Cultivating a stress-free and productive lifestyle is one of the most important things to do in a time when work, family, life and other commitments are at an all time high. These days, I have learned to adopt a variety of ways to lead a simpler way of living and it has been completely wonderful. By reducing things had require high time demands, creating time to engage in hobbies, de-cluttering my surroundings and nailing down a weekly routine, a big and positive impact has been made. If you’re looking to create a simpler way of living while still getting everything that needs to be competed done, these five specific tips will lead you in the right direction!
Make time For Hobbies That Help Calm & Slow Your Mind
For me, several hobbies help me relax and take my mind of stressful things which in turn foster a creative and happy mindset. One of the hobbies which provides me with a calming sense is both floral arranging and designing/maintaining my urban size succulent garden that sits right outside my front door. These hobbies (along with several others) help me focus on little details and the lovely fragrance from the flowers instantly boost my mood!
Schedule Your Week Out & Stick To Those Commitments
But leave room for a happy hour or a shopping trip that might come up with your friends! By knowing what your week will look like, you’ll have a clear understanding of what you do and do not have time to do.
Simplify Your Everyday: Email Inbox & Finances
The things that cause the most stress for many people are money and the influx of messages, promotions and junk that flood our email inbox. Getting an understanding on finances is an especially important thing to get down sooner rather than later. To help reduce stress, I have all my bills setup on automatic payment. This allows me to ensure I won’t miss payments and it’s one less chore to take care of!
As for the email inbox, do yourself a favor and use UnRollMe.com as a beginning step for an instant way to unsubscribe from all those promotional emails that may tempt you to online shop. Another great rule I follow to staying on top of all the messages are to delete the junk as I check my inbox and respond to the emails that will only take a few minutes right then and there. This helps me get on with the other parts of my day that need to be taken care of.
De-Clutter Your Surroundings To Located Items Quickly
I’ve shared how to declutter your home, but what about the other spaces that surround you on a day-to-day basis? Take time to clean and clear your desk at work, your vehicle, and even places you might forget like your kitchen cupboard and medicine cabinet. I promise it is truly life changing because a huge weight will be off your shoulders when items are organized and where they should be.
Give Yourself Enough Time To Be On Time
Ok, I have to admit that this is an area I am trying to improve. Being late can cause so much stress depending on what type of obligation you are making your way too. By giving yourself more time to get ready and travel, stress levels will be so much lower. Plus it’s a win-win if you have a few spare minutes to straighten up before you head out the door!
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