In this day and age, society dwells in a fast-paced environment. It seems as if 24 hours in a day are not enough. We have so many things to do, so many places to go, and so many people to meet that we can barely keep up. We’ve come to believe that we are super humans. We choose tasks that overcome our capabilities, and often miss opportunities because we are overwhelmed by our daily routines. We end up loosing sight of who we are and what we really need. Unfortunately, when this happens we tend to experience serious burnout and forget to enjoy the simple things in life that bring us serenity.
National ‘Simplify Your Life’ Week is always held on the first week of August each year. It is an opportunity to step away from our hectic routines and see how we can become more organized and ultimately, live a more simplistic and stress-free life.
If you don’t know where to begin then you’re in luck because below we’ve included some simple tips for a more organized life. Leave daily tensions and anxieties behind, and take a chance to enjoy life without sacrificing productivity.
1. Don’t skip breakfast
Yes, we understand you are really busy, especially when you are rushing in the morning because you probably slept through the alarm, but that is not why you should be skipping the most important meal of the day. When you eat breakfast you are fueling your body. Your brain and your nervous system run on glucose. If we don’t nourish our body, our brain will be forced to work without any power. This is why we experience fatigue. According to BBC News, eating breakfast every morning is the secret to staying healthy and focused thinking. Breakfast improves concentration, mental performance, memory, and mood (even if you don’t consider yourself a morning person). Plus, you don’t need to have a complicated gourmet dish for breakfast. A simple protein smoothie or a bowl of oatmeal will get your brain ready to keep up with an active lifestyle. Here are some easy, and healthy breakfast alternatives.
2. Learn to say NO
Why is a 2-letter word so difficult to get past your lips sometimes? It is especially hard to say when you want to keep everyone happy. We tend to take on more than we can handle. Doing favors, participating on different committees, volunteering at events, agreeing to more projects, etc… Yes, they might all bring potential benefits to your life, but at times it is OK to step away and take sometime for yourself. Go ahead, go on that get-away trip you’ve always thought about taking, but have never found the time for. It’s ok, we understand you are human, not a super hero.
3. Organize your email
According to a study done by McKinsey&Company, we spend an average of 28 hours a week on emails. That’s 16% of our total week. What if we could reduce time spent on email and allocate it to doing other things that could make us more productive? Well, we can. Email tends to bring unnecessary clutter to our mobile and our desktop inboxes, and often needs plenty of our attention followed by a response. Clear up the clutter by deleting old emails you won’t need in the future. Expired retail offers, greetings from an old colleague, and old subscription newsletters are probably a good way to start. Create a follow up folder that contains emails that require more than 3 minutes to answer. For all other emails, respond as soon as you finish reading them. In your inbox, file only the emails which you’ll need to refer back to in the future. Set up auto filters to reduce the time that you spent putting emails into folders. Time yourself to see how much time you spend every day going through your inbox, and work to reduce that time each day.
Wake up each day 30 or 45 minutes before your alarm clock usually goes off. Being up and ready to go before your usual schedule will keep you from being in the rush and forgetting to do things you shouldn’t be forgetting. Waking up early comes with a number of benefits that will not only affect your productivity, but also positively influence your daily routine and habits. Christoph Randler, a distinguished professor at the University of Education at Heidleberg, believes there is a strong correlation between morning productivity and success. You can read more about his research findings here.
5. Focus on what’s important
Because we are overwhelmed by the number of things we hope to accomplish, we lose sight of what is really important. Our mental to-do list is never ending and we don’t know where to begin. When this happens, anxiety and stress are sure to settle into your mind and body. Be sure to set priorities, take a step back, and analyze what requires your immediate attention, what you can delegate, and what can be accomplished by automation. Once you set priorities, write a to-do list and check off things as they are completed. This will help you stay on top of things and avoid forgetting to do things that require immediate attention. Sometimes we have to be realistic and objective when setting priorities. Other times, it’s our ego taking up more than we need. It’s OK to delegate stuff and ask for help. If there is no one to assist you, then you might want to consider hiring someone!
Don’t get caught up in the hassles of a busy life. Simplify your daily routine and accomplish more!
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