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If you are somebody who is running around from one thing to another, you might want to simplify your life.
Today’s world is very “GO GO GO!!”, am I right? From working to socializing to making time for yourself and your family, it seems like we are always on the go, always exhausted, and always complaining that we have “no time” for anything.
Well, that may seem so, but in actuality, we do have some freedom in how we choose to design our own lives, and with a few steps added to our daily routine, we can live a simpler and less chaotic life.
I know, I know.. you’re already exhausted and struggling to juggle everything all at once, and you’re probably thinking that there is not a chance that you can add anything more to your day. I get it. But to simplify our lives, we must be able to be willing to put in a little extra effort in order for it to work.
The following steps are going to help you with doing just that, and in no time this is going to become a routine to you and you will be well on your way to simplifying your life.
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Have a morning routine
One of the easiest ways to simplify your life is to have routines. Morning routines are a great way to get your life in order before you even get out of the house for work.
Here are some ideas on what you can do in the morning to set yourself up for a productive day.
Declutter your space
One of the best things to do for simplifying your life is decluttering your space. From your home, your closet and your office, once you get rid of things you don’t need you will feel a lot better.
A golden rule to follow is that if you haven’t used anything in a whole year, you don’t need it. With clothes, if you haven’t worn something in 2 seasons, it’s time to get rid of it.
Trust me, you will feel so much lighter, and you won’t have to spend hours looking for that one dress in your closet that’s buried under a pile of stuff you never wear.
Decluttering also has awesome benefits to our health which you can read all about here!
Setting aside a couple of hours every Sunday to prep lunches, freeze some meals and chop your fruit and vegetables for the week will save you hours during your work week.
Decide what you will be eating throughout the week and prepare some of it for quick workweek dinners, which will, in turn, free up a lot of your time. Pinterest is full of meal prep guides; find one that works for you and prep accordingly.
Learn to say “no”
Saying no to things you don’t want to do or events you do not wish to attend is something that will simplify your life in many ways. You will have more free time to do what you actually need to get done in the day, and you won’t have to endure small talk or waste your energy on things that don’t matter.
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Self-care is something everybody needs to be doing, at least once a day. When we take care of ourselves, we decrease our stress levels, our mood gets better, and it helps to avoid burnout.
Self-care doesn’t have to take up the whole day. Read below to find ways you can practice self-care quickly and affordably.
I freaking love to-do lists, especially for work-related tasks, or when I know I’m going to have a crazy jam-packed day. Every morning, I get my planner out and write all the things I need to tackle. Try a planner for yourself!
After writing in my planner, I try to get the most important tasks dealt with first, just so that I know that I have gotten those out of the way. After that, the rest of the day goes by smoothly because I can deal with my “less important” tasks at a leisurely pace. Another thing that has helped me if, say, I’m in bed already and remember something important for the next day, is putting it as an alarm on my phone! Works great for those late night thoughts.
After a certain hour of the night, put your phone away, turn off Netflix and don’t look at any more screens. Let your eyes and brain rest from social media and movies. Instead, take a hot shower, read a book, stretch, or just hang out and pick up things around the house. Switching off from the world will clear your head, and you will soon see that you don’t even miss being on your phone at night.
Prep the night before
A big time saver for me in the mornings is to get my life together the night before. I pick put and steam my outfit, get my shoes ready, pack my lunch and get my bag ready by the door. Waking up at 5am, this saves me SO much time when I have to be out the door at 6. Try it out for yourself.
Have a nighttime routine
Your nighttime routine can be as simple as 3 steps- shower, moisturize, set the alarm. However many steps you incorporate into your nighttime routine will be fine, as long as you try to do it every night. Soon enough, your body will learn that these steps are signs that you are getting ready for sleep. Sleeping like a baby will soon become your norm, how great is that?!
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