Life can become hectic pretty quickly. Between work and personal obligations, there’s a lot of stuff going on at once. I was getting overwhelmed and stressed and realized I needed to make my life a little easier, so I decided to work on it by doing a few things like:
Starting My Day With Peace
I’ve talked about my simple morning routine before that helps me reduce stress, but it is worth mentioning again. My morning sets the tone for the rest of my day so it’s really important that it starts on a good note. Whatever your morning looks like, the idea is that you stay consistent with a routine to make it more streamlined. I lay my clothes out for both my workout, and work the night before so I’m not scrambling in the morning. I leave my keys in the same place everyday for the same reason. The idea is that I create little habits that over time, make my life more simple. Removing the many little decisions out of my mornings has helped me feel more peaceful and less rushed before I start my day.
Just Doing 3 Things
I have a never ending to-do list and looking at it first thing in the mornings used to just make me feel overwhelmed. “How am I supposed to get this all done?” I’d ask myself and get stressed out and then procrastinate everything on the list. Instead, now I pick only 3 things I want to accomplish for the day, prioritize them, then complete them. This way I feel less stressed, get small wins throughout and feel more accomplished at the end of the day.
Doing One Task at a Time
This ties into the above point of minimizing my tasks. Doing just one task at a time instead of trying to multitask has helped me start and finish projects more efficiently. I’m no longer in the midst of several unfinished projects. Instead, I do one thing at a time with no distractions and again, I get that awesome feeling of accomplishment which gives a boost to my esteem. Although it takes some getting used to, try it out and tell me how it goes for you.
Creating a Distraction Free Space
Here is where I get all my work done – a small, bare corner of my apartment that allows for zero distractions. No people, pets or phones allowed. To prevent myself from wasting time on social media and mindless web browsing, I also use a web blocker so I can only focus on the task at hand. This has been a huge game changer for me as I struggle quite a bit with procrastination. Make it your little sanctuary that makes you feel more comfortable and at ease.
I enjoy my own company a lot, especially since I don’t have to get dressed to hang out with myself. If I don’t feel like going out – I won’t, because if I end up forcing myself, no one will be happy. I’ll just be out with a bad attitude and it would defeat the purpose of going out in the first place. I’ve learned when to say no and it’s made both me and the other person a lot happier. Don’t force yourself to do things you don’t want to just to please other people.
Waiting 30 Days Before Buying
This one rule helps me eliminate a lot of unnecessary purchases. If I see an item I really want, I just wait 30 days to purchase it and see if I really want it. By then, I don’t really care about it and end up just moving on. Simple.
Limiting My Colour Choices
This was an easy one for me because I don’t consider myself the most creative or fashion-forward person out there – I’m more of a t-shirt and jeans type of person. I wear black, navy, grey and beige with the odd pop of red or purple. It works well for me and I don’t have to over think or spend a whole lot of money on clothes. I know what works for me and it makes my life much easier when I have fewer choices and everything goes together.
These are just a few things I’m working on to simplify my life. What works for you? Let me know in the comments!