How To Streamline Your Life

Life was meant to be simple. Yet over time it becomes cluttered and complicated. We start carrying excessive baggage – physical, emotional and mental and this slows us down. Life becomes difficult and  hectic, and you are always short of time. How do we simplify things? In this article, I will talk about 5 ways on how to streamline your life.

1. KISS Principle

KISS, which means Keep It Simple Stupid, is a design principle which states that mots systems work best if they are simple rather than complicated. Leonardo Da Vinci once famously said, Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.

The same principle applies to life also. Life is after all nothing but a system. If we keep our lives simple, our wants limited, our needs fulfilled and stop harboring thoughts of world domination (or social media domination), we will be able to streamline our life.

2. Needs versus Wants

Most of us get confused between our needs and wants. So why don’t you sit one day in a cool and reasonably peaceful room, take a blank sheet of paper and do the following?

On the left side of the paper list down what all you think you need or want. On the right side try to categorize each item as a “need” (essential) or “want” (aspirational).

Trust me, the result will be quite interesting.

3. OCP Principle

In computer programming, there is this concept of OCP or “open-closed principle” according to which software should be open for extension and closed for modification. For example, for every new software upgrade (version 3.0 to 3.1), we generally don’t need to throw our system and get a new one – it all happens automatically without us even worrying. In most cases, the upgrade makes the system stronger and more robust and more useful.

Life is like a software. We should be open to new ideas, and allow them to automatically download to our psyche. This will help us become broad-minded, stronger and better people.

But we should also take care to remain closed to drastic negative changes and brain-washing.

Try anything once does not mean that we should do pot.

How to Streamline your Life using a Checklist

4. Checklist Manifesto

In his wonderful book Checklist Manifesto, Atul Gawande, a professor of surgery at Harvard Medical School demonstrates how using checklists can help us manage the extreme complexity of the modern world.

  • When you prepare a checklist, you know what all is on the plate.
  • When you know the scope, you can plan accordingly and manage the progress.
  • This helps you to foresee possible risks and complications and avoid them in the first place.

5. Don’t read newspapers

Especially in the mornings.

Newspapers are inherently negative. They will sap your energy first thing in the morning and fill your mind with seeds of unhappy thoughts. Why go for all this trouble for news that you will not even remember after 30 minutes?

If you are desperate for news, wait till half the day is over.

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That’s it. Hope you enjoyed it. All this will hopefully un-complicate and de-clutter and help to streamline your life.

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16 Replies to “How To Streamline Your Life”

  1. Amazing read first thing in the morning! I am going to try making that list of needs and wants. I have stopped reading the papers, particularly gossip, because useless information takes up too much precious energy.

    Can’t agree with you simplicity rules in almost every aspect of life! 🙂

    1. Thank you for the kind words! I am so glad you liked the post.

      Simplicity truly is the best possible state to be in (sattva as our Rishis called it) but entropy (rajas and tamas) takes over if we don’t exercise self-control. That is where our ancient culture was superior – by making us self-controlled it allowed us to lead simple but fulfilling and happy lives.

  2. Avid newspaper reader I am. Physiologically linked to my digestive system 🙂 Will try to follow rest four. They day need-want series would be empty, life would be awesome. Great thoughts!

  3. As they say simple is beautiful…. to streamline life simplify thoughts and things… A very beautiful way to elicit your ideas on the subject… Cheers to you Sirjee…

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