I took a months hiatus on writing because I have been in study mode for an exam. During my time in studies, I felt the urge to at least churn articles out, but decided to limit my focus to the most critical task at hand, which was studying.

@samuelzeller

I’m not gonna lie, that shit was tough, not the exam but the focus on studying one area. I am fascinated by many subjects; my head is almost like an oscillating fan because there are so many things that peak my interest. I can’t help it, and I do have a great excuse, after all, we are in the most stimulating time in all of history. Yet I knew what had to be done, so I did it.

Now that the exam is all done and the “weight” is off my shoulders, I had time to do nothing, and in that new found time my mind wandered on what other ways I can improve my focus and simplify things in my life.

Primarily for me it meant — eliminate all but the essential, discarding mental clutter for peace, and gaining time and spending it doing what’s important to me. Sounds simple right!

However, making things simple is not a simple process. It is a journey, not a destination, and depending on the captain steering the ship; it can be a long one. I am still fine tuning my journey, but I have found some tips that were helpful to me, so in turn, I hope they will be of use to you:

#1. Make a list of your Most Important Tasks (MITs) each day and do the most important.

Set just 3 significant things you want to accomplish each day and only work with those. I use to have a notepad full of tasks and over time realized how ineffective that was because I mistook being busy with being effective. I eventually realized

and got rid of all the fluff on the list and started feeling like I accomplished something. Think about what’s most important to you, and what you value most and go from there.

#2. Evaluate your time.

@alessandrocavestro_

Time waits for no one. You think you got all day and time thinks otherwise. Figuring out how you spend your day and what things you do from the time you wake up to the time you go to sleep can have an enormous impact on keeping things simple.

#3. Get rid of stuff.

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Having a dedicated time to declutter your unnecessary stuff is very helpful. During my time of study, I wasn’t sure what I needed to specifically read, so I read everything relating to my trade from all my years of schooling and when it came time for the test only 10% of what I learned was on the test. I was annoyed, but on the bright side, I will be getting rid of a lot of papers I don’t need anymore.

Do what works for you. Decluttering is always useful when keeping things simple. Less stuff equals more focus.

And lastly,

#4. Re-Learn to do nothing.

Right after my exam I was going immediately to my next goal and realized that I earned time for myself to do nothing whatsoever.

So I decided to do nothing (for a short period of time) and felt fantastic. I relearned that having time to do nothing is a great benefit to my productivity and mental well being. And it keeps things simple.

In a nutshell;

Identify what’s most important to you.

Eliminate everything else.

Thank you for reading

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