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.
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.
What’s the most complicated part of your life?