Did you know that the first week of August is National Simplify Your Life Week? Late-summer simplifying is a great way to keep the clutter to a minimum going into fall. But simplifying your life isn’t just about removing the physical clutter; it is also about reducing mental clutter and the attendant stress it creates. August is the perfect time to set an intention to eliminate the time-wasting distractions that keep us from truly enjoying life. While researching this feature we found hundreds of specific “how-to simplify lists” online*—but the task of wading through these lists can itself be a stressful waste of time! Since we are all distracted in different ways we offer a short list of 5 big-picture suggestions to get you thinking about what will work best for you. Don’t let the rest of the summer slip away without simply stopping to smell the roses.
- Just say “No!”
You might be someone who is always willing to help others out– and that’s a great thing! Your family and friends are very important to you; it is easy to overextend yourself trying to be helpful. Akin to putting on your air mask while flying, sometimes you need to help yourself out first. Say no, but offer to help on a day when you have more time.
- Limit what you allow into your life
Our time in life is limited, but we treat it like we will always have another tomorrow, saying “I’ll take that class one day,” or “I’ll start on it tomorrow.” Don’t waste too much of your valuable time watching anything that you don’t really enjoy or mindlessly scrolling through social media… you’ll never miss them.
- Keep a “To Do” list
You’ll experience less stress, safe in the knowledge that you haven’t forgotten anything important. More than this, if you prioritize intelligently, you’ll focus your time and energy on high value activities.
- A little prep work goes a long way
Starting your day in a rush automatically increases your stress, which affects your entire day. While some may look at habits like laying out clothes out for the next day or developing a weekly meal plan as constricting or mechanical, remember that developing a habit is almost like a meditation. It’s fine to leave room for spontaneity, in fact you might even be more willing to partake than if you had started your day with a stressful morning.
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*Our favorite long-list was found at: https://zenhabits.net/simple-living-manifesto-72-ideas-to-simplify-your-life/
Some content: http://www.ideal-living.com/national-simplify-life-week/
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