Musings of a Museum Fanatic: 6 Things to Simplify Immediately

9.13.2019

6 Things to Simplify Immediately


With so much easy technology in our lives right now you'd think everything would be so simple. That is so far from how things are for most of us it's not even funny. If anything things have gotten so much more convoluted and complicated.  I know focusing on simplifying is on the top of my list and I'm actively working towards making life less stressed and more simple. Here are 6 things I've found that we can all simplify immediately and have great results.

Clothes

The older I get the more time I try to save myself in the morning. I hate wasting time in the morning standing in front of the closet. You get all stressed out trying to pick out the right top to go with the right pants. Then you realize that the pants are actually too small now and you have to start over.

By purging your closet and buying clothes mindfully you can really simplify this part of your life. I mean really we probably only wear like 1/3 of what we own anyways right? No sense having an entire closet of clothes if we’re just going to wear some of them. I’ve read lots of articles about people like Steve Jobs who have a “uniform” that they wear so they don’t have to waste time figuring out what to wear. I’m just saying the guy started a billion dollar company. I shared in July some other tips that help you get dressed quickly in the morning too.


Email

Slogging through emails is one of the most time consuming, stressful and annoying parts of most peoples’ day. I know it is for me. I have four different email addresses! My original personal one with my maiden name, one I made with my married name, blog one and Pampered Chef one. That’s a little excessive right?

I’ve been actively working to get to the point of deleting my maiden name email address. This has involved unsubscribing to tons of various promotional emails and changing the email in so many places to my married name one. I’ve actually been unsubscribing to emails on all my email addresses. It can definitely be a time consuming task. Sometimes I use Unroll.Me to help it go faster. In the morning I’ll look at maybe two or three emails that came in and ask myself if I’ve actually read these emails the last 4 or 5 times they came through. If not clearly I don’t care about this company anymore so I can unsubscribe.

Social media

This is super tough for me. I’ve caught myself during the day many times lately just hopping from one social media to the other in boredom realizing that I just spent 20 minutes on stupid and non-productive things. I know that this is something that is tough for a lot of us especially if you blog or have a business. You can find yourself on social media all the time promoting those things but think about if you’re actually using your time wisely and getting a return on your investment.

Social media is still something I’m attempting to figure out how to simplify. I know that throughout the years I’ve followed way too many companies, people and brands that I just scroll past and don’t even care about the content they’re posting. So I’ve been working to unfollow those. Other than that I’m still stumped on how to simplify posting and commenting. Are you a master of the simplified social media? I’d love to hear what you do!

Finances

Before Kevin and I started Financial Peace University earlier this spring taking care of our finances seemed like this overwhelming mountain we had to climb. Neither of us are mountain climbers so we weren’t any good at it. We learned that it’s really simple to take control of your finances with budgeting. Now I realize by doing a budget you're not going take care of things like how to allocate your retirement and such but that budget can really simplify a lot.

Since we've been budgeting for several months now we haven't been worrying about if we're spending too much and if we're putting enough into our retirements. We see where our money is going and what it's doing. Granted there are changes throughout the month but overall I've felt so much calmer since we've simplified with our budget. Check out apps like Mint or EveryDollar for easy budgeting tools or you can even set up a budget in Excel.

Calendar

These days it feels like everyone has a jam packed calendar at work and at home. There are two areas of the calendar I want you to focus on. First is making sure that everything you want to put on your schedule gets written down in your calendar. If you’re a paper person make sure to have your calendar with you so you’re able to note or if you’re a digital calendar person take 30 seconds and put it in there immediately. I used to be a paper calendar person but I love the reminders I get when I put things in Google Calendar. There is also something to be said for being able to share calendars as well. It’s great to know what my brother and Bethany are up to if I need to get a hold of them.

While most of us fill our calendars with things we like and enjoy there is plenty on our calendars that annoy and stress us out. Go Mari Kondo on your schedule and ask if it brings you joy. I’m not saying delete that doctor appointment because it doesn’t bring you joy. Does anyone really like going to the doctor? Not really. I’m talking about the dinner invite from that person who don’t even really like hanging out with anymore. Not feeling that book club you started a couple of months ago? These time sucks aren’t worth it so simplify your schedule and get rid of them. In a nice manner of course!


Meal time

I really enjoy cooking. It’s one of my favorite things to do but there are so many times when it comes time to decide on a meal that Kevin and I just don’t want to do it. We can’t believe we have to figure out what to eat again. There is no agreeing on a meal, nothing is thawed and so on. The same goes for my lunches, I’m running around right before I have to leave for work like a chicken with my head cut off figuring it out.

With some planning it makes meal time so much simpler. When we take time to think through our meals for the week it takes away half the stress. I like to at least think through the main part of our meals. Such as Monday we’ll have chicken with rice or we’ll have that frozen pizza we got last week. If you plan out the main parts of the meal you can decide on the veggies and other small parts last minute. This also makes you away of what you need to pull out of the freezer so you’re not running around last minute.

Simplifying lunches is also pretty similar. You can go whole hog and meal prep for the week on Sunday so you just need to grab and go. For those of us who aren’t quite that organized just deciding on what you’ll bring and prepping parts of your lunch can totally change the game. I try to prep my fruit and veggies I bring such as portioning out my baby carrots and cutting up melon.

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