Life can be stressful and complicated. Discover how to simplify life with these 10 things to reduce stress and focus on what is important in life. Incorporate them all or just a few and feel more at peace.
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How to Simplify Life in 10 Steps
1. Check your calendar the night before
Some days there may be appointments earlier than usual that may impact when the alarm needs to be set to get up in the morning. There may be certain events that will need extra planning. My grandson takes karate and some days the schedule is tight between school and karate, so his karate outfit needs to be packed in the car to be brought with them so they can go straight there if necessary.
2. Pick out your clothes to wear the night before
If you have kids to get dressed, get their clothes out too. If ironing is necessary, this can also be done the night before. This will save time from running to the dryer in the morning, to see if certain clothes are clean, etc. and start the day off better.
3. Pack your lunch the night before
Salads and plate lunches can usually be prepared prior to the morning. The lettuce can be put in the to go container and many of the toppings can be packed in smaller containers. To keep things fresh, everything can be combined when you are ready to eat.
Packing snacks like almonds or cubed cheese in daily containers or Ziploc bags can also be done. Items like these mentioned can be prepped for the week at one time. This will save time in the long run.
Leftovers can be served up in a container when you are putting them up after dinner. It is easier to fix the plates at this time instead of pulling out the leftovers from the refrigerator in the morning and serving it up.
Have a designated place to put lunches and snacks in the refrigerator and counter, and store accordingly. They will be ready to grab to put in the lunch bag in the morning.
4. Wake up 30 minutes earlier
Use these extra minutes to have quiet time, read devotions, a cup of coffee, etc. It is a great way to start off the day and may be the only time for your self during the day.
5. Have a central location for your everyday items
Keep your purse, keys, phone, school bag, and kid’s school papers in one place. This will save time and reduce stress by always knowing where they are.
6. Add new things as they come up to your calendar
By writing things down immediately, it frees your mind for other things and everything is one place.
7. Do the most important things on your calendar first every day
This is when most are the freshest after a good night sleep.
We’ve all had those days planned perfectly, and things happen that change-up the whole day. By doing the most important things first, this will make the day less stressful since the task may be completed.
8. It is okay to say “no”
This is difficult for some, but it balances your commitments with your time available and keeps your schedule aligned with your purpose and goals for life.
9. Plan to arrive at work, school, and appointments early
This extra time will help with traffic delays and will keep the stress level down.
10. Meal planning
By planning your meals for the week, this will help with grocery shopping to be sure all the ingredients are at home. Identify which meals will be on each night.
When you get home in the evening to cook, no time will be wasted trying to figure out what to cook.
Not only will meal planning help with reducing stress, it will also save time and money. Sound good? Learn more about how to do this with Meal Planning for Beginners – Saves Time and Money.
Just because life can be chaotic at times, does not mean your world needs to be. The dream of living a reduced stress and simplified life is within your reach. Incorporate as many of these as you can to feel the impact. Check your calendar, pack lunches and pick out your clothes the night before, wake up 30 minutes earlier, have a command center, and write things down on the calendar as soon as you’re aware of them. Do the most important things first each day, practice saying “no” to things (it’s okay!), be early to appointments and meal planning will help manage life stress.
Take a deep breath – you got this!