We all lead busy lives. We work, we play, we teach, we learn, we live, we cry. We can get caught up in checking e-mails, composing responses, texting or checking our voice mails. We want to help our kids with their homework, we have to food shop, prepare meals or take the dog to the vet. Where is the time to go to the movies, the gym, meet a friend for coffee or attend an art opening? We all do, and perhaps, we dotoo much?
Simplify your life by focusing on what needs more attention at this particular time in your life. Is it your family, your health, your friends, your emotional state of mind or your career? Focusing on your needs will allow you to simplify and live the life you desire. No more wasting time embarking on tasks that do not bring you positive results or joy. #betterandbetter.
Simplification eliminates you getting lost in your inbox or in the grocery aisle. I suggest taking charge and being prepared for when you embark upon both of these tasks. Starting today, unsubscribe to any e-mail that you regularly delete. You will feel better by the end of the month when your inbox is more manageable. When shopping for groceries, clothes or sundries, always shop with a list and stick to your list. You will find that you will have both more time and money at the end of the week.
Here are 5 easy ways to simplify your days.
- Set up your coffee pot and prepare your lunch/kids lunches the night before.
- Pack your gym bag or prepare your work clothes for tomorrow, the night before.
- Every evening, make a list of what you want to get done tomorrow. Prioritize the entries on your list with numbers 1,2 or 3.
- Everything that MUST get done receives a 1 to the left of the task.
- Everything you’d really like to get done, receives a 2.
- The remaining entries all receive the ranking of #3. Look at all of your #3’s. What will happen if they don’t get done? Can you assign these tasks to someone else? Can you shift these tasks to another day? Be honest, most of us can simply cross off our #3’s. They are usually not priority tasks.
- Don’t hit the snooze button on your alarm. Get out of bed when you first hear your alarm. Staring your day late is never a good way to start your day!
- Make your bed before you head out for the day. Even if nothing else on your list were to get done today, when you come home from work, you will feel a sense of accomplishment that your bed has been made.
One of the best statements I’ve ever heard was “I’m going to stop saying I’m so busy, and start saying I’m so blessed!”. #blessed. It’s really just a way of viewing life’s events, through a different or new lens. Meeting life with a sense of gratitude, in lieu of meeting life as a series of tasks will open your heart and mind to great blessings. #grateful.