I love to keep things simple. Why make life more complicated than it has to be? Keeping things simple leads to less stress and a smaller burden on your shoulder all of the time. If you find that keeping up with all of the aspects of life gets tough sometimes- you have come to the right place!
Although it may sometimes seem it, simple isn’t always easy. Sure, coming up with solutions to simplify your problems can be easy, but actually following through with those solutions is where it can sometimes get complicated. I thought today would be a perfect day to write a blog post on simplicity. After all, it is Monday and I think everyone needs some simplicity on a Monday. Here are my top simplicity tips and tricks:
1. Learn To Say No
Believe it or not, saying no can go a very long way. Don’t let your FOMO (fear of missing out for the elder folks reading this) stop you from saying no. Life is hectic, if you are constantly doing things and never taking time for yourself you’re going to get stressed. The ability to say no provides space in life to focus on the things that you value most. Sometimes it is better to not involve yourself in everything, but involve yourself in the things that matter most to you.
2. Unsubscribe From Emails
I don’t know about you guys, but when I wake up every morning the first thing I do is check my email. When my inbox is overflowing with emails that aren’t very important to me (sales at stores I haven’t been to since like the 6th grade) I loose it. Remove yourself from all of the email subscriptions lists that you no longer care about.
3. Purchase A Planner
I have no idea how I would even get through life without a planner. My planner is like the holy grail and I use it for absolutely everything. I write down every little detail that is going on during each day in my planner.
4. Be Early
When planning out your day and figuring out how much time you need to get ready for something, always add five to ten minutes to that time. I know this sounds a little bit tedious but it actually works! This will keep you from running out the door last minute to an important conference or not having enough time to grab that coffee you reeeeealllllly want on your way to class.
5. Don’t Overthink Things!
When you’re feeling stressed out about something keep this question in mind… “will this matter 5 years from now?” Thing is, it usually won’t! Don’t dwell on things that really won’t matter too much in the future.
6. Get Rid Of Your Digital Clutter
Do you really need that document from your 8th grade English class on your computer? Get rid of all the documents that you no longer need. I try and go through my documents once every month or so. I like to get rid of what I no longer need and organize what I do need into different folders. This goes for pictures on your electronic devices as well! If you have a ton of pictures on your phone upload them to your computer. From there you can head over to sites like DropBox or even Facebook to store all of your pictures. This will give you more space on your phone and computer and will also keep things organized and less cluttered.
7. Set Goals
I’m an advocate for writing down a set of goals each month and trying to complete them. I’ve been trying to complete a new set of goals each month for a while now and it’s allowed me to start new habits, break down larger goals into manageable chunks, and achieve things I have been wanting to do for a long time. By doing this I get rid of all the buzzing thoughts in my head and throw them all down on paper.
8. Evaluate Your Time
How do you spend your day? Think about what you do each hour of every day. What are you doing from the time you wake up to the time you go to sleep? Take some time to figure out if what you’re spending your time on each day is in line with your priorities. Eliminate the things that aren’t and try your best to not stray from what’s important. Rework how you spend your time each day.
9. Take Time For Yourself
Having some alone time each day has so many benefits. Find a place that is quiet and calm and try your best to focus on what matters to you the most for a bit. Figure out your goals and enjoy the peacefulness of being alone. I am the huge fan of alone time and get a little bit cranky if I don’t have it each day.
10. Slow Down
Stop going through life like it is a race! Stop rushing through life, you will miss the little aspects that matter most if you are constantly worried about what’s going to happen next. The slower you work your way though each day the less mistakes you will make. Speeding through every aspect of life will lead to stress and frustration. If we all make an effort to slow down, we can be more efficient, stop getting distracted, clear our minds, and have more time to focus on what’s important.