8 Can Do Ways to Simplify Your LIfe

Life is a great big canvas, and you should throw all the paint on it you can. ~Danny Kaye Most of us, from time to time suffer some ... thumbnail 1 summary

Life is a great big canvas, and you should throw all the paint on it you can. ~Danny Kaye

Most of us, from time to time suffer some guilt, of spending too much time on work and work and work. More often than not, I find myself functioning like an automaton. I work , I work then I go to bed, then work again the second I get up from bed. I'm not saying we shouldn't value work but them there are times we have to take a breather and enjoy life! I actually found that during these breaks I find a lot of inspirations getting me to "color my life" more..

First things first, if we want to spend sometime for ourselves, then we have to simplify our life and get organized. Being organized saves a lot of time! I've compared the time when I didn't organize my time and work and the times when I actually organized things at home and at work, well the reward is that I get to spend time watching cartoons with my daughter or serving home-cooked meals for my family..

Here's some tips I picked up online. I think this would be a great help for busy mom's like me. :)

  1. Choose 10 meals. If you don't like having to come up with a different meal idea for each night of the week, why not come up with 10 standard ones you just rotate? Put the work upfront into thinking through a variety of meals. (day 1: chicken; day 2: fish; day 3: pasta and so on..) You can change it every 2 weeks or so..
  2. Sign up for automatic payment. More and more companies these days are allowing you to automatically debit your bill payments from your checking account. No more worrying about making out a check and having to drop it in the mail or going to the bank to make payments
  3. Use what you have. If you have a crafty hobby, chances are you have crafty supplies piled high in your closet. Make it a point to put a halt on buying yet more supplies, and instead use up those you already have. This applies to hobbies such as quilting, scrapbooking, card making, knitting and more.
  4. Focus on an area each day. Rather than worrying about everything you'd like to organize and/or clean in your home or office, choose just one area each day and focus on it for a minimum of 15 minutes, and a maximum of one hour. This will help ensure you don't feel overwhelmed and will also give you a rewarding feeling that you worked on something that has been on your mind.
  5. Take three. Take a look at your to-do list and choose three tasks to work on today. Try to choose at least one A Priority, one B Priority, and you can toss in another A, B or C Priority as your third choice. Don't work on anything else on your list until you've completed all three of these.
  6. Avoid unnecessary overload. Wash the dishes as you're done eating, go through your mail on a daily basis, empty your email inbox each night, fold clothes as soon as the clothes dry out — in other words, if you don't delay on most tasks, they will never get out of hand.
  7. Take off your shoes. If you want to spend less time sweeping or vacuuming don't wear your outside shoes inside your house. Of course, this applies to anyone else in your house and visitors. Less dirt and dust will be tracked in, which means less cleaning is necessary.
  8. Kick back. Everyone needs time to simply kick back and do something relaxing, even if it's for only 30 minutes each day — and I wholeheartedly recommend an hour whenever possible. Schedule this time on your calendar. You are the only person who can control how your time is spent.

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