pareto’s Principle. It basically states that 80% of the outcome comes from 20% of the effort.
This principle can be used to simplify our life as well.
Ask yourself the following question:
1. What are the 20% of the activities that bring you 80% of joy & results?
2. What are the 20% activities that bring you 80% of stress?
Take your time to answer the questions. Then, fill your day with the former and cut out clutter from the latter.
That’s how to simplify your life.