How To Simplify Your Day
Recently, I decided it was time to simplify my day…
Do you ever notice your to-do list taking on a life of its own? Growing by leap and bounds, to the point of leaving you feeling both stressed and distracted?
It can be really challenging to be happy and healthy when you´re feeling stressed and that´s why I´ve started putting these strategies in place to help me simplify my busy days.
Today I´m going to share a few easy rules you can use, too, to help simplify your day and lessen any stress that´s got you feeling down.
And since change can be more easily implemented as a step by step process, here are my suggestions for you
…for best results, take some time to put each of these techniques into action; choose one, practice it and then move on to the next. There´s no need to rush or add to any sense of overwhelm by trying to do them all at once.
Step 1: Consider What’s Most Important
Simplifying anything always starts with determining what is most important and figuring out how to eliminate the rest.
- What are the 4 or 5 most important things in your life? Make a list.
- Now, think about your activities, tasks, and commitments that are congruent with your list.
- Start eliminating the items that fail to support your priorities.
Step 2: Know What Your Perfect Day Looks Like
It’s hard to achieve something if you’re lacking a target. So, visualize your perfect day. Everyone’s perfect day is different, but try to understand what yours looks like.
Step 3: It’s Okay To Say “No”
When faced with opportunities to add activities to your life, consider your priorities list. If a new activity doesn’t fit with your list, just say “no.”
- If you’re afraid you might disappoint others by turning down their request, remember that when you do too much, the quality of your contribution is minimized. You’re letting yourself and your family down more when you take on too much.
Step 4: Prioritize Your Tasks
Before you go to bed each night, make a list of the three top things you want to accomplish the next day. Make a second list of things you’d like to accomplish, but they aren’t critical.
- Avoid doing items on the second list until the first list is complete.
Step 5: Schedule Time To Do The Most Important Items
If it’s important to complete a certain task, decide exactly when to do it. These appointments should be bordering on sacred. Nothing should get in the way. Turn off your phone and stay off the internet!
Step 6: Slow Down
Going a little slower won’t decrease the amount you accomplish. Rushing is just wallowing in nervous energy that makes you tired, less effective, and prone to mistakes. Smile and breathe. Everything is easier if you simply slow down.
Step 7: Try Single-tasking
Multi-tasking has been shown to be a less efficient way to work. Focus on one task at a time. Complete it and then move on.
- This is a great opportunity to hone your ability to focus.
Step 8: Batch The Smaller Tasks
When possible, have time scheduled to do all of your phone calls at once. The same goes for dealing with e-mails or any other similar task. These are great to do at the end of the day when your energy is low.
Step 9: Leave Some Space In-between
It sounds counter intuitive, but you can get more done if you take a short break between tasks. Have a drink of water and move around a little bit. Breaks are important. Relax.
- It’s not necessary to cram one task right on top of another.
Taking steps to simplify your day can feel almost magical. By focusing on the most important items each day, you eliminate a lot of clutter in your life and your mind. You’ll feel much more peaceful and get more of the important tasks accomplished. Get started today and your days will become more simple and more enjoyable.