Make coffee at home and bring to work and money on purchasing it out. Make enough food at dinner to have leftovers for lunch the next day and save money on going out. Upon getting the mail throw junk mail right in the recycling bin. These and so many other daily practices which I started doing some time ago I rarely think about anymore as they have become second nature, or on auto pilot.
The money I save each month on being frugal is being sent to the mortgage company to pay down the home loan or simply being placed in savings. I don’t think about it, I just do it.
I don’t even have to think too much about items to purchase as I have become accustomed to rarely shopping at all. If I need something I just order it online. I really don’t like going to places like the mall as I get stuff overload too quickly. When I have to purchase consumables like tooth paste I purchase enough to last a few months and keep a stock on a shelf in the garage to reduce the amount of times I have to purchase it again. This cuts down on trips to the supermarket thus reducing gas mileage and give me more time to enjoy life.
When something is dirty I simply clean it, if an area becomes slightly cluttered I attack it. My mind is constantly looking for area’s of our home that may need further minimizing.
Very rarely do I have the need to save paper documents as anything that I may need to save is simply scanned and saved as a pdf both on my computer and in the cloud. When I need to find something it can be be done with a simple search by pressing some keys on my keyboard rather than going through the file cabinet.
There was a time not so long ago where I learned these practices to make life a little easier and I started practicing them. I would have to constantly think about them and felt pretty excited about practicing them. I have come to a point where I rarely think about these things as I simply do them as they are things that are just a part of my life now.
It seems that when we start practicing things each day it leads to a natural pattern of thought where these things become auto pilot. They simply get done.
I have found that because of these practices I feel less stressed. I don’t worry about things like the future because I know I am doing the best I can to secure it. I have more time to do the things I enjoy doing even if it means I have the time to simply do nothing. I don’t worry about things anymore like the car breaking down because I have enough set aside to fix it.
Living the simple life can actually be very stressful at first but with daily practice it can lead to a life of peace. Of course there will always be stressful situations and problems that we have to deal with but by reducing or eliminating those things that we create ourselves cuts back on most of them. It takes time to stop bad habits and start practicing good one’s. It takes effort and a great deal of mindfulness but over time these things will become second nature and will go on auto pilot each day without even thinking about them. We wake up one day and realize that we don’t think about them, we just do them.