Simplification - Henry Davis

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I did not believe what Henry Davis Thoreau said, “As you simplify your life, the laws of the universe will be simpler,” until I decided to let go of things within my comfort zone that complicated my life. During two weeks I did things at home, work, and school differently in attempt to reduce my level of stress. I was apprehensive about the my experiment as I did not want to consume my time doing pointless things that would instead increase my stress and cause me to have a heart attack, or so I thought. My experiment proved to be successful, I am a believer. Small changes at work, school, and home transformed my life completely, my life has been overhauled, it has been simplified.

The first day of my experiment was complicated, I had a problem letting go of the way I was accustomed to doing things. The goal was to simplify but that did not come at first. I had to create “to do” lists to make sure that I was starting from the beginning, to make sure that I was establishing a good foundation. Since one of my biggest problems is clutter because I claim I will put things away later, I decided to tackle that first. My clutter, my mess, was at the root of all of my problems. I had to put everything away and had to make sure that everything I use on a daily basis had its own space that was accessible to me. The next big task was making sure to put all of the items away once I was done using them. For mail, I made sure that I had my shred machine and files in a location that was easily accessible. This prevented having an accumulation of documents that needed to be sorted at a later time. It was a lot of discipline to be able to put everything away when I used it. When I first began my experiment I was afraid that I would spend more time simplifying my life than I was already spending; I noticed that it did not take me longer to get ready or get things done on a daily…...

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