Which of the following describes you best?
A) Stressed beyond all belief
B) A little scatter-brained, but surviving
C) … don’t know… don’t have time to think… running super late…
D) Doing just fine, I’ve got a wonderfully balanced life
Any of the above fit you to a “T”? Then read on!
PS – You may have noticed I covered a wide spectrum in the choices above, and that’s because I truly feel anyone can benefit from some of these quick tips.
tips to simplify your life
1) Give your daily routine a little break
Focus on just what needs to get done. And add in a few things that are just for you. (As they say, “You do you.”) We can often create a state of stress by overwhelming ourselves with all the “extra.” But when you really get down to it, the “extra” is just that, and when we focus on just the necessities of our day we realize how much more stress we add by “overbooking our day.”
[ Speaking of “stress” – Have you seen my Ultimate Guide to Stress? Here’s Part 1 – Understanding Stress …It’s a quick read, but super informative! ]
2) De-clutter your inbox
Y’all. How did I not know about Unroll.Me before? It is magical! Unroll.Me lets you see how many email lists your on and you can unsubscribe from all that extra baggage to clean up your inbox.
3) Re-assess your time management skills
My husband would laugh at this one, because I always underestimate how much time things take. But whether you constantly get distracted, or just prioritize the wrong things, everyone could use a tune-up in time management once in a while.
4) Plan out your weekly meals
One of the best things I ever did after we got married, was starting to plan our dinners for the week. Mainly, it can avoid daily grocery store runs and the nightly debate of “what sounds good to you?” “I don’t know, what sounds good to you??” And so on, until you order a pizza – spending more money, and calories, than you’d intended to.
I usually start by jotting ideas on a post-it note throughout my work day, and then take a few minutes to actually form those ideas into meals. I used to email the weekly plan to myself, which was nice because I could search through my inbox for ideas later one. But now I use a printable and keep it on the counter in the kitchen, so my family can also see the plan for the week. Its all in what works best for you. [Stay tuned: I’ll be sharing the printable soon!]
5) Clean up as you go
It sounds so simple, but that’s the point, isn’t it? The more you can clean up as you go, the less things start to pile up. For example, while I don’t exactly mind the mess while my son is playing, I do try to tidy up all his toys and fold any blankets as soon as he goes to bed each evening. I also try to put away any clutter that has accumulated throughout the day on our countertops or tables. A fresh start the next morning is SO worth it!
These are some of my favorite tricks to simplify my life. None of them are really super complicated, but they can make a big impact on your day-to-day quality of life.
Do you have any favorite tips you’ve used to simplify your life? I’d love to hear them!