Inside: Feeling like life is chaotic or stressful? Use these easy ways to simplify your life this week.
Sometimes, life can get overwhelming.
You’ve got work. Appointments. Friends and family. Personal obligations. And then there’s all of the little stuff – everything you need to do to keep yourself healthy, focused, and organized.
It adds up fast.
And it can lead to feelings of overwhelm and frustration if you aren’t careful.
Fortunately, there are steps you can take to simplify your life this week to make things feel more manageable.
I’m excited to share some simple ways that you can save time, effort, and energy and ultimately give yourself more space to breathe and relax – things you can do now to make an immediate impact.
Simplify Your Life This Week: 7 Easy Things to Try
Ready to make your week a little bit easier? Try to simplify your life by incorporating these tips, tricks, and practices into your routine.
These are easy things you can try that have the potential to make a big difference – and whether you try one or embrace several of these actions, you’ll be able to breathe just a little bit easier.
1. Plan it out.
One of the biggest reasons our weeks can feel overwhelming? Not having a plan.
Thinking abstractly about all of the stuff you need to accomplish can feel like a lot. But if you sit down, write it out, and carve out dedicated time throughout your week to intentionally tackle everything on your to-do list, you’ll realize you can likely accomplish it all with time to spare.
Start by writing down all of your time-bound commitments – deadlines you need to meet, appointments you need to keep. Then, fill in the blanks with other priorities.
You can plan virtually anything – exercise, meal prep, cleaning up, catching up on emails, or calling a friend. You can even plan time in your day to do nothing at all – to simply relax.
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2. Prep your meals in advance.
How much time do you spend each week cooking for yourself and your family?
Chances are, it’s more than you’d like.
While making home-cooked meals can be an incredibly rewarding – and delicious – task, it can also be pretty time-consuming. And considering the fact that you need to eat every single day, it adds up fast.
But there’s an easier way – meal prepping.
Instead of spending an hour or more each day in the kitchen cooking breakfast, lunch, and dinner, dedicate some time at the start of each week to prepare your meals for the next few days. Chop those veggies, marinate those meats, cook a big batch of rice – whatever you need to set yourself up for success.
There are endless books and websites that can show you how to master the art of meal prepping and even set you up with a specific plan to follow. I’ve been enjoying Cook Once Eat All Week, but there are lots of options out there depending on your diet and lifestyle.
By prepping meals in advance, you’re easily able to simplify your life each week and save yourself valuable time that can be spent on other tasks.
3. Step back from social media.
If you’re active on social media, you know just how much of an all-consuming activity it can be. Between connecting with friends and trying not to miss any important posts, it can be a lot.
And it can get exhausting fast. Not to mention, it can stir up all kinds of other feelings – anxiety, the fear of missing out, jealousy, and all kinds of other not-so-pleasant things.
If you’re looking to simplify your life, be more intentional with social media. Consider taking a break – or cutting it way back. It can make a massive difference.
Not only will you be shocked to see how much extra time you have when you aren’t endlessly scrolling through your feeds, you’ll feel better because of it.
4. Click that “unsubscribe” button.
One quick and easy way to simplify your life involves eliminating some clutter – but not the kind you might be thinking about.
Instead of focusing on physical clutter, think about your digital clutter.
Chances are, you’ve got an email inbox filled with emails from mailing lists you don’t want to be a part of, and you’re probably paying for subscription services that you don’t actually use.
Take a few minutes and spend some time unsubscribing from the things you don’t actually need.
It’s a quick and easy way to simplify your life without expending a ton of energy – and you’ll benefit in the days and weeks to come. Not only will it save you time, but it can also save you money.
5. Find some clutter to donate.
Decluttering can be a time-consuming, all-encompassing process. If you’re looking for an easy way to simplify your life this week, tackling your whole house from top to bottom probably isn’t it.
But you can make some progress! By starting small and setting a simple goal for yourself, you’ll clear out some clutter and feel a sense of accomplishment.
Your goal? One bag or box of clutter. That’s all. That clutter can come from your kitchen pantry, your dresser, the linen closet, the garage – it doesn’t really matter.
And it shouldn’t take long. Look for easy decluttering tasks that take about ten minutes, but will still have a big impact.
You aren’t trying to totally overhaul and redesign your space, after all. You’re literally just finding things that no longer serve you that you can get rid of.
Once you’re done? Plan a trip to your local donation center to get that stuff out of your house. Simplifying your home is a great way to simplify your life.
6. Plan your outfits and streamline your wardrobe.
Do you spend too much time each day trying to decide what to wear? It can be a difficult decision – but it doesn’t have to be.
By ruthlessly decluttering your wardrobe and cutting back to fewer items that mix and match well, you can make the process easy – almost effortless.
Creating your own version of a capsule wardrobe is an excellent way to do this.
To build your own simplified wardrobe, start by evaluating the clothes you already own. What do you wear most often? Which pieces are the most versatile?
You don’t have to declutter all of your clothes at once. Focus on one category at a time. Then donate anything you don’t love or wouldn’t wear again. This process may take you more than a week but the effort put in will pay off for the months and years to come.
By embracing things that work well together, virtually anything in your closet can be paired to create an outfit, and you can get dressed for your day without spending time and energy trying to figure out what to wear.
7. Practice setting boundaries and saying “no.”
Many of us feel overwhelmed because we overload ourselves. We commit to too much, and we stretch ourselves thin trying to make everyone in our lives happy.
Maybe it’s a friend or family member asking for a favor. Maybe it’s your job asking if you can pull an extra shift or help out with an additional project.
Now is a great time to declutter your schedule. By setting boundaries, pushing back, and saying “no,” you can simplify your week this week – and set yourself up for success.
It sounds easy in theory – but admittedly can be harder in practice, especially if you’re someone who likes to please others. But it’s important to consider your own needs and acknowledge your own limits. And remember that anything you say yes to is saying no to something else.
How will you simplify your week this week? Leave a comment and let me know!
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