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Do you find yourself without enough time in the day? Perhaps you’re an overthinker who spends too much energy worrying or don’t dedicate your effort where it’s needed the most. There are so many small (and large) changes you can make every day to make life easier.
By changing how you juggle your workload, how you run things in the home, and how you think, you can streamline your life and reduce the physical and mental clutter.
Here are some of the top tips to get your life together and make things that much easier going forward.
Make Life Easier by Changing Your Mindset
1. Not My Circus, Not My Monkeys
Memorize this phrase and repeat it to yourself whenever you feel yourself wanting to get involved with something that doesn’t apply to you.
If you often see a problem and feel the need to fix it or get worked up about an issue that doesn’t have anything to do with you, don’t get involved. It’s just signing you up for more stress and worry!
2. Talk to a Friend
It sounds simple, but many of us have a habit of holding everything inside. Whenever you feel anxious, overly worried, or upset about something, vocalize that to someone. By sharing a little bit of your burden, you can unload it off your shoulders.
It doesn’t mean they are carrying it for you, but they understand what you’re experiencing, which makes a huge difference.
3. Set Daily Intentions
Before you even start the day, check in with yourself first. Ask what you need to get done that day to fulfill your own needs. It can be anything from getting everything done on your to-do list to being present in the moment.
Throughout the day, you’ll find yourself remembering your intention and making sure your energy is going towards fulfilling it. You can find more ideas on how to be more intentional in this blog post here.
4. Practice Mindfulness
Mindfulness can refer to meditation, but it’s also a practice of embracing thoughts, feelings, and sensations in the moment. It is simply about being aware of how you’re feeling and what’s happening without trying to place any judgment or opinion on it.
To help practice mindfulness, devote some time and space to quiet down and focus.
5. Be Kind to Yourself
Oftentimes, we treat ourselves way worse than we would treat others. It happens subconsciously from a glance in the mirror to the way we think.
Anytime you realize you’re being unkind to yourself, try to redirect that thinking. If it were someone else, what would you say instead?
6. Eliminate Toxic People
Your circle should lift you up and not drag you down. Eliminating toxic people from your life is one of the hardest decisions you will ever make but will be for the best in the long run.
If someone won’t change their negativity even after you’ve tried to talk about it with them, it’s time to let them go and move on. If you want more help with this, check out this blog post about how to recognize toxic people and how to deal with them.
7. Set Goals
Taking time to sit down and set goals will make them that much more attainable. Vocalizing what you want forces you to think about how you might actually achieve them.
Make sure to write some big picture goals such as career or family aspirations. Also include short-term goals so you have something to look forward to such as passing that class or going on that dream vacation.
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8. Practice Gratitude
When everything is going wrong or we feel as though we aren’t progressing, it’s great to take time to remind yourself what is going right and what you do have.
It can be things like:
- a roof over your head
- having a supportive group of friends
- a family that loves you
- appreciation for a good meal
- or anything that reminds you that you’re doing well
Try to notice the small things like a sunny sky on your walk home or a clean house. You can even write down your feelings in a gratitude journal to remind yourself to look for joy in the simple things.
When things get busy, we often forget to take time for ourselves. Self-care looks different for everyone, but it’s all about dedicating time every day to yourself.
Sometimes it looks like putting on a face mask and relaxing in the bathtub; other times it means playing video games at the end of a long day. Here are 20 benefits and examples of self-care habits and routines if you need help getting started.
Always take some time for yourself to do something you love to do.
10. Ask for Help
No matter if it’s pride getting in the way or the idea that everything must get done by yourself, consider asking for help. Many people struggle to admit when they need a hand with something, whether it’s a shoulder to cry on or a friend to help them pack for moving day.
Feelings of overwhelm and stress can often be avoided by reaching out to your circle.
11. Establish Boundaries
An essential part of maintaining good mental health and overall well-being comes down to establishing boundaries. There can be emotional or physical, ensuring that people respect what you’re comfortable with and don’t demand more than you can give.
For instance, a teacher may not share information about their personal life or how a partner might ask for a night to themselves. Boundaries will look different for everyone.
Make Your Life Easier at Home
12. Don’t Let Dishes Pile Up
Have you ever come home from a long day only to remember that you haven’t done dishes for three whole days? The more dishes pile up, the more anxiety-inducing they become.
By making an effort to do your dishes after every meal or once a day, they become much more manageable.
13. Meal Prep for Busy Weeks
If you know you have a busy week ahead of you, try to do some meal prep for lunch and dinner ahead of time.
This way, you won’t resort to eating unhealthy or resent cooking when you want to be relaxing or getting other work done instead.
14. Clean As You Go
If everything has a home, you can easily tidy your stuff up right away. A space will often reflect a mindset, so if you’re busy and stressed, having a messy environment will only add to it.
Make an effort once a day to tidy up by making the bed, picking up dirty laundry, clearing surfaces, and putting items away. Just ten minutes a day goes a long way.
15. Declutter the House
Sometimes, the whole house needs a refresh to help reduce stress and create a more relaxing space.
Dedicate some time to truly go through the whole house and sort items into keep, donate, and trash. This will take time so try to tackle one room at a time.
Set a timeline, such as a month, so you know when to have the whole house decluttered.
16. One In One Out
Once you’ve decluttered, prevent yourself from ever needing to go through it again. The one-in-one-out rule works for every item you bring into the house.
For example, if you buy a new item of clothing, donate an item. If you buy a new book, get rid of a book.
This keeps your house from bursting again down the road and ensures every purchase brought in is purposeful.
17. Make a Budget
Financial stress may be one of the biggest contributors to people feeling the need to make life easier. The first step in getting control of finances and controlling spending is setting a budget and sticking to it.
Make a list of all your expenses and your income and see areas for improvement. Ideally, you’ll have money left over after expenses for paying off debt or contributing to savings.
18. Set an Appointment Day
Just about everyone you ask is putting off making some kind of appointment. Whether it’s your child’s dentist appointment or a visit to the hair salon, set a day to make all the phone calls you’ve been putting off.
In the end, you’ll feel so accomplished and have the next month all planned and ready to go.
19. Set a Money Day
Similar to an appointment day, choose to dedicate a day once a month to look at your finances. Look at your credit card statements, see how well you stuck to your budget, make next month’s budget, move money around for savings, and see what wiggle room you have for some fun.
Making an effort to check in every month keeps you on track and feeling positive as you get closer to your money goals.
20. Simplify Your Wardrobe
Everyone has something in their closet they can get rid of. Clothes take up a lot of space not only physically, but mentally as well.
If every item in your closet goes with everything, it makes it easy to throw together an outfit. Take some time to figure out what clothes you never wear – worn-out clothes, things with the tags still on, and duplicates are an easy place to start!
21. Regular Exercise
When things get busy, our physical health is one of the first things to go. Especially for those who work from home or are stay-at-home parents, you suddenly have to remind yourself to leave the house.
Set time every day or every other day to get the body moving. A simple walk throughout the neighborhood is all you need!
Make Life Easier by Lessening Your Workload
22. Make a To-Do List
Don’t hold everything in your head. Write down all the things you need to get done in a day so that you don’t forget what needs to be taken care of.
This also helps to prioritize tasks and make sure you’re not overcommitting yourself.
23. Learn to Say No
Know your limit and play within it. By saying no to things, you ensure every moment of your time is dedicated to things you care about.
If you say yes all the time, it quickly leads to burnout as you don’t always have the physical and emotional capabilities to get everything done.
24. Limit Social Media
Social media sucks up time like no other. A five-minute check-in can quickly turn into half an hour of mindless scrolling. To limit time, you can delete unwanted, time-sucking, or toxic apps from your phone, or you could try only using your desktop to access social media.
Alternatively, some apps have time limit features you set up yourself to remind you when you’ve been on too long.
25. Develop a Routine
Many of your days will look similar. Start and end the day the same. This helps to create important daily habits like exercise, daily intentions, and self-care.
Overall, this ensures you’re dedicating some time to what matters the most and feeling refreshed before you delve into the day.
26. Ride the Momentum
Some days you’ll have more energy than others. Whenever you find yourself with the momentum to get things done, run with it even if it wasn’t the original plan.
That way, if you have a day where you don’t have the momentum to get things done, it’s okay. Take the time to relax guilt-free.
Declutter more than your house by also going through your inbox. Unsubscribing from emails stops those unnecessary emails from popping up and taking up so much of your time.
It also stops the temptation to impulse buy and add more things to your life you don’t need.
28. Group Errands
Minimize the amount of time you spend driving and being out and about by grouping all your errands into one day.
Getting errands done all at once can tick a whole bunch of items on your to-do list in one go. This not only saves you time but gas money as well.
29. Do Your Least Favorite Tasks First
There are always tasks no one wants to get done.
The longer you avoid them, the more daunting they get. But when you complete a task you’ve been avoiding, it feels so much better than any other task in the day. Get them done early so everything is easy breezy afterward.
30. Don’t Sit Down
When you get home from work, don’t sit down yet. Oftentimes, the second you sit your body shifts from work mode to relaxation.
Instead, get some of the stuff done around the house first such as tidying up, cooking dinner, or exercising before you shift your mindset for the night and settle down.
Final Thoughts to Make Life Easier
I hope some of these ideas prove beneficial for your daily life and bring more ease, relaxation, and joy to the mix.
Which tip do you find the most helpful? Let us know in the comments down below how you plan on making your life easier!