10 Tasks to Simplify Your Life

Posted in Health, Lifestyle
on July 13, 2016

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1| Manage your email

There was a dark time in my life where my email inbox was somewhere in the 1,000s, and I knew I had to take care of it as soon as possible. I took 30 minutes to mass delete and unsubscribe from emails to remove the clutter to my inboxes. I know it doesn’t seem like a big task, but it will make a huge difference when you’re not receiving unwanted emails every day.

2| Delete old contacts from your phone

I’m going to be completely honest when I say I had cellphone numbers from people from middle school. The worst part is that I haven’t talked to them since then. I don’t know how my phone became a mass holder for people who I haven’t talked to in almost 10 years. Needless to say, it was time to clear out my phone of all the unnecessary contacts.

3| Plan your meals for the week

No, I don’t do this every single week because I’m human and sometimes I eat 90-minute rice for dinner. It happens. But I will tell you that I have gotten so much better with planning my lunches and dinners for the week. When I do have time to do this, my week is so much better because I can plan ahead and spend less time thinking about what to make, buying ingredients during the week, etc.

4| Write your to-do list before bed

My work to-do list is done the day before before 5 p.m. My personal to-do list is done before I go to bed Sometimes, I think of last-minute work things, or other small tasks and errands I need to do after work. This helps me sleep easily at night, and I wake up knowing what my day will look like. There’s nothing keep me up at night wondering if I forgot about something, so I’m ready to take on a new day.

5| Keep a donate bag in your home

I started doing this before I moved out because I found that there were so many days where I would get in a “mood” to clean and get rid of things. That way, you have a bag/box already started, so you’ll feel more inclined to keep adding to it throughout the season. In the last five months, I’ve easily donated 10 garbage bags of clothes, books, bags, jewelry, shoes, etc. I find that this always keeps me thinking about removing unnecessary items I don’t love, and it helps me to stay productive with decluttering.

6| Make a routine and stick to it

My routine is simple and straightforward. But there’s nothing worse that taking more than an hour to get ready in the morning because you don’t know how to manage and prioritize your time throughout the day. See where you can cut time from your routine to make your day flow better. It will allow you to have a better, productive day, and you will simplify your daily routine in the process.

7| Rethink how you organize

If your organization is all over the place, you might want to reconsider your methods for organizing your finances, medical information, insurance, etc. Whether you choose a filing cabinet, file folders, or a portable organizer—choose one method, and keep everything in one space for important documents. When you have a mishap of papers everywhere, that’s when things get lost, and you get stressed.

8| Shop intentionally

This can mean anything from clothes shopping, beauty shopping or home shopping. Regardless, ask yourself if it’s something you know you will use. If yes, how often will you use it? Is it worth purchasing; or are you just buying it because it’s on sale or it’s trending on Pinterest? Why do you want to buy it? Ask yourself these questions to learn more about your shopping habits and what prompt you to shop. This will help you down the road to only buy what you need.

9| Make time for yourself

I know you’re asking, “how does this relate to the other suggestions?” Doing the things you truly enjoy is essential for simplifying your life because you don’t wan tot spend your days doing things that don’t bring you joy. My tip: make a list of things you love, and a list of things you actually do every day. If you don’t have any items on there from the “things you love” list, you need to adjust your life by removing the unnecessary things that don’t bring your joy.

10| Eliminate instead of organize

The world of Pinterest does not help my cause on this one. There are so many tutorials and inspiration for organizing just about every area of your home. But if you have so much to organize, you might need to rethink how much stuff you have or need. Instead, take time to go through each room and see what you truly need and what you don’t need. Then, you can organize what you decide to keep.

What tips would you add to this list? Make sure to leave a comment below!

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  • Candy Kage

    Keeping a donation bag or box in my case is a great idea I will be using.

  • Ashley Stephenson

    I just went through and deleted a lot of contacts on my phone and I am so glad I did! Meal planning is something we are working on…But this week I am happy to say I know what we are having dinner for every night and I have all the ingredients already. It is a work in progress!

    • Of course! Everything is a work in progress, which is why I try not to get mad if one night I feel lazy and don’t follow through with cooking like I anticipated. Having my crockpot has been life saving for me!

  • Renee L Stambaugh

    I have been trying to make time for me every day and to find joy in some small way.

    • That’s one of the best things you can give to yourself! Keep giving yourself time to do something you truly love!

  • I have a tendency to flag emails in my inbox that I want to go back to and deleting things I don’t need anymore, but every couple of days, I go through my email inbox and clear it all out. It feels so amazing when i do!

    • Yes! I need to give my email a little update again because I have a few of them, so there’s a little more clutter in one more than another, haha! Thank you for your comment, Katie!

  • I really need to delete contacts! I have no idea why I keep them. I even have some I don’t even remember who they are!

    • That’s exactly where I was with my contacts! I kept saying to myself–why do I have this number? Who is this? haha! Glad to know i wasn’t the only one.

  • thanks for these tips! I definitely need to work on my morning routine. I always feel so rushed .

    • When you don’t rush and give yourself the proper time–you will definitely that your day is better 🙂

  • Making a list is huge for me! I am so much more productive when I have one.

    • Couldn’t agree with you more! My to-do lists are my life savors!

  • Terryn Winfield

    I think this is a great list! I have been decluttering my home this month and emails was a big one for me! I am also really trying to minimize everything in my life right now.

    • We are in the same boat! It feels amazing to remove all the unnecessary things from your life!

  • These are all great tips! I’ve done all of these to simplify my life, and I love it!

    • Thank so much for your comment, Erin! I find that it’s great to take these first steps, then you can always add on new tasks!

  • Yes! Love this list. #1 was essential for me. Once I started reducing the amount of emails I received/removed the account with the most emails from my phone, I felt my stress levels decrease drastically.

    • Yes! There was a time in my life where emails quite literally took over my life because I had so many accounts (one for work, one for blogging, one for “junk,” and one for grad school). It was endless work. Then I condensed my emailing habits and removed some accounts, which helped so much!

  • Love these tips! I have a bag in my trunk of clothes that I need to donate.

    xoxo, Jenny

    • I have a few bags in my trunk that I’ve been putting off donating because I always keep adding more, haha!

  • Wow! This is such a simple, yet powerful list. For me, the biggest thing is cleaning out all of the clutter!!! LOVED this post.

    • Thank you so much for your kind comment, Chelsea! I truly appreciate it! Cleaning out clutter is definitely one of the biggest tips I can’t stress enough. It works wonders for your stress levels when you remove excess clutter.

  • Shani Ogden

    Great tips! I do a lot of these, but sometimes life gets crazy and I have to rededicate myself to doing them. Thanks for the virtual kick in the pants! 😉

    • Haha! No problem, Shani! I feel like we can all relate to life getting busy and we seem to push these off. A little help never hurt! Just remember to start small and then you’ll find yourself loving the process so much that it’ll become second nature!

  • These are all great! I’m all about keeping a bag or box of things to donate! I need to be better about managing my e-mails and deleting my old contacts though!

    • Trust me, getting rid of contacts was quite a long process. But just take it day by day. 🙂 Thanks so much for your comment!

  • To-do lists before bed is CLUTCH. It totally changes the tone of my next day, and I wake up feeling less overwhelmed and more motivated to dive in headfirst!

    Coming Up Roses

    • Exactly! I think I feel that way because I know the value of putting all my thoughts and tasks on one list. It makes sleeping much easier and I wake up the next day ready to get stuff done!

  • This is great. I few of these I already do, but now I have more to try out and add to my list!

    • Let me know what tip you add to your next to-do list 🙂

  • Great tips. I am horribly unorganized re: email and in that 1,000s of emails lying around situation. Time for a clean up for sure!

    • You won’t regret cleaning out your inbox! Now get to it 😉

  • Great list! I had over 3,000 emails in my inbox last month and one night I just went through and deleted things and unsubscribed from things and my email feels so much cleaner now! I agree about just throwing stuff away instead of organizing too… I’ve been trying to get better at that. Thanks for sharing!

    • You’re welcome! I’m happy to hear that you took the time to work on your email inbox! I can’t tell you on much better my life is knowing I’m not bombarded with thousands of emails. Thanks for your comment.

  • I’ve been working on shopping more intentionally lately. I used to buy clothes that I though were cute, but then they’d go to Goodwill with the tags still attached a few months later. I also need to clear out my phone contacts! Great tips!

    • Thank you so much, Emily! I truly appreciate it! I was in the same boat you were in. I’d buy something on sale and not wear it often, and then it would end up in goodwill shortly after. Now I’m saving money and time by shopping intentionally on things I truly love.

  • Joules (Pocketful of Joules)

    When I take the time to plan my meals for the week before going grocery shopping, it totally makes my life easier!!

    • I think we can all relate to that because it does make such a huge difference in how your week goes! It’s a huge part of your daily life that you don’t need to worry about!

  • This is a fabulous list! Emails…well…I have one in-box that’s out of control and I need to keep unsubscribing. And I also believe in getting rid of stuff instead of just organizing it.

    • Sometimes, it’s just easier to get rid of things rather than finding new or better ways to organize them! And make sure you tackle those emails, girl!

  • These are great tips! I always have a donate bag too so I can collect things until I’m ready to make a thrift store run!

    • I currently have two bags in my trunk that I really need to take it, but I haven’t have time for the last two weeks! But yes, keeping a bag or box on hand always helps whenever you get in that mood to clean and get rid of things!

  • I definitely need to do #10…I saw that tip somewhere else too so I think the universe is trying to tell me something:)

    • Just think of it as a message to help you remove any unnecessary items from your life so you can fill it with only things that bring you joy!

  • This are very helpful tips! I need to delete some contacts for starters!

    • Girl, I feel you with the contacts, haha! Thank you so much for your comment!

  • Samantha

    Yes to all of these! I really need to clean out my contacts list on my phone. I’m pretty sure there are people on there I haven’t contacted in many years! And I absolutely love making my to-do list ahead the night before and meal planning. Makes life so much easier!

    • I honestly love the tip for to-do lists because it helps me in SO many ways! I’m happy to hear that also helps you as well! Thank you for your comment, Samantha!

  • I’m about to do number 3 right now! Having the meals planned and prepped ahead for the week takes a huge weight off my shoulders. Thanks for this list!

    • Of course! I’m happy to hear you enjoyed reading it! And yes, when I know what’s to come of the week with meals, it definitely makes the week a little less stressful!

  • kp

    #8 is so hard for me. Sometimes I’m just in the mood for shopping and I buy anything and everything – it’s not good!

    • I promise I can relate to that! But when I realize that I truly don’t “need” that thing I’m looking to buy, it makes a little easier to not buy that item!

  • Yes, yes, yes to all of this! I just wrote a post today about meal prepping for a better week and firmly believe in the power of the to-do list before bed brain dump. Thanks for this!

    • No problem! I’m happy to know you have enjoyed reading and that you do some of these tasks already in your own life 🙂

  • Great list! Speaking of the donate bag.. I really need to drop mine off!

    • For me, half of the battle of having a donation bag is remembering to drop it off, haha!

  • These are great tips, many of which I regularly recommend on my blog. I’m all for simplifying life. Sharing

    • Thank you so much, Wendy! I truly appreciate the share and kind comment!

  • I have to go through my email on my desktop…it’s at 2604 right now…don’t know how it got there as I try my best to delete as I go, haha. It gives me anxiety seeing that red number!

    • I am the same way! I feel like my anxiety kicks in so hard whenever I let things go (like my meal planning, emails, etc.) Thanks so much for your comment, Summer!

  • I’m loving reading all of these kinds of posts! We are moving and downsizing, as well as expecting baby #2, so it’s the perfect time to start simplifying!

    • Thank you so much, Taylor! I’m happy to hear you enjoy reading this post!

  • oh goodness, #10! That’s the kicker for me. I’m a reluctant pack rat (as in, I know I SHOULDN’T keep the things and I don’t have room for them but I just can’t bring myself to throw them away) I have all sorts of systems in place to stop myself from doing it.

    I like shopping intentionally too! Good for the wallet and good for simplification!

    xxox
    Laura @ http://www.cookwineandthinker.com

    • Yes! A lot of these tips help you out financially in the long run, which is also why I’ve been working on simplifying my life. And I know number ten can be difficult for so many people, but it helps A TON during this process!

  • Planning meal plans is something I’ve been trying to do but it seems to always fail. #1 is big for me. My fiance has over 9,000 emails and it drives me absolutely crazy.

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