LIVE A SIMPLER LIFE
Need a bit of a pep talk? Life is getting a little out of control? We have all been there, having your ah-ha moment is the first step to getting back on track. Getting back to basics, culling those habits that need vanquishing and cultivating those that need a little kick start is your next step.
Simplification my friends. It sounds simple, but watch out, simplicity can be quite the trickster!
One of the first items on my list when I am determined to declutter my life and mind is to take on the digital world - yep, online cleanse! For although all things digital can seem like they are making our lives easier (helllooooo online shopping!) it can quite quickly become overwhelming and clutter our heads and home environment. So let the cleanse begin...
I have a particular love of the Minimalists, Maria Kondo and her Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up. If you are like me and have an unfortunate habit of collecting large amounts of dust trapping, knickknacks, magazines and those documents and booklets that you just may need one day. Then I suggest you look to the experts for support! Removing the clutter from your environment is a huge detox. It includes all cupboards, draws and small spaces that act as black holes for these unnecessary items. It is incredible the freeing effect this can have. Stick to a rule and be ruthless - if you haven't touched it for the last 12 months, do you really need it?
Buying better is a brilliant segue from your newly cleansed environment. Instead of loading up at all of the new year sales, stop and ask yourself if you are consciously buying. Buying better quality items that will last you longer will reduce your spend later. Learn to buy things that you love and that you will use versus those cupboard stuffers and clothes that you never get around to cutting the tags off. By completing step one, you can start to asses what you have, what you need and want you want. Then, create a plan. For things that you want (or thinking of replacing) if you can do without them for two weeks, do you really need it?
SHRINK YOUR SCHEDULE.
Us humans are pretty efficient at "being" busy. In fact, we are often so busy that we don't have time to think about what we are busy doing. Hitting the new year is a great time to look at a Time Budget.
Simply working over the space of a week where your time is going, then follow these steps:
1: Determine what are the most important things to you that give happiness and satisfaction to your life.
2: Schedule these things into your diary and your other to-do's can fit around them
3: Learn to say no!
DIGITAL DEVICE DETOX
When you wake up, what is the first thing that you do? If its checking your social media then I suggest an intervention! Do you even know how much time you are flittering away scrolling your social media feeds? Even worse, think about what that means for your ability to be present and spending quality time with the people you love! We are all guilty of it, the first step is becoming aware of how much of a hold social media has over your life. Next time you go to whip out your phone - stop and think about whether you need that sneaky peak!
Do you pride yourself on multi tasking skills? Think again. You may not be quite as clever as you think. In fact, because you are trying to achieve so many things, your are actually wasting your time. More importantly, because you are not present in any one thing that you are doing, you are thinking of ways to make it better or problem solve. So, repeat after me, I will tackle things one at a time....!
How will you simplify your life?