What I´m Learning To Do To Simplify My Life

I don´t know about you but my to-do list seems to grow by leap and bounds with each passing day…sometimes to the point of leaving me feeling both stressed and distracted. That´s why I know it is definitely time to do something to simplify my life.

After all, feeling happy and healthy can be really challenging when you´re feeling stressed. So, today, I´m going to share some strategies I´ve recently been using to simplify my life and I hope they will help lessen any stress that has you feeling down as well.

And since I´m a person who loves things in a step-by-step format (something else that helps me keep stress at bay!), that´s how I´ve laid my ideas out for you here.

FOR BEST RESULTS: Take some time to put each of these techniques into action; choose one, practice it and then move on to the next. There´s no need to rush or add to any sense of overwhelm by trying to do them all at once.

9 “Simplify My Life” Steps That Really Work

Step 1: Consider What’s Most Important

Simplifying anything always starts with determining what is most important and figuring out how to eliminate the rest. 

  • Now, think about your activities, tasks, and commitments that are congruent with your list.
  • Start eliminating the items that fail to support your priorities.

Step 2: Know What Your Perfect Day Looks Like

It’s hard to achieve something if you’re lacking a target. So, visualize your perfect day. Everyone’s perfect day is different, but try to understand what yours looks like.

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Step 3: It’s Okay To Say “No”

When faced with opportunities to add activities to your life, consider your priorities list. If a new activity doesn’t fit with your list, just say “no.”

  • If you’re afraid you might disappoint others by turning down their request, remember that when you do too much, the quality of your contribution is minimized. You’re letting yourself and your family down more when you take on too much.

Step 4: Prioritize Your Tasks

Before you go to bed each night, make a list of the three top things you want to accomplish the next day. Make a second list of things you’d like to accomplish, but they aren’t critical. 

  • Avoid doing items on the second list until the first list is complete.

Step 5: Schedule Time To Do The Most Important Items

If it’s important to complete a certain task, decide exactly when to do it. These appointments should be bordering on sacred. Nothing should get in the way. Turn off your phone and stay off the internet!

Step 6: Slow Down

Going a little slower won’t decrease the amount you accomplish. Rushing is just wallowing in nervous energy that makes you tired, less effective, and prone to mistakes. Smile and breathe. Everything is easier if you simply slow down.

Step 7: Try Single-tasking

Multi-tasking has been shown to be a less efficient way to work. Focus on one task at a time. Complete it and then move on. 

  • This is a great opportunity to hone your ability to focus.

Step 8: Batch The Smaller Tasks

When possible, have time scheduled to do all of your phone calls at once. The same goes for dealing with e-mails or any other similar task. These are great to do at the end of the day when your energy is low.

Step 9: Leave Some Space In-between

It sounds counter intuitive, but you can get more done if you take a short break between tasks. Have a drink of water and move around a little bit. Breaks are important. Relax. 

  • It’s not necessary to cram one task right on top of another.

Making your day as simple as possible is almost magical. By focusing on the most important items each day, you eliminate a lot of clutter in your life and your mind. You’ll feel much more peaceful and get more of the important tasks accomplished. Get started today and your days will become more simple and more enjoyable.

 

About the Author Jan Marie Mueller

Jan Marie Mueller is founder of the inspirational blog ThinkBrilliantly and The Brilliance Community, a free Facebook group dedicated to empowering women to let their inner brilliance shine! Her mission is to help women everywhere shift the way they think about themselves, their world and those around them so they have the confidence to do, be and have what they want most in life!

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