18 Actionable Ideas to Make Life Easier

make life easier

Want to make life easier? Well, who wouldn’t want an easier life, right? But the funny thing is that my mind tends to gravitate toward the complicated stuff, adding more things to my life to make it “fuller.”

Even though I’m always looking for ways to simplify, optimize, and make life easier, I end up complicating things while trying to figure out ways to make things easier and simpler. Maybe that’s why I ended up meditating: because I needed a system to clear out all the clutter from my mind.

Anyway, here are some ideas that have definitely made my life easier and others that I am working on or plan to tackle soon. Take what resonates with you and toss what doesn’t. =) I hope this list will inspire you to start doing something to make life easier for yourself as well.

What Are the Best Ideas to Make Life Easier?

In no particular order, here are some ideas that helped me make life easier. As I mentioned above, I don’t practice all of these perfectly. But I am working on myself and developing these habits one by one.

make life easier declutter your space

Declutter Your Space

This is one of the many tips I love. Decluttering your physical environment is an effective way to make life easier because it reduces visual chaos, promotes a sense of calm, and enhances productivity. I feel so refreshed and comfortable when everything is in its place and my space looks clean.

You can start small by organizing your desk, clearing out unnecessary items, and implementing storage solutions to save and maximize your available space. Remember also to designate an area for keys, wallets, and other frequently used items to prevent last-minute searches.

Simplify Your Schedule

When I was younger, I didn’t use a schedule because I had a pretty accurate memory and never forgot deadlines or appointments. Then again, I was only a student, so there was only so much to remember. I followed the same class schedule every week, after all.

As I became older and had to manage more tasks, projects, and appointments, it became obvious that I would need some kind of system to make sure I didn’t fall behind or miss any deadlines. To make life easier, I began adding everything to my calendar—even my to-do lists.

My digital calendar acts as my assistant, reminding me of what I need to do for the day and recording what I did in the past. I no longer spend much time or energy trying to figure out what I need to do next and trying to catch up with tasks I missed. However, this is still something I’m experimenting with and improving to make things easier in a way that makes sense for the way my mind works.

Automate Routine Tasks

Automating bills and rent, regular deposits into savings, investments, and retirement accounts, and a few subscriptions was the best thing I did. These were little, minuscule tasks that I would often forget (not the bills, just the deposits). I also did not enjoy doing these things, so I figured out ways to make these transfers happen without my needing to even think about them. Now, all I need to do is make sure I have enough money in the checking account from which all the bills and deposits get paid!

I also set alarms and reminders on my phone for appointments, meal times (I tend to get easily absorbed in whatever I’m doing and forget to eat until my stomach starts screaming at me), and other daily activities in my usual routine. This way, I don’t have to check the time or remember what I have to do next. I can just focus on what I’m doing at the moment and move on to the next activity when the alarm goes off.

I’m always on the lookout for other things I can automate, so let me know if you have any ideas!

Practice Mindful Minimalism

Focus on quality over quantity, eliminate excess, and only keep what adds value to your life. This is something I’m still working on. The thing I find difficult about this is that I gravitate toward the more frugal option whenever I can. But that doesn’t necessarily translate to quality. There are definitely instances where making the investment would cost less in the long run, but I still end up choosing the cheaper one because I want to save money now.

I also plan to implement the “one in, one out” rule, so things don’t start adding up in my closet and other invisible storage spaces. The biggest reason I keep my possessions to a minimum is that having fewer things makes them easier to manage.

Accept Help

I’m the type of person who likes to do everything myself. I grew up having to figure things out on my own most of the time because my parents weren’t familiar with the education system here in the US. So I never asked for help.

This was one of my most difficult habits to break. Even when I began seeking help in areas where I knew I could use the assistance, I didn’t know what questions to ask or how to accept the support. Now, I have a network of people whom I know will be available to help when I need it.

One thing I completely outsourced was tax preparation. I could have just done it myself, but I knew my head would blow up with all the numbers and complicated rules surrounding taxes, and I didn’t want to waste energy and time on figuring everything out when I knew a professional whom I trusted to do a good job.

make life easier embrace technology

Embrace Technology

As I mentioned in the bit about scheduling, I use my calendar app to tell me what to do with my time and energy for most of the day. It’s like a second brain. Automating all my bills, bank transfers, and payments also involves using the technology that the various financial institutions set up for their customers. Using CAT tools for translation really helped me speed up my workflow.

There are tons of other stuff out there that seem to help many people make life easier, like productivity and meditation apps, smart home technology, and online services. Browse around and experiment with different tools to see which will work for you.

make life easier practice self care

Practice Self-Care

I was always terrible at taking care of myself. My health and well-being always got trumped by appointments, work, helping people who asked for my assistance… everything. Eventually, I kept burning out from living on a constant emotional roller coaster. It became impossible to manage my stress and physical health.

This year, I’ve been putting my health first. I set alarms for meal times to make sure I don’t forget to eat. I recently implemented an exercise schedule so I can stay mobile and strong physically. This has been supporting my mental and emotional well-being as well because I now have the energy to break out of my negative patterns of thinking. Meditation has always been a part of my adult life and always will be because it is the number one tool I use to break the habits of self-limiting thoughts and self-sabotage.

In so many ways, I can’t emphasize enough how important it is to take proper care of yourself first above all else. I learned the hard way by neglecting myself for years before realizing I had it all backward. Please don’t make the same mistake I did.

Try Time Blocking

This means setting aside a block of uninterrupted time to finish a particular task or set of tasks. It’s helpful to group similar tasks together so you can work through all of them while you’re in that frame of mind.

Sometimes, when I have some work that feels overwhelming to tackle, I just set a timer for 5 or 10 minutes and decide I’ll just focus on doing what I can for those few minutes. A lot of times, I end up continuing to work and accomplishing more than I intended.

Create a Morning and/or Evening Routine

My morning and evening routines, which I’m still getting used to, mainly consist of some form of exercise, making a smoothie meal, meditation, and journaling. I designed the way I start and end each day, as well as each of my meal times, in a way that would include all the essential habits that would enable me to do what I need to do during the day. The benefits of eating and exercising are self-explanatory. As for meditation and journaling, both provide a way for me to reflect on myself and my day and to set an intention for how I will live and what I will do the rest of the day.

As I build these habits through routines, I set myself up for a good day without having to think much about what I need to do next.

make life easier set realistic goals

Set Realistic Goals

One problem I always had was setting goals that were a huge jump from where I currently was. This resulted in constant disappointment and lower self-esteem. Eventually, I didn’t want to try anything anymore because I knew I always set myself up for failure.

When I decided I needed to change and stop continuing to “do” things this way, I began training myself to break down my larger goals into smaller, more manageable goals. At first, I still didn’t break them down small enough, so I still disappointed myself. With practice, I finally learned how to plan out smaller tasks that, with time, would add up to the ultimate goal I wanted to accomplish. I’m still working on making this habit work better for me, but my life is easier already.

make life easier plan your meals for the week

Plan Your Meals for the Week

Similar to my routines, meal planning helps me take the thinking out of my meals and grocery shopping. This saves me both time and money, and I just eat what my plan tells me to eat. I’ll stray from my plan every now and then when I crave something different, but that doesn’t happen to me very often.

I really enjoy blending Self Balancing Food—a meal replacement powder made with only vegetables, grains, and legumes—with fruit and a small portion of protein powder. This smoothie makes up two of my meals and the other meal in my day is simply a salad or some other light meal. This simplifies my meal planning even further, eliminating the need to think about what to eat for two of my meals in the day.  

Scan and Digitize Documents

I love that we can store digital copies of everything nowadays. It definitely beats having to lug around a heavy case of paperwork or a huge file cabinet taking up valuable space in my room. I only keep a few essential documents in both physical and digital form and digitize everything else. Sooo much lighter and simpler!

Practice Gratitude

You can write a gratitude journal, express your gratitude to people you are thankful for, or pray (if you believe in some kind of higher power). When I told my plants, “Thank you for growing so well and beautifully,” as I watered them, they really grew beautifully. But when I stopped thanking them and just watered them out of necessity, they began withering a bit.

Gratitude fills you with positive energy, which then exudes from your presence. It’s an easy way to make a more positive impact on the world around you. As I began feeling gratitude for everything around me, things became a lot smoother and easier because I was approaching life with a positive outlook and attitude.

Do a Digital Detox

Did you know that our exposure to electric and magnetic fields (EMFs) has increased dramatically since humans began creating more technology to make life easier? Although more research on the subject is necessary, some studies already suggest that such increased exposure may result in various symptoms like headaches, depression, tiredness, lack of concentration, irritability, loss of appetite, restlessness, and much more.

Minimalize your digital life by decluttering your digital files, unsubscribing from unnecessary email lists, and organizing your computer desktop. You can also try setting up a “tech-free” time during the day and focus on activities that don’t involve a screen.

Instead, go out and immerse yourself in nature by practicing earthing or grounding. Reconnecting with nature can help relieve stress, anxiety, sleep disorders, fatigue, and pain. It can also enable you to find a healthy, balanced state of mind so you can go about the rest of your day with ease.

make life easier focus on one thing

Do One Thing At a Time

Yes, this means don’t multitask. Dividing our attention between tasks actually makes the brain more ineffective, preventing us from accomplishing as much as we wanted by multitasking to begin with. In fact, some studies have found that multitasking actually has detrimental effects on the brain.

Instead, focus on one thing at a time and develop your ability to switch effectively between tasks. When I started doing one thing at a time, I was surprised to find that I got more done than when I attempted to get multiple tasks done at once.

Learn to Let Go

Sometimes, I found myself holding onto relationships, things, or situations because I felt obligated to keep whatever I thought was meaningful. I think it was particularly difficult for me because I grew up with the Korean concept of jeong (정), which is a sense of bonding and connection that naturally grows with the amount of interaction time regardless of whether that relationship was positive or negative.

When I realized that even though these things held meaning in the past, they were no longer serving me, I began letting them go in order to create space for new opportunities and experiences.

Practice Effective Communication

I wasted a lot of time and energy trying to get people to understand where I was coming from. In my mind, the way I explained things made sense. But I realized not everyone understood things the same way I did.

Once I came to this realization, I began focusing on trying to understand the other person’s perspective first. After acknowledging their point of view, I tried to share my thoughts utilizing the language and words they were using.

I also made efforts to understand both the other person’s and my needs and kept trying to focus on where we could meet in the middle. Getting these differences out in the open and talking through them helped me avoid misunderstandings and save time.

make life easier journal and self reflection

Journal and Reflect

For me, journaling is not only a time for self-reflection, but also a way to track my habits and progress toward my goals. It’s a place for me to write my plans for the day, week, month, quarter, and year; a space to record my daily progress on the ways I want to make my life better; and a second brain that collects my ideas and tells me exactly what I need to do put them into action.

The combination of self-reflection and action-tracking shined light on various behavioral and mental habits that I hadn’t been completely aware of before. Tracking all this data on myself helped me pinpoint exactly what I have been doing, what was working for me, and what wasn’t. Seeing everything on paper and thinking, “Then what can I do to change or improve this? What can I do immediately, at the present moment, that can take me at least one step closer to my goal?” helped me stay out of constant analyzation of my situation and allowed me to simply do something to keep moving forward. I found that 

Why Should You Make Life Easier?

Well, does anyone really want a difficult life? Of course, life wouldn’t be interesting with all the challenges it places before me, but what if you could build a system that will help you work through any difficulties with more clarity, all while using less effort and energy? Implementing any of the tips mentioned above can help you create a more streamlined, balanced life that results in:

  • Reduced stress
  • Increased productivity
  • Enhanced mental clarity
  • Improved well-being
  • More time and freedom
  • Financial savings
  • Greater focus on priorities

Conclusion

Simplifying your life doesn’t necessarily mean eliminating all challenges or responsibilities from your life. It’s about adopting strategies and systems that make your day-to-day existence easier to manage, enjoyable, and fulfilling.

As I mentioned at the start of this post, these are a lot of ideas to make life easier that I am still working on. Some of these strategies have been part of my life for a very long time while others are newer ideas that I’m experimenting with.

I hope one of these ideas will inspire you to simplify a part of your life to make it easier to navigate. Happy simplifying! =)

Similar Posts