30+ Simple Living Tips

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Embracing a lifestyle of simplicity isn’t just a trend; it’s a pathway to a more focused and fulfilling life. In today’s fast-paced world, the art of living simply has become increasingly appealing, offering a respite from the complexities of modern living. This article will explore practical and achievable simple living tips for your daily routine, helping you to declutter, prioritize, and find greater joy in the essentials.

30 Simple Living Tips

1. Drink more water

A lot of people need to drink more water. You should drink at least eight glasses per day or 64 ounces. Looks like that’s the minimum. I don’t drink enough sometimes, but I’m working on it. I hope that you are as well. Dehydration is real.

2. Exercise more

Get up and do some exercise. You will feel much better after you do it. When the gyms were closed, I ran a lot more in my neighborhood. It’s helped me stay healthy and relatively stress-free. If you need help figuring out where to start with your workout, check out some videos on YouTube.

3. Take calculated risks

Taking calculated risks can help you get to the next level. It can push you out of your comfort zone, which is good. Take some time, weigh your options, and ask yourself what’s the worst that could happen. If it won’t kill you, or if it doesn’t make you go broke, go for it. One of the best moments of my life happened when I decided to take a calculated risk.

In 2013, I quit a dead-end job and traveled across the country for two weeks. To many people, it seemed unbelievable at the time, but I planned it and made it happen. I grew so much after that trip. I haven’t been the same since. It happened because I took a calculated risk.

4. Enjoy the moment

This may be one of the best simple living tips on this list. You have to enjoy the moment. Posting a picture or two on Facebook or Instagram is fine, but learn to enjoy the moment.

5. Ignore the haters

Unfortunately, there are losers out there that hate people from time to time. They hate your progression and resort to hating on you instead of trying to improve themselves. It may be challenging in the beginning, but ignore them. Let your success be your get back at them.

6. Have an emergency fund

Life is unpredictable. Things are going to happen. You have to be ready. Make sure that you have an emergency fund. I used to say that $1000 is a good start. After living a little more, make sure you have at least $2000 saved. You will thank yourself for having that cushion. If you need ideas on making extra money, go here.

7. Always have a mechanic on standby

I have a love/hate relationship with cars. I love it when they work and hate when check engine lights come on. I’m not a car person, so I can’t fix most things on them. That’s where a good mechanic comes in. It’s a necessity. They will get the work done for a fraction of the cost.

8. Never stop learning

Life is all about learning. Only fools choose not to learn. Learning helps you to keep growing. It can also help you make more money and become healthier.

9. If you’re in college, enjoy it. The time moves way too fast

I have been out of college for over a decade. That is unbelievable to me. It seems like yesterday that I was chilling on Savannah State University’s campus. Time is flying. Take heed of this simple living tip and enjoy the moment.

10. Don’t worry about what people will think

Everyone has an opinion. Some people will like you, while others won’t. It’s life. You can’t worry about what others think of you. It will drive you crazy.

11. If you’re in your late 20s or early 30s and one day decide that you want to rap, do everyone a favor and don’t do it.

This one is just my opinion. It’s easier to start a side hustle or learn a trade than to become a rap star. I love my brothers, but rapping isn’t for everyone. I can think of a handful of rappers who made it big after they turned 30, and that’s it. I’m not trying to knock anyone’s dreams, but if you didn’t make it rapping in your early 20s, there’s a good chance that you won’t make it now.

12. Set a budget

A budget is essential. It tells your money where to go. Have you ever felt like you were spending but didn’t know what was happening to your money? A budget will help you get your finances under control.

13. Hard work does pay off

Next up on the list of simple living tips is to work hard. It truly does pay off. Just make some intelligent decisions when you’re doing that hard work.

14. There are other careers out there than being an athlete or an entertainer

This one is for my younger brothers. Many of them want to be athletes or entertainers when they are younger. The truth is that most of them won’t make it. There are other careers and business opportunities out there. We need doctors, lawyers, good cops, and more.

15. I’m not a big fan of the following statement: “The grass isn’t always green on the other side.” Actually, the grass is green wherever you water it.

The grass is green wherever you water; it means what it says. Whatever you pay attention to and focus on should thrive. What you ignore eventually withers away and dies.

16. Get your passport

You will need your passport if you want to travel outside the country. Get it as soon as you can. Here is some info that can help you with that. In most cases, it’s less expensive than you think.

Even if you don’t have your passport, travel. It is one of my favorite things to do. The world is bigger than your block, town, or city. Get out and explore. It was not expensive. You can travel in several ways, including driving, catching the bus, flying, or using the train.

17. There is no such thing as an overnight success

That overnight success is 5-10 years in the making. Success takes time. Don’t give up. Keep working, and one day, you will make it happen.

18. Pay off your debts

Next up on the simple living tips list is paying off your debts. This is one that I’ve been working on for the last seven years. I’ve had my ups and downs and have wanted to quit, but I didn’t. I know debt-free people and see the moves they are making. That will be me in a couple of years. I’m motivated to become debt-free so that I can do more with my money and help more folks out as well.

19. If you’re in college, avoid Sallie Mae at all costs

Sallie Mae is one of the biggest private loan lenders out there. Many people are approved for loans through the company. They don’t give a damn about you and want your money. Avoid them at all costs.

20. Expand your comfort zone

Growth happens on the other side of the comfort zone. I bet you’ve heard that statement before. It’s 100% true. In life, you must push yourself and do uncomfortable things. It’s the only way that you will grow. Who wants to be in the same place they are in ten years from now? Nobody in their right mind.

21. Surround yourself with positive people

You have to surround yourself with positive people if you want to make things happen. Negative energy will drain the life out of you. It will turn you into a negative person. Sometimes, you have to cut people off. We all outgrow people. It’s not personal; you’re just looking for your well-being.

22. Never chase women/men over money

Sex is wonderful. Most people enjoy it, but it is not worth going broke over. There is no reason to be thirsty and always trying to get ass. You have to calm those urges down. If you don’t, you can expect to be broke.

23. Some people are just in your life for a season

Another one of the simple living tips I understand the older I get is that everyone isn’t meant to be in your life forever. Some are there just for the time being. You learn from them and move on. You also grow apart from people. It’s all good. The people who are supposed to be in your life will be in it.

24. Whiskey is better than vodka

This one is an opinion. Whiskey is better than vodka. It tastes better. Your vibe is relaxed after drinking whiskey instead of being “hyped” after you drink vodka.

25. Sometimes, you have to be the bigger person, but not EVERY time.

There is nothing wrong with being the bigger person, but you don’t have to be it every time. Sometimes, people are just wrong and should be the bigger person. If they choose not to, life goes on.

26. Watch less TV

It may be hard for some, especially with what’s happening, but watch less TV if possible. Some people will get it while others won’t, but look at it like this. How can you watch TV all day if you are trying to build or create a business? It’s counterproductive. Turn the TV off and focus, or watch some YouTube videos that can help you or give you tips on creating that business that you are working on.

27. Read more

I read more now than I did when I was in college. I love reading. It helps to keep my mind fresh. It also gives me ideas about things.

28. Think for yourself. Don’t let other people shape your thoughts.

I hate groupthink. I also hate cancel culture. In many cases with cancel culture, people are mad that you have different opinions and want to cancel you. Unless it’s racism or a serious crime, what sense does this truly make? There is nothing wrong with having a different opinion. Groupthink is a problem in this country. Don’t be afraid to think for yourself.

29. Do what other people won’t do.

This is another one of the simple living tips that I live by. Do what other people won’t do. Many folks wish their lives would be better, but they don’t do anything about it. They refuse to sacrifice anything. Then, they wonder why things don’t get better. You have to do what others won’t do. That could mean getting up early, working part-time, or taking night classes. To succeed, you have to do what others won’t do.

30. Never give up

As long as you are still breathing, you can make it happen. Never give up. It may not be easy, but you will become a success in whatever you want to do.

These 30+ simple living tips are here to help you with your mindset. At times like this, we have to look at the bright side. Hopefully, these simple living tips will help you if you are going through something.

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Jason Butler is the owner of My Money Chronicles, a website where he discusses personal finance, side hustles, travel, and more. Jason is from Atlanta, Georgia. He graduated from Savannah State University with his BA in Marketing. Jason has been featured in Forbes, Discover, and Investopedia.