Let's face it, life is insanely busy these days. Between work, taking care of our families, and running countless errands, we really don't seem to have a lot of time left over for the fun stuff. Really, though, the fun stuff is what makes all the other stuff worth doing. Life shouldn't be just about making money, making dinner, and making the house somewhat presentable. When my future grandchildren ask me to tell them about my life, I want to be able to give them the kinds of awesome stories my grandparents gave me, and not just "oh, I spent 12 hours a day on the computer writing so I could pay the rent." In order to get to the fun stuff, though, we have to simplify the more mundane stuff. I'd much rather be spending my time with this cutie than cleaning my house and worrying about errands!
Tips To Simplify Your Life
- Use a planner! I know it sounds trite, and everyone says the same thing, but there's a reason for that. Life is so much simpler when you don't have to waste countless hours reminding yourself t do something. Write it down somewhere logical, check the planner every day, and stop worrying about trying to remember that doctor's appointment or birthday party. As a blogger, I swear by an editorial calender that lets me note down all the posts I need to do. I have stuff scheduled for months from now, and without my calender, I know I'd forget all about it.
- Learn to love the simple pleasures. Aside from writing down everything under the sun, this is my greatest piece of advice. If you can be happy with something as simple as a really great new book or a walk in the park on a sunny day, it's a lot easier to work in small moments of joy. When you're happy, the mundane stuff doesn't seem so bad, and it's easier to get done.
- Take advantage of technology. We've come a long way in a very short time. Our phones do just about anything our computers used to do, and computers do everything that we used to do by hand. Embrace the information age for all it's worth. Use it to note down important info while you're out and about, keep your shopping list on it, and organize your contacts. Even a "below average intelligence" phone like mine can do all of those things. If you have a smart phone, use it for all it's worth!
- Delegate, delegate, delegate. Seriously, if someone else can do the job just as well as you (or even close to just as well), and they're willing to help out, let them! I am a very independent person, mostly because I've had to be these last few years. I'm finally learning that it's okay to let someone help you.
- Just say no. This is another area where I have a really hard time, as I'm pretty much the first person to say "sure, I'm happy to help you!" when it comes to just about anything. Truthfully, I am happy to help my friends as much as possible, but I really have to learn that it's okay for my needs and my work to come first.
- Let "good enough" be good enough. Basically, stop being such a perfectionist. Think about it this way, when the end comes (hopefully many decades from now) would you rather say "My house passed white-glove inspections every day" or "I climbed Mt. Fuji!" Okay, so climbing Mt. Fuji may be a stretch, but you get the point. Let the mundane things go a" 'good enough" and use the rest of the time to really enjoy your life.
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