Make Life Easier with These 10 Simple Tweaks

make life easier

I know it sounds kind of crazy.

There’s no way life can be easier. Your routine is about as good as it gets.

Whenever you realize that there are a few things you have to do you write them down on a scrap piece of paper for later or better yet, just try to remember them.

You continue watching TV or sifting through your email. 

Once you’re finished with that something else on the TV or internet catches your attention and now you’re on to that.

There goes another 45 minutes of your life.

Before you know it the night is over and you’ve completely forgot about that other thing you were supposed to do and the damn piece of scrap paper is lost somewhere.

Whatever, there’s always tomorrow, right? But there might not be.

This routine you’ve got going on, you’ve been doing it for days on end. Now it looks like tomorrow is going to be D-day.

You’ve managed to compile a list of more things to do on top of your typical routine.

Ugh, why does life get so complicated?

You would think that life is like this because that’s the only way. But it’s not, things can be easier but of course some things are going to have to change.

So Now You’re Panicking

You have about a bajillion things to do and about 3 hours to do them in.

How are you going to get it all done? And these are things you have to get done. If you wait anymore it’s just going to make things worse.

They’ll be more work for you. Just more you can’t get done.

When you keep pushing things off until later you end up putting yourself in a stressful situation.

You become overwhelmed with all that you have to do and the little window of time that you’re left with.

If you’re lucky you can actually focus long enough to get some stuff done. Otherwise, you’re mentally left in the fetal position, rocking back and forth in sheer panic.

Trying to do things in huge batches surely isn’t the easy route.

For instance, pushing off little tasks you can do throughout the week, to the weekend doesn’t make for a relaxing day off.

You know how it goes. Things come up at the last minute, making the weight on your shoulders heavier than it really needed to be.

You’re making things complicated for no good reason.

What’s going on here is completely unnecessary.

It’s really no wonder that you’re backlogged on the little things you want to do for yourself. You can’t get everything you need done, let alone anything else.

At this rate your dreams will always remain as wishful thoughts, nothing more.

Living a complicated life is like eating noodle soup with only a spoon.

Sure you’re getting some bits of food with the broth you’re sipping, but you’ve only eaten half of the meal.

A complicated life only allows you to live partially, if at all.

… and in complete chaos.

It’s Time to Start Tweaking

There is a way to simplify the circus that has become your life.  You have to start making tweaks.

Basically little changes here and there to lighten the overall load.

The easiest tweaks, and typically most effective, are the ones made to your everyday life.

You know the things you have to get done, the ones that if you miss regularly the consequences could snowball into something catastrophic.

Making tweaks to your daily habits will leave a huge impact in simplifying your life.

Once you’ve freed up more time and get things done, you’ll have more opportunities to tackle things on your personal agenda, the really important stuff.

1. Tidy up after yourself

If you’re surrounded by cutter, it didn’t just magically appear.

That’s the backlash of you putting things off and letting it pile up. It piled up so much that the walls are closing in on you.

And you’re not trying to clean up that mess anytime soon because it would be such a big job. You’d probably make more of a mess just sorting through it.

You can easily avoid this mess by putting things in its place as soon as you’re done with it.

It’ll only take a few seconds at the moment, instead of hours of your time later.

2. Keep decluttering

Keeping the area around you free and clear is a continuous job. But one we all have to do, and not just the clutter in open spaces.

Make sure your closets and drawers only contain the stuff that you need and actually use.

3. Stay on top of your finances

I know paying your bills isn’t something that you’re running to go do every evening. But you can easily overspend if you don’t watch your money carefully.

Besides, knowing that you’ve got these important responsibilities hanging in limbo can really weigh heavily on your mind.

And let’s face it, you don’t want to be reminded that you forgot to pay the light bill when you’re suddenly sitting in the dark.

4. Keep it half full

While this is a great perspective to have on life, that’s not what I’m talking about now. Think, your car’s gas tank.  

Keeping your gas tank at least half full at all times means never having to make an unplanned detour or getting stuck on the side of the road when you have somewhere to be.

When you have gas in your tank you can top it off whenever you have the free time, not at the worse possible moment.

And, you’ll have a buffer if you’re ever low on cash. You can get around without having to make a beeline to the atm.

5. Create a financial safety net

Life is filled with ups and down. And there will be times when those downs take your wallet along for the ride.

There are going to be times in life when you have to borrow money from yourself. But you can only do that if you have something saved up.

You can avoid what will feel like a catastrophe by creating a little cushion for yourself.

6. Implement a mini cleaning schedule

Waiting to clean up your home on the one designated day of the week means living in filth pretty much every other day. Not to mention, spending an entire day scrubbing.

I love my dog but if I waited until Sunday to clean up the dog hair around the house, my hardwood floors would basically transform into a fur carpet.

Cleaning up a little each night keeps things neat and makes the weekend cleaning easier.

Set aside 15-30 minutes each night to dust, sweep or wipe down your household items.

7. File the important things

Having a file system is much less stressful and easier than leaving papers laying around, only to lose them later.

Set up a filing system for the documents that you need to keep or refer back to.

Don’t just collect a stack of papers in one place. You can use a portable file drawer or store them on your computer for safe keeping.

8. Cut down on the tube

You probably spend a lot of time watching TV shows you could care less about.

Instead of continuing to watch a show you’re barely paying attention to, turn the TV off.

If you don’t find out what happens next it won’t be the end of the world. You know you don’t care. You’ll probably just forget about it anyway.

Use the free time to do something you enjoy or something else that means something to you.

In other words, do something more beneficial.

9. Prep for the next day

Instead of carrying on the age old tradition of running around your home in the morning like chicken that just got its head chopped off, get yourself together.

Check the weather and figure out what you’re going to wear tomorrow, tonight.

Gather all the things you’ll need for the next day, letters you have to drop in the mail or things you have to return to the store, and put them someplace where you’ll remember them.

10. Unplug

While your cellphone has evolved into much more than just a phone that doesn’t mean you have to spend every waking moment on it.

Detach yourself from your electronic Siamese twin by putting down the phone for at least an hour.

Between this hour and the one you’ll save shaving a TV show off of your routine, you’ll have up to two hours of free time to do whatever else you’d like.

Life Can Be Easier

Don’t be fooled into thinking that enduring constant stress from your responsibilities is the only way to live. It’s not!

There’s no reason to be overwhelmed when you should be relaxing. It makes no sense to put things off until later when you are completely capable of doing them now.

You should be crossing things off of your to-do list, not making it a mile longer by the minute.

Simplifying your life increases your happiness and creates more time for your goals than you could’ve ever imagined.

Making life easier is as simple as doing a few things differently each day.

It’s literally that simple.

 

Tell me…

What’s the most complicated part of your life?

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  • Woohoo! Fabulous post, Lea!

    I love ALL of these tips. Ha. πŸ™‚ It really is about making little tweaks to make your life easier!

    Decluttering has been huge for me. I always recommend the book, The Life-changing Magic of Tidying up! It really helped me get ahold of all of the junk and chaos in my house. I feel lighter and freer. Now, it’s just a matter of putting things away like you said!

    Also, I love the idea of prepping for you next day! I try to do that as much as possible. I also prep for the next week each Friday and/or Sunday. I plan my next week out in my planner and plan and shop for my meals.

    Thanks for the helpful reminders! Much appreciated.

    • Lea

      Lol, Thanks so much Jennifer!!

      Yeah, I like to do it little by little myself so I know what works and what doesn’t. When you make too many changes at once it all gets blurry as far as improvement.

      That book sounds interesting. Thanks for sharing. For the most part I have it under control, just every once in a while things start to pile up again.

      I get soooo much done with that! No more wasted time the next day trying to figure out where to start. That’s a good plan, I might try that too with more things. I do plan at least a week in advance with meals, as you do. I’ve moved to as much as a month with the calendar aspect of the Paprika app on my iPad, love it, stores recipes too! I noticed I stopped by crap at the grocery store doing things this way lol.

      Thanks for your feedback and again for sharing great info! Always great having you here πŸ™‚

      ~Lea

  • Hey Lea,

    Wonderful tips I must say. I like the petrol tank one. Keeping it half full. Great idea.

    As to your question – whats the most complicated thing in my life. Stop from becoming overwhelmed. I have it down pat my routine, there is nothing to complain about, its flexible enough for me to work hard until something comes up and might distract me. Everything is going to plan. I do like you say, tweak things not to meet my deadlines they are solid, to make my life easier, to learn.

    I loved what you wrote about TV. You will not spend the rest of your life wondering what happened in your program, so turn that dam box off. I say it with the most urgency. I don’t know how many years I spent my life around making sure I heard the news, and saw what I referred to as MY programs. Preferring to eat my way through the evening while watching TV as I was bored.

    Not anymore. I plan for everything, even my relaxation because it keeps me productive. In fact one could say that I have never been happier with me and my routine. But five years ago Lea, each and every one of your valuable points would have been things I read but ignored because I did not want to know.

    I guess I’m making up for lost time. Thanks for a great post Lea.

    Rachel.

    • Lea

      Hey Rachel,

      Personally, it saves me a lot of time and hows me to tend to it at my leisure.

      Lol, exactly. No one needs TV that much. I with you, I used to waste so much time on TV. I even scheduled my life around certain programs. It was ridiculous.

      Very good, we should all make sure that there is time to rest so we can stay in top form.

      I understand, you have to be ready to take in the info and make the change, otherwise it’s in one ear and out the other. Glad you have opened your horizons.

      You’re not alone, we all are πŸ™‚ Thanks for sharing Rachel.

      ~Lea

  • Hi Lea,

    I gave up cable last year – and I don’t miss it. I can think back to having spent hours at a time in front of the TV – filling my mind with useless stuff.

    I know there are some entertaining shows out there, and I may catch them at some point – but all in all, I’d prefer to work on my projects or get into something inspirational.

    I also find that tidying up helps. Clutter makes my head hurt, and even though things can pile up (like a LOT of little notes to remind me of things I want to write about, etc), once things get messy, they’ve gotta go.

    Great tips. Small tweaks can make a big impact.

    • Lea

      Hi Dana,

      I knew it! lol Isn’t it crazy?! At the time you think it’s a great use of time and entertainment but it gets to be too much.

      That’s exactly how I feel. When I have free time I’d rather get something I want done than watch TV.

      I used to write little notes on random pieces of paper. Later it became hard to find and annoying when what I could find was scattered all over. Now I have a little notepad especially for that.

      They sure can. Thanks so much Dana.

      ~Lea

  • Hi Lea,

    That moment when you forget to pay the electric bill and all the lights shut off.

    The last thing you want to do is tell your family you forgot to pay it.

    So you go into the basement with your flashlight checking the fuses knowing they are fine.

    I’m not saying this is my experience it just sounds like it might happen like that. :D:

    These tweaks surly would make life easier.

    Moderation and balance has been the keys for me. I give myself a certain amount of time for blogging and social media.

    Like Adrienna I walk the dog and it free my mind. I make sure I find ways to relax.

    We haven’t gotten the financial safety net we would like but we are spending wisely.

    Have a blessed day,
    Vernon

    • Lea

      Hi Vernon,

      Nice to see you again.

      Yeah, lol, it’s kind of hard to admit your faults especially when they’re important things like having lights.

      You’re chosen great words, moderation and balance. I’ve found that those tend to be the key in getting things done and not going overboard.

      I have to relax too. It’s basically the only way I stay sane and keep momentum.

      Enjoy the day, and Happy Valentine’s!

      ~Lea

  • Hey Lea,

    Well I kind of like my routine but as I’ve mentioned to you before, I’m very organized.

    Now I am on the computer all day long but I take a lot of breaks because my dog needs to relieve herself. Great excuse for me to get away from my desk, get some fresh air, walk around for a bit and we do this at least 4 times a day. Sometimes 5 depending on how early we started.

    I actually watch TV late at night because it’s how I unwind. Of course I don’t watch it for hours and hours but I just need to shut my mind off from my work or I’ll go to bed thinking about things and never get to sleep.

    I clean house usually just once a month but I have a small home so it’s not like it takes a lot of time to clean. I’m sure some people would say that’s not enough but I live alone, people rarely visit and it really just doesn’t get that dirty.

    I think I honesty have a pretty simple life and I’m very comfortable in it but your tips are awesome as always. I definitely know some people this would apply to. I’ll be sure to pass it on.

    ~Adrrienne

    • Lea

      Hey Adrienne,

      I know what you mean. My dog has me outside getting some fresh air at least twice a day.

      I tend to do that was well. But having it on for less than 2 hrs a night is a dramatic difference compared to how much my TV used to be on. I like the comedic relief at the end of the day. And I totally understand the need to disconnect from work to rest.

      Lucky you. I think your cleaning schedule should be reflective of the need so you’re alright with me. My house isn’t really messy either but I definitely have to sweep a few times a week due to my dog, especially when he’s shedding his coat.

      Thanks so much Adrienne, you’re a doll!

      ~Lea

  • Stella Chiu

    Hi, Lea

    like the tips. Small tweaks win over the huge steps.

    Because I ,like you, sit in front of computer all day so that I will take 5 to 10 min break each hour. during that break time, I do some de-cluttering around the area. It sure make a big difference.

    As far as TV, I haven’t looked at any program for almost four years. All the news mostly are sad ones and repeat the same news again and gain. After a while, they really affected my emotion.

    Thanks for sharing!
    Happy Valentine!

    Stella Chiu

    • Lea

      Hi Stella,

      They sure do. The biggest things start with small, simple steps.

      Tell me about it. While I was working one day, I took a break to tidy up and it made all the difference. I was so proud of myself and things were just clearly in a number of ways at my desk. It was really great, as crazy as that sounds.

      Wow, that’s impressive. TV is everywhere now, even online, its wonderful that you’ve been able to do without it for so long. I agree, I tend not to watch the news due to the kind of content that is primarily broadcasted. I felt like it made me overly cynical. Nice to here I wasn’t the only one impacted by it in that way.

      Thank you for contributing to the conversation, always great talking to you.

      ~Lea

  • Hi Lea,

    Your tips are so useful. I find myself tweaking because I work from home. I have to laugh about cleaning because it just took me three days to clean my bathroom. One day the bathtub, the next the floor and so on. Hey what’s a gal to do? I used to get it done in one day but hey…I’m cool with it now.

    Unplug by all means. I have a pretty stained glass holder for my phone and that is where it stays. It’s in the dining room in the center of my home. If I’m on my computer, they will just have to leave a message because I’m not a slave to my phone.

    Loving your tips!

    -Donna

    • Lea

      Hi Donna,

      Thanks πŸ™‚ I mostly work from home also so I’m always looking for ways to be more effecient with the time. You sound like me when it comes to cleaning my whole house. I dust one day, clean the bathroom another and sweep and clean the kitchen a little each day. I actually like it better than jamming everything into one day, although it kind of feels longer.

      I love that you said that! I’m not a slave to my phone either and I love things that way. When I tell people that I can move about my house without it attached to my hand they look at me like I’m strange. Nice to hear I’m not alone.

      Loving your feedback. I love it when you share your thoughts, and it’s great to know we have some things in common.

      ~Lea

  • Mark Newsome

    Ten positively fabulous tips for sure Lea!
    And I love your various insights and tid bits along the way as well!

    For ex; in tip # five, about creating a (much needed) safety net of some kind, you
    advise us, life as it’s ups & downs and during some of life’s
    downturns, our wallets will be taken along with it!

    That advice is priceless!LOL! Thanks for offering ten proven
    tips, for helping us keep on keeping on!

    • Lea

      Thanks so much.

      You are not kidding Mark! lol As you get older it seems like every time there’s a dip your wallet takes a hit too.

      Thanks again Mark, always great hearing from you.

      ~Lea

  • Thanks for the or the tips Lea. I have to confess that I’m surrounded by clutter, but a lot of that is because I have to wait for someone else (a client) to finish something before I can finish my part.

    I don’t like tidying up πŸ™‚ So I set aside a little time during a daily radio program i like to listen to (but is a treat rather than productive) and I do the tidying up while listening to the program.

    Works for me πŸ™‚ Joy

    • Lea

      You’re so welcome Joy. Clutter makes me a bit anxious and distracted so I try to keep things tidy. It doesn’t always work out that way but I’m a work in progress also.

      That’s a good way to get it done. I sometimes have the TV on for background noise so I’m somewhat entertained as I do it.

      Glad to hear πŸ™‚

      ~Lea

  • These are great tips Lea. It really all comes down to exercising our willpower muscles, and the good thing is they grow over time with continued use. I’m a big fan of your tip about pulling back on TV time. In fact I stopped watching TV all together 2 years ago and it’s really amazing how much time that frees up!

    • Lea

      Thanks Marquita. They sure do! And I think that’s the best part because it just get easier with time.

      Omg, that’s amazing! I definitely watch less TV than before but I haven’t thought about cutting it out completely. Although if I did I doubt I’d miss it much based on what I’ve cut out already. It is really great how much time it frees up, talk about having more hours in the day πŸ™‚

      ~Lea

  • Hi Lea
    Very refreshing and energizing post and I got a lot of optimism from its many points especially the last one “unplug” that I follow most of the time.
    Actually it we us who make our life easier or harder by not spending it as the way we should do. By deferring chores we can never get rid of them while by worrying on problems we can never solve them.
    The only way to live happily and enjoy our life is to do something for something better.
    Many thanks for sharing this wonderful post
    Have a great rest of the week.

    • Lea

      Hi Mi,

      Unpluging is great. I do it more and more and it’s like a release.

      Life is crazy and can throw a bunch of things at you but it’s all about how you handle it. Approaching it the right way makes it easier.

      Thanks for sharing your thoughts. Enjoy the rest of the week.

      ~Lea