Here are 5 easy ways to simplify your life so you can make room for the things that really matter. Start simplifying your life right NOW with these actionable tips.
Simplifying your life is definitely life changing and it’s something easy, manageable and something you can start on immediately.
I have been very intentional with making my life more manageable. It’s always a work in progress but it’s nothing insurmountable daily.
Here’s 5 ways to simplify your life so you can be a happier and more productive person.
5 Ways to Simplify Your Life
Here are 5 easy ways you can learn to simplify your life TODAY without any planning ahead of time.
BEGIN EACH DAY WITH A MORNING ROUTINE
A morning routine has been incredibly life changing for me. This includes my morning workout, drinking coffee while planning our day, eating breakfast and getting dressed.
I find that when I do all of these things, my mindset is just so much better throughout the entire day. It sets the tone. While it may not always be calm, we are doing our best when all of the above happens.
If you’re finding that you are rushed during your morning routine, set your alarm for 15 minutes earlier. That’s not a lot of time to be beneficial to stay in bed but it can also help you set the tone for the whole day.
Also doing something that’s not completely about getting ready or all about work will help you relax before the stressful part of your day. Try reading, listening to some music or just sitting alone with your thoughts.
When our home is cluttered, boy am I all out of sorts. Donating things we no longer have a need for and making room for the things that matter in our life (am I sounding like Marie Kondo right now?!) helps me live the life I want.
And when there are things everywhere, I am frazzled, angry and I am so far from having it all together. We have to be very intentional with putting things back and taking the few seconds to make it right.
I set a timer with Alexa and start putting things back where they are supposed to be if things start getting out of hand.
When things are where they need to be and I only have items that make sense to our life, I have more energy and I am a much happier person.
If you’re looking for tips for decluttering toys, head to my blog post HERE.
TAKE CHARGE OF YOUR FINANCES
If you’ve been following me on Instagram, you’ll see in my stories a little about our budgeting journey. I don’t share it too much but I’ve been doing so well keeping track and trying to get our spending under control thanks to The Budget Mom and all of the free resources on the website.
The past few months have been totally eye opening and just this past week I noticed the fruits of our labor. Once I knew where our money was going we were able to figure out where we needed to go going forward. We are so much happier when the money is going to where it needs to go and not spending frivolously.
We have money in sinking funds for the kids, money in the bank and a good sized savings. All in a few months of controlling our spending and taking charge of finances.
PUT DOWN YOUR PHONE!
Okay, guilty. BUT when I am with the kids, I do my best to put my phone in a different room so I can focus on reading, playing or completing tasks around home.
I try to avoid mindlessly scrolling Facebook and instead I am intentional with what I am checking on – specifically only checking to help the blog. I hide Pages I don’t want to see and intentionally check on family and friends so I don’t miss their posts.
When I find myself spending too much time on social media, I’m not a happy person. I can’t avoid it due to the nature of my business – all online! – but I try to be completely intentional with the time I spend on specific programs.
TAKE CONTROL OF YOUR TIME
I am huge on scheduling our time. I use my Erin Condren planner to plan out our week on Sunday and then plan out my day every morning.
On Sundays I focus on setting goals for the week and work towards accomplishing the goals. I make a list, number that list and set time blocks for everything. And I stop doing things that are time wasters, like scrolling Facebook, and focus on achieving my goals for the week.
Time blocking helps me focus on writing, blogging, social media and of course family and personal time. It also helps with SAYING NO when things are too out of hand. I only have so much time in a day. How do you want to spend that time? If an obligation gives you a negative reaction and it does not have to be done, skip it.
Of course there are things we just have to do, like laundry or work.
And there’s nothing wrong with scheduling your down time. Once you write it down, you’re more likely to achieve your goals. If your goal is to read one book a month, set time aside to achieve that goal. My main goal every week is to work on my fitness. Using The Fitness Planner also helps me achieve my fitness and weight loss goals.
How have you simplified your life lately?
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