Are you always busy?
Dashing from here to there and back again, with your never-ending to-do list clutched in one hand, your phone clutched in the other as you frantically send out another FB update or tweet or text?
Does housework feel like the labours of Hercules?
Are the important people in your life are getting less of your full-on attention than they deserve?
Do you fall into bed, exhausted at the end of the day, knowing that tomorrow the whole wretched merry-go-round starts again?
Do you always/often feel less than 100% physically?
Do you feel overwhelmed or that you’re failing?
Do you want it to stop?
If you’ve said ‘yes’ then here are some suggestions to help you simplify your life. You might find it challenging at first – that’s OK – do what you can.
You’ll feel better, have more time, feel fresher and more productive. Success and simplicity go hand-in-hand. And remember it’s an ongoing process – you may wish to revisit some of the items on the list again in the future
Do as much as possible this week and chances are you’ll feel so energised you’ll keep finding more and more ways to simplify for success!!
How can you declutter your home?
Keep all the items that have sentimental value but generally I think that most of us have way too much stuff – from furniture to ornaments and gadgets – that we hardly ever use. Grab some bin bags and go round your house and decide what you genuinely need and give the rest to a charity shop or a friend and let someone else appreciate it.
What about all those things that are going to be mended some day? It’s time to either mend them or dispose of them in some way – do you have a friend who might love the chance to fix it?
Lots of toys that the kids no longer play with? Send them to a charity if they’re still in good condition.
How many clothes do you have lurking in the back of wardrobes that aren’t going to be worn again? [Be honest 🙂 ] Pack them off to a charity shop or give them to friends.
What about paperwork – shred or bin all those old, useless documents and receipts for something that’s been broken for years etc
How can you declutter your time?
Is there any social activity that you can drop and not really miss doing?
What can you delegate? Are there tasks at work that can be handed over to someone else – at least some of the time? What about chores at home? Can you delegate any of those? Are you able to pay for a cleaner to come in once or twice a week and take some of the load off you?
Maybe you could have a gardener come now and again to do some of the heavy work in the garden?
What about food shopping online? Once you’ve set it up it’s fairly easy to redo it each week and still take advantage of any special offers. And don’t forget you can book tickets on line as well.
Cook simple meals in the evening and, if you can, make enough so that you can freeze some for another day.
Start saying ‘no’
It’s easy to fill up our time with things that we don’t really want to do or don’t really have the time for. Say ‘ no’ to events and invitations unless you’re excited about going or it’s really important to the other person. But if you don’t really fancy that BBQ on Saturday, then simply say apologise and politely turn down the invitation.
Spend less time on the internet
Isn’t it amazing how 5 minutes checking emails or face book mysteriously turns into an hour or more? 🙂 Limit your sessions on social media and see who/what you can delete from your lists.
Stop trying to multi-task
Multitasking is counterproductive as it burdens the brain and slows us down. Read more here.
Instead of multitasking, group similar activities together and tackle them one after another. For example, set aside time to send all your tweets and emails. Or lump all your errands together and do them in one fell swoop, so that you don’t need to keep driving to various places.
Once you start simplifying your life, you’ll discover new ways and ideas. Make a start and see how much more productive, happy and successful you are!
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Nina is a qualified life coach who enjoys learning and sharing about flourishing. She is a novice blogger.