5 Life Hacks to Simplify Your Life

We live in a complex world. From politics and economics to our own psychology and emotional awareness (or lack thereof), things are getting bogged down in disinformation and propaganda that distract us from the fact that most of us don’t really know ourselves, let alone how to live a simple, happy life.

Here, I will share with you 5 life hacks to declutter, detox, demystify, and otherwise simplify your life, so that you no longer feel overwhelmed by the onslaught of torrents seeking to grab hold of your attention and steal the force of your awareness.

1. Spend Quality Alone Time

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Most people spend so much time filling their schedules with appointments, dates, and other engagements, to distract themselves from the emptiness they truly feel inside, so they create a false send of fulfillment by busying themselves with the presences of other people, “validating” their contentment.

Making time for yourself will be the quickest way to step outside of your daily routine of vapid busyness that really only deepens your sense of vacancy. When you can spend quality alone time, actually getting to know yourself, you will find what really makes you tick, and discover passions you didn’t even know you had.

2. Step Outside Your Comfort Zone

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This one might sound a bit counterintuitive, but it really isn’t. The reason you feel overwhelmed by everything in your life, is because you have made it that way, convincing yourself you don’t have a choice and filling your schedule with things you don’t really want to do, yet feel like you have to, in order to be have a semblance of achievement.

Allow me to speak frankly: just because you are doing something, does not mean you are accomplishing something or that you are obligated to do it. With everything you do, you are producing a result, but, as I’m sure many of you know, the quality of that result depends not only on what you do, but how you do it.

Becoming aware of what’s comfortable for you can allow for a bird’s eye view of what would be more productive and fulfilling, instead of just doing the same things over and over again, never really accomplishing anything.

3. Turn Off Your Television!

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Or phone, tablet, whatever it is you’re constantly glued to that feeds you “information” and drivel on a daily basis. If you think what you see on the news is an accurate depiction of what is really going on in the world, I advise you to stop reading this, because there is nothing I can do to help you.

If, however, you are aware of the fact that most of what you see and hear is false information, inflated by hyperbole for effect, and jam packed with the sugar of entertainment, then take your own advice and stop paying attention to all of the things that contribute to your daily brainwashing!

4. Turn on Your Mind

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No, it isn’t dirty. Now that you are no longer inundating yourself with disinformation, I want you to start using your mind to think introspectively, because this will allow you to see your life for what it truly is: a meaningful existence full of infinite possibilities and endless adventure just waiting to be explored.

In neuroscience there is a term called neurogenesis, which is the creation of neurons beginning in embryonic development. Scientists used to believe this only lasted until about age five, but thanks to recent studies, we now know this lasts well into old age. If you’ve read any of my blog posts before, you probably know that neuroplasticity is the nervous system’s natural ability to develop new neuronal connections.

The reason this is significant is because, the more you use your brain, the more efficient it becomes, and the more intelligent you become. Simplification begins with developing higher awareness; therefore, enhancing your ability to recognize and sift through relevant information.

5. Stop Seeking and Start Doing

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Most of you reading this have likely been on a long term, if not life long, quest for wisdom and truth. Well, if you’ve read much on Buddhism and Taoism, you know that the more you know, the more you don’t know, meaning the more information you gather, the more you realize there is so much more than you could ever compile in one lifetime.

So, stop seeking enlightenment, and realize that life is about creating balance, that it’s about learning as well as acting, and that it’s about being still and resting as much as it is about seeking your passion and stirring things up.

Give yourself time to recuperate after months, or even years for some, of searching and collecting information, but don’t forget to take action along the way. In the words of Bruce Lee, “If you spend too much time thinking about a thing, you’ll never get it done. Make at least one definitive move toward your goal.”

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Stop Waiting for Inspiration to Be Creative

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As a writer, I have experienced the dreaded writer’s block many times. Upon reading many books on creativity and inspiration, I can now successfully conjure up the inspiration to write anything at will. It’s not something I can do instantly yet, but pretty darn close.

So, without any further ado, let me introduce you to my specific method, before going into a more general synopsis on the process of being creative at will. First, I begin by making a space in which I can be creative without being interrupted. For me, this is in a chair I have adopted as “my spot” in the living room.

It might sound a little neurotic, and Sheldon-esque (for any fans of The Big Bang Theory reading this), but I share a living space with my sister, and in this chair is where it is the most comfortable for me to to do my writing. As I write this, she has company sitting next to her, but, with my headphones in, they are not disrupting me at all.

Which leads me to my next point. Right now, I am currently listening to Tycho, an ambient music artist, which stimulates my creativity without distracting from it. Personally, I have to listen to music without words, because anything that has them often allows my attention to drift in their direction, away from the task at hand.

So, for me, sitting in my comfy chair, listening to music that stimulates my inspiration but does not distract me from it, is enough for optimal creativity. Now, let’s talk about how to go about creating the ideal conditions for your highest benefit.

Creative Conditions

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First, if you can’t seem to find the creativity, no matter where you go or what you do, you have to go about sparking it to begin with. This you can do through meditation, listening to stimulating music, reading, or anything that gets you in the mood of expressing your imagination. This doesn’t just go for writing, but anything you need to be innovative for.

There are many meditations you can do to get the creative juices flowing. There’s no one way to do it, but the best way is to use visualization. Some people would say this is not actual meditation, but that’s alright. It still allows your imagination to express itself in your conscious mind, so whatever you call it, it works.

The meditation (visualization) technique for creativity is generally where you are either going into, coming out of, or going up or down, so that you are creating a pathway to your mind’s unconscious resources. For example, picture yourself stepping into an elevator and going up or down, and then opening up the doors to your creativity.

After you have gone into, come out of, etc., wherever you have chosen to travel in your mind’s eye, allow whatever inspiration you might have to materialize and come to fruition naturally, without forcing anything. It might not happen on the first try, but there’s a good chance it will. It did for me.

Just don’t expect anything, and allow whatever happens to happen. As with all things, the more you try to make something happen, instead of allowing it to come up naturally, the less it is likely to surface. This is why I no longer need to do these kinds of meditations to be able to jump start my creativity.

I know exactly how to get into the mindset of allowing my mind to naturally flow into whatever sense of creative imagination I am calling for, and no longer have to force myself to come up with ideas.

The Creative Flow

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For those who listening to certain kinds of music or watching a certain movie is what get’s their creativity flowing, the more you can trust in yourself to jump into the mindset, the less external stimuli is required to be able to do so.

If you’ve been following my blog for any amount of time, you know by now that I am big on flow, an altered state of consciousness in which you are completely focused on what you are doing and not distracted in any way. This is why we say that creativity flows, because it comes naturally when you can get the distractions of the conscious mind out of the way.

Stop trying to search for creativity. It’s like trying to remember something: the harder you try with your conscious mind to access something in your unconscious, the harder it gets to find it, because they are, in fact, two distinct aspects of a whole.

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The Secret to Making the Possible Impossible

So, now that we’ve discussed, at length, how to make things happen, let’s talk about how to keep them from happening, or, rather, how to keep yourself from allowing them to happen. Doing the impossible requires a vast amount of concentration, but, then again, so does keeping them from happening.

Whenever you’re about to do something important, like performing in front of people, the worst thing you can do is get into your own head and overthink whatever it is you’re about to do. As an athlete, I know all too well how letting your nerves get the best of you can hinder your ability to do things that are second nature to you.

People who go out in front others have devoted countless hours to practice before they ever step out onto the field, stage, or wherever their performance is taking place. They know exactly how to do what they are about to attempt, it has become what’s known as muscle memory, yet some of them choke. Why?

Psychology of the Impossible

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They begin thinking about all of the people who will be staring at them, what might happen if they mess up, and all of the things that could go wrong. This is effectively one of the best ways to make something impossible for yourself, and no one but you can possibly pull yourself out of this pit of anxiety.

Another perfect way to make something impossible is to not focus on the present moment.All throughout school, I was a football player and a wrestler. I went out onto the field or mat, and played or wrestled with some of the best athletes in the entire State of Washington. My senior year I walked all over my opponents.

I don’t say this to brag, but to illustrate how things can become possible that might appear impossible. And now, allow me to illustrate the opposite, as well. I was an excellent athlete, yet when I stepped out onto the wrestling mat, as opposed to the football field, my nerves often got the best of me.

Performance Anxiety

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At one of our home matches, my junior year I think it was, I went out under the lights and faced an opponent I knew I could beat. I could see it in the way he walked, knew that he knew I was the better wrestler. Again, not to brag, but to let you in on my story. Anyway, knowing full well that I was the better athlete, I still let my nerves get the best of me and barely won the match.

At the end of a six minute bout, we had just gone out of bounds and were told by the referee to go back into the middle of the mat to reset. As I looked up to the clock, there were eight seconds left of the match and I was down by one point. An escape would only get me one point, pushing the match into overtime.

That was not an option. I was a far superior wrestler, and had to prove it to myself and everyone watching! As the ref blew the whistle, I quickly and effortlessly got out from under my opponent, and took control from the top position, scoring two points and winning the match.

So, why was this so easy, when the whole match had been a struggle? Because I got my head out of the way, and let my body do the work I knew it could do. When I got down onto the mat that last time, preparing to win, there was nothing holding me back, I was free from my anxiety.

Focus on the Present Moment

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Now, let me tell you about the state championship tournament my senior year. I had just won the regional tournament, and was about to wrestle the fourth place athlete from another region. I had it in the bag. In fact, I wasn’t even thinking of the match, knowing full well I was about to win…or so I thought.

As my opponent and I stepped out onto the mat, the ref blew the whistle, and, before I knew it, I was on the mat, losing points, and very quickly the match. What happened? Why did I lose in the FIRST ROUND, when I should have won? Because I was not focused on the present moment.

As we stepped out onto the mat, I was thinking about the final match I was supposed to be in, the championship bout I was sure I as going to win. Yet, here I was, losing the first match of a two day tournament, when I should have made it all the way to the end. I was not prepared for a real match, so “sure” that I had it in the bag, already.

Now, there were other factors as to why I lost that particular match, but the main reason was because I was not in the present moment, and again, lost in my head, instead of allowing myself to perform the way I had practiced an entire decade to do.

Making the Impossible Possible

So, how do you make the impossible possible, instead? Well, for a full explanation, you can go back and read my two posts on the subject, but I’ll finish with a quick synopsis, if you’re don’t have the time to do so.

Its called flow. Allow your mind to focus so deeply on the present moment that there is no room for anything else. It really is about surrendering to the moment, instead of trying to force yourself to remember everything you learned. Breathe and, as those at Nike would say, “Just do it!”

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Finding Your Ideal Exercise

We all know that physical exercise does the body good, but did you also know that the longer you sit on the couch, in front of the computer, or even standing in front of a cash register (that’s right, standing is almost as bad for you) the worse it is for you?

It is no secret that living a sedentary life is good for no one, both physically and mentally. Not only does your body wear down, but so does your mind. According to recent studies your neurological health is also affected by the amount of physical exercise you get on a daily basis, or lack thereof.

Yet, even knowing all of that, who wants to work out, really? I for one despise the actual act of going to the gym, the track, my living room, wherever I might be going to do this dreadful thing called working out. But here’s the secret: it doesn’t have to be this way!

Working Out vs. Exercise

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Working out and exercising are two very different things. Having done both, I can tell you that exercise is fun, while working out, for me, is the last thing I ever want to do. The difference is exercise is something you do for fun, like playing a sport, while working out is simply doing so for one simple reason: to “get into shape.”

If that’s what you want to do, more power to you. I for one find the thought nauseating. For those of us who want to stay in shape, but can’t stomach running on a treadmill or even through the countryside, there’s a better way.

Its called exercise, and I have found the perfect one for me. Dancing has always been something I’ve wanted to do, but thought that I had to take lessons to have any fun with it. Well, one day I simply started dancing in my living room, and have done it many times since, even in clubs and during parties, something I never used to do.

If you’ve never tried it, dancing is a heck of a workout, especially if you really get into it and move your body. By the time I’m done I’m drenched in sweat and loving it, whereas I used to feel better physically after a workout, but drained mentally, like I had just wasted my time doing something I only thought I needed to be healthy.

In a book called The Science of Being Well, written by Wallace D Wattles, he states that it is better to be exercising doing something you love instead of out of the mindset that you won’t be healthy unless you do. This mindset creates tension in the mind, while the former creates a healthier self-image.

When you exercise to have fun instead of doing so merely so you won’t be fat…well, then life gets really interesting. You start to see yourself as a healthy person instead of someone who “needs to workout” so you can actually enjoy the sight of yourself in the mirror as you step out of the shower.

Selecting Your Exercise

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So, how do you go about selecting an exercise for you? Answer this simple question: what is something that has always looked fun to you, that you just haven’t been able to muster up the courage to try? Maybe it’s learning a martial art, or dancing, like I do. Perhaps what you’re looking for is parkour, but you don’t think you’re capable.

If what you want to do is held back by what you think you’re capable of you will never be happy with anything in your life. There are certainly things out there that require at least some existing physical fitness to accomplish, so choose something lighter to begin with, like going for walks for example.

I go for a walk at least once every couple of weeks, and you know what? I actually find that I enjoy the alone time. Usually I’ll bring my iPod, but sometimes I’ll just walk out of the house and not come back for a couple of hours, not knowing where I was going when I stepped out the front door.

There are no limits to what you can do for exercise, so take a long, hard look at what you truly want out of life, and the next step toward your health and happiness will come to you. I can tell you where most of you likely need to start: by turning the television off, shutting down your computer, and simply going outside instead.

When I started dancing I simply got up off the couch, and my body began moving in ways that it had never done before. It was like I was in a trance. If you’ve read my last post, you’ve seen me mention being in flow. Well, when I dance, I am in flow almost the entire time, and it feels amazing!

Don’t waste another minute wishing you were in better shape, just get up, get out, and live your life! Your body and mind will thank you.

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