There have been so many times that I’ve looked back on plans I’ve had but didn’t get around to doing. Why not? Because life happened and I didn’t have time. We tend to get so caught up with external influences that we get completely sidetracked and lose sight of what we actually planned on doing.
So I’ve decided to have a look at different aspects of my life that I could streamline and how these habits can help. I really hope that you find it useful too.
Get rid of clutter
This is the absolute best place to start. I find that the state of my external environment has a huge impact on my mental and emotional states. When my surroundings are chaotic and cluttered, I actually start feeling anxious. Not a good thing when you have two tiny tornadoes living in your house.
Simplifying your possessions and removing clutter, can sometimes be the best therapy. I refer to it as the purge (literally and figuratively). Luckily Alex has finally learnt that he has one chance to save anything he wants to keep.
Plan and prep meals ahead of time
Everyone has to eat so this is not only a tip for families. It doesn’t matter how many people you’re cooking for, this is a tip that can really save you so much time and money in the long run. Consult your recipe books and Pinterest for ideas. Trust me when I say this practice can go a very long way to simplifying your life.
Do yourself a favour and make lists…OF EVERYTHING
These are the two biggest areas that I focus on. But really, lists help to clear up so much confusion. Please don’t go to my level though…I make lists of the lists I need to make. (Yes I need help)
Keep a notebook on a central, handy place. Where you can write as you pass. Need milk? Just used the last of a spice? Add it to the list. It will save you so much time during your next shopping trip. Instead of doing an inventory of your kitchen to write up a list right before you leave, you’ll have it ready to go when you need it.
I take a few minutes to draw up a list either for my day or week ahead. By doing this, I am able to stay focused on my goals and stay on track with what I need to get done. It also prevents my easily distracted nature from rearing its ugly unproductive head.
Learn to say two very important things:
There are two things I’ve always had a problem with saying, and it was really a difficult lesson to learn. But absolutely worth it.
1. Learn to say NO
This lesson literally had me in tears a few times. I was the person who could never say no to anyone, especially those I care about. Even if it was an extreme inconvenience to me or caused conflict in our home.
But I realized that it’s ok to say no every now and then. The world will absolutely not explode. Just because someone asks for something, doesn’t mean you need to do it. Especially if it’s going to be an inconvenience.
You don’t have to push yourself beyond your limits to meet someone else’s needs. It’s very seldom that they would be willing to do the same for you.
2. Learn to ASK FOR HELP
I realize these two together are quite contradictory. But you’ll know which end of the spectrum you fit in.
Don’t be afraid to ask for help if you need it. By this, I mean asking BEFORE the poop hits the fan. No one knows what you need better than you do. So if you know you’ll need help, speak up.
I’ve recently discovered exactly how selfish some people can be, especially those you would never expect it from. While this does sadden me, I have also been blown away by the amazing serving and loving hearts around us. My point is that although you may be disappointed by the answer, you may also be surprised. You’ll never know unless you ask.
Some final tips:
- Be sure to get at least 7 hours of decent sleep
- A good morning routine can set the tone for your entire day
- Always keep your calendar updated. I keep a widget on my phone’s home screen so that there’s no way I can forget things…well, except for when I forget to put things on my calendar. (I know, I’m working on it)
By investing the time to change some of your habits now, you’ll save yourself so much time in future. Implementing some of these healthier habits, you’ll free yourself up to do more of the things that you enjoy and even allow you to focus on your big picture goals. The best part? You’ll also be boosting productivity and efficiency. Who wouldn’t want to end their day off with a feeling of relief for actually getting things done?