It begins…

You see, when we’re born we see the world in an uncomplicated way. We know what we need, and we ask for it. We like nice people, and we don’t like mean people. We sleep when we’re tired, we eat when we’re hungry, and we stop eating when we’re full.

As we grow older, we eat and drink to console ourselves, rather than addressing what’s bothering us. We overwork to avoid close relationships, rather than finding people we can trust to form strong bonds with. We hold grudges, play games, spend more than we make, want things we don’t need, and we get too far away from our basic human needs. In other words, we complicate things.

Here are 100 ways to uncomplicate your life… 

1. Don’t try to read other people’s minds

2.Get up 30 minutes earlier so that you don’t rush/get a ticket while driving too fast/have to explain why you’re late/get fired

3. Get 8 hours of sleep per night so that you think more clearly

4. Stick to your budget

5. Start saving and investing every week, no matter how little you can spare

6. Balance your cheque book

7. Don’t try to be friends with everyone. Cultivate closer relationships with fewer people.

8. Don’t try to do business with everyone. Identify your target client and take very good care of them.

9. Before getting angry, ask yourself if it will really matter in 20 years

10. Focus on being a good person, not on pleasing others

11. Stay home this Saturday, and finish off that nagging chore that you need to finish

12. Kiss and make up

13. Make a weekly menu, and shop for only those items at the market

14. Ask your grandparents the best way to uncomplicate life, and try it for a month

15. Fill up your gas tank when it’s half full

16. Don’t drink alcohol when you’re tired, sad or mad

17. Pay your bills on time

18. Get an annual physical examination

19. Say “I love you” to your significant other and to your children. Studies show that more marriages last, and fewer kids use drugs, when these words are spoken every day.

20. For just one day, imagine everyone’s intentions are good because most people’s are

21. Give away clothes that haven’t been worn in two years

22. Throw out clothes that are in disrepair, and can’t be mended

23. When you have a conflict with someone, talk it out. Don’t let it turn into more than it is.

24. Know what your priorities are in life, and act as if they are your priorities

25. Tell the truth

26. Don’t cheat

27. Don’t steal

28. If you’re holding on to a ridiculous grudge, let it go

29. Clean your house weekly, so that it doesn’t become too large a chore

30. Do your best at work, or at school

31. Don’t eat when you aren’t hungry

32. Eat when you are hungry

33. Be yourself

34. Say no unapologetically

35. Cook simple meals

36. Don’t try to keep up with the Joneses

37. Pay off your car before buying a new one

38. Organise your desk at the office

39. Change your smoke alarm batteries when the clocks spring forward, and again when they fall back

40. Organise your important paperwork

41. Take only half the clothes that you planned to take with you on holiday

42. Help your children with their homework every night, and have an open dialogue with their teachers

43. Have white sheets and white towels in children’s rooms/bathrooms, because they’re easily bleached

44. Spend your time with nice people

45. Avoid drama

46. Don’t text or talk on the phone while driving

47. Turn off the television/video games/computer; they’re time consumers

48. Don’t engage in office politics

49. Refuse to gossip, or talk behind other people’s backs

50. Do the dishes right after dinner


51. Never go to sleep angry

52. Ask nicely for what you need and want

53. Walk 10,000 steps per day to help your heart

54. Do 20 push-ups before speaking in anger

55. Leave work at work

56. Don’t befriend anyone that isn’t trustworthy

57. Don’t envy others

58. Have your oil changed

59. Take vitamin C BEFORE you catch a cold

60. Don’t work more than 8 hours per day

61. Weed your garden weekly

62. Wash your car weekly

63. Have a spring cleaning month every year, and do one room at a time

64. You don’t need to be best friends with work colleagues, but build respectful partnerships

65. Don’t drink and drive

66. Don’t look for reasons to be angry or sad, look for reasons to be happy. You’ll always be able to find plenty of each.

67. Be friendly with your neighbours

68. Return emails and phone messages promptly

69. Schedule in free time

70. Don’t procrastinate

71. Do what you say you’ll do, when you say you’ll do it

72. Be more flexible when you’re able to be

73. Forgive and forget. End of story.

74. Break the consumerism habit…put a three month moratorium in place on buying anything not deemed a necessity

75. Start your diet on September 1, rather than January 1, so that you won’t also have holiday pounds to lose

76. Take care of any health issues or concerns

77. Have your tires rotated

78. Have your brakes checked

79. Have your eyes checked

80. Don’t let your imagination run away with you

81. Let go of perfection in others

82. Let go of perfection in yourself

83. Don’t try to help those that refuse to help themselves

84. Find a way to reduce your commute to work

85. Have an alloted amount of worry time per day/week, that you strictly abide by

86. Drink more water

87. Eat more salmon

88. Don’t make a mountain out of a molehill

89. Wear your hair in a classic, easy to care for style

90. Finish what you start

91. Wear classic clothes and shoes that never go out of style

92. Create a daily routine

>93. Have a 1, 5, 10 and 20 year plan for your financial and life goals

94. Slow down

95. Eat out less often

96. When you ask your husband which outfit looks best, thank him for his answer and wear the one he liked rather than focusing on why he didn’t like the other one

97. Allow your children to grow up

98. Clean out your garage, and donate anything that hasn’t been used in the past year

99. Stretch every day

100. If a relationship is over, let it go


{Source: Live The Charmed Life / Pic: Elle}

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  • I totally just stumbled this blog post, and I love it. 🙂 Those tips are so sweet/cute/easy! I’m definitely going to have to take some of them into consideration. Thanks for sharing a great post!


  • The tips are truthful and can be very useful on many day-by-day cases.

  • A lot of these are smart, but some are pretty darn stupid, like 89, 91and 100. Or just plain common sense, like “don’t drink and drive”.

    Honestly, 89. Wear your hair how you want it, and how you’re willing to style it.

    90. Wear what the hell you want whether it’s “in style” or not.

    100 is okay advice but not for everyone.

  • great post 🙂

  • Just like you stumbledupon the list i stumbled upon your blog. I love the list and have reposted it onto my blog. I hope that is ok, please tell me if its not (i have credited you and the original source)- I am new to the world of blogging so dont want to do the wrong thing.

    Can I add you to my blogroll, I am really enjoying reading your archives too.

  • Great post – thank you for sharing it!
    <3 Kiersten

  • This is such a beautiful, inspiring list. Thanks for posting it!

  • Love this!

  • i like these, but there’s a few contradictions.
    for example:

    47. Turn off the television/video games/computer; they’re time consumers

    68. Return emails and phone messages promptly

    how are you supposed to return emails promptly if your computer’s generally off?

  • hmmm good point…
    maybe they should be swapped around – so you answer your email promptly, then turn off your computer!!!!
    : )

  • People who say some of these are pretty stupid or that this list isn’t for everyone should really try to be more open-minded and think beyond their lil’ space.

    What I mean is, this list IS full of easy, simple things to do that make your life easier. Some of these things don’t matter much to some of us because we already do them, like in my case keeping stuff neat, letting go of relationships that are over, etc. But then again, for some people, these tips mean a lot more to them. In my case, the one of Don’t procrastinate stuck a soft spot. I imagine the Eat when you are hungry one did for some people too.

    This list is not a wise philosophy, it’s just common sense to make your life more beautiful, it’s a list for everyone willing to listen.

  • Ari

    this says make your life simpler but then gives a BUNCH of ways to do this. shouldn’t making your life simpler be simple?

  • That was a lovely post! Thanks!

  • wow! totally loved it! 🙂 thank you for putting it up!

  • Thank you so much for featuring my post. It’s so very appreciated!
    All my best,

  • Forgive and Forget. End of Story! My favorite point of advice. Women do not do this often enough! Thanks for sharing. Please check out my political blog at http://jkinghorn.blogspot.com to be informed on up to date political news and issues!

  • Don’t follow rule 83 all the time…

  • nice list, but too complicated :/

  • Stumbled upon your blog and so glad I did! Thanks for sharing that wonderful list! 🙂

  • Also – wear sunscreen. Trust me on the sunscreen.

  • 101: Use a better font. 😛

  • Thanks so much for this post. It’s like I saw this for a reason today. I am thinking of having a print-out of this 🙂

  • Thanks for posting this information! So much to learn from and do!

  • Really Its great.just you can also see great quotes

  • Wonderful! I too have just stumbled upon this post. Many thanks and hugs for spreading the goodness! 🙂

    Namaste, sister ∞

  • i liked this post, its very inspirational!

  • this is a great post it really is the truth.
    I love every thing about it, she also is a great writer

  • So basically.. be perfect and you’r life will have zero complications. Makes a lot of sense.

  • Thanks for this , i learnt quite a few new things through this quotes

  • 73 i think is the most important if you can do that you can really move on with your life with no worries

  • Yeah we all do that too much, try to read other people’s minds..
    oh we should all drink more water 🙂

  • Bama

    Enjoyed the list but I do find the picture associated with the article interesting. I can’t imagine myself sitting in a bathtub like that with those high heels – are there others in this world that would actually would do that. I think I’d prefer a chair and comfortable pair of tennies. And getting out of the bathtub I’m sure would be a feat – I would probably end up injured but maybe laughing.

  • Bama

    Enjoyed the list but I do find the picture associated with the article interesting. I can’t imagine myself sitting in a bathtub like that with those high heels – are there others in this world that would actually would do that. I think I’d prefer a chair and comfortable pair of tennies. And getting out of the bathtub I’m sure would be a feat – I would probably end up injured but maybe laughing.

  • TeaJae

    this was a great way to remind myself what is important, here were are day 2 of 2015 I came across this wonderful 🙂

  • This is a great list. I hit almost every item listed which explains why I’m such a positive person!