Women are always looking for ways to simplify their lives, reduce their stress and have more time. How do you actually accomplish this when you have so many people and tasks in your daily life that need your attention NOW? Here is our list of 10 simple ways to simplify your life.
Say No More
Say No. This is the simplest and quickest way to add simplicity to your life. We all want to be available and helpful, but by saying yes to everything we are focused on other people’s priorities instead of our own. So, when someone asks you for your time really think about it before giving your yes.
Start a Capsule Wardrobe
Standing in your closet every morning thinking about what to wear can be frustrating. The simple way to make this decision easy is to have a capsule wardrobe. A capsule wardrobe is a mini wardrobe made up of versatile pieces. Each season (spring, summer, fall, and winter), you clear your closet except for a set number of pieces to be in your capsule wardrobe. Having this type of clothing means everything goes together and it is easy to put an outfit together.
Unsubscribe from Emails
It is overwhelming to open your inbox to hundreds of unread emails. It can take a long time to comb through them all and often the majority are junk from email lists that you don’t care about anymore. Get off those lists! Spend some time unsubscribing to the things that no longer apply so that you are not hit with hundreds of emails every day.
Write Your To-Do List Before Bed
Write your to-do list and goals for the next day before you go to sleep. This allows you to think about the next day in a quiet space instead of trying to figure out what you need to do in the midst of a hectic morning.
Choose a Top 3 Everyday
Instead of working from a never-ending to-do list every day choose three things that you want to accomplish. You can always add more if you want, but if you accomplish those three it will be a good day. It is a lot more manageable to look at a list of three instead of a list of 100.
How many times do you have a hard day and then when you get home you have to make more decisions about what to make for dinner. By the end of the day your brain is tired of decisions and often you end up scrambling to throw something together or ordering food. If you plan your meals out in advance and make sure you have everything you need on hand there is no decision to be made. You can make it even easier on yourself by prepping food in advance so it is either ready to eat or you just have to cook.
Limit Your Communication Methods
There are a million ways that people get in touch. From cell phones, social media platforms, and millions of app options. You can drive yourself crazy keeping up with all the communication methods. You don’t actually have to be available on all of these. Choose where you want to communicate with people and leave the rest. If someone asks if they can find you on an app you have never heard of, say no but you can find me at__________. Make it easy on yourself!
Remember when being able to multitask was worn as a badge of honor? Well, throw that badge out. It has been long proven that multitasking is actually less efficient and slows down productivity. It also adds stress to your day. Focus on one task at a time with laser focus and you will be more productive and avoid the feeling of overwhelm.
Watch Less TV
TV is the ultimate time waster. I am not saying to throw your TV out the window, but think about how much time it is on and what you are spending your time watching. Are their programs that you don’t really care about? Do you have the news on all the time and it is bringing you down? Turn that tv off and see how it feels.
Spend More Time Doing Things You Love
Prioritize your time to include the people and activities you love. Life goes by fast and we can all waste our time and the things we view as priorities or necessary. If we take a critical look at how we spend our time there is always places to simplify and create space for what we love.
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