Reduce Screen Time.
The average person watches TV over 35 hours per week! Imagine the more productive tasks you could accomplish each week, just by cutting this time in half. However, TV isn’t the only culprit here; statistics show, the average person spends 35 hours per week on social media, as well! Put these two together and that’s 70 hours of screen time per week that could’ve been put towards crossing things off your to-do list, spending time with loved ones, or even just stepping out to enjoy the world around you! Spending too much time on social media can have detrimental effects on one’s thoughts, causing them to frequently compare themselves to others. Instead of logging onto Facebook to see what that girl from high school, who you haven’t spoken to in years, is doing with her summer, or keeping up with all of today’s celebrities, we should try to shift our focus to our own personal relationships. One simple way to reduce your social media time is to create a time block in order to prevent yourself from accessing your accounts at certain times of the day. If you find that you are someone who could spend less time in front of a screen, make sure you really take the time to disconnect and refocus your energy towards something more positive and productive!
Simply becoming more organized can save us a whole lot more stress and wasted time than we think. The average person spends 12 days per year looking for things they can’t find, and the average office worker spends 1.5 hours per day looking for things as well. Take some time to organize, have a separate drawer or shelf for certain possessions, and make use of labels as a great time-saving tool! Organizing can also mean decluttering. If you find that your possessions are overflowing in their drawers and you can’t find anywhere to store certain things, then, it may be time to weed out unnecessary belongings in order to make more room for the more essential ones. Furthermore, better organization will decrease forgetfulness! Approximately 23% of people pay bills late and have to pay late fees. This can be avoided simply by investing in a planner, setting reminders on our phones or laptops, or using post-its in order to remind you of important upcoming events or tasks.
Fuel your body.
Eating well and moving more is a vital component in simplifying our daily life. Just like you fuel a car in order to get it from point A to point B, we must be sure to fuel our body correctly so it’s able to accomplish our daily tasks. In order to provide your body with the best fuel possible, focus on reducing artificial ingredients. You’ll want to avoid refined grains (white bread), trans fats, high fructose corn syrup, and excessive amounts of sodium. Additionally, you’ll want to make exercise a regular part of your life. Scheduling workouts into your calendar and providing your body with the fuel it needs is a simple way to boost short-term energy and improve long-term health. A healthy body leads to a healthy mind!
Manage your finances.
Finances and debt can be significant stressors in the average person’s daily life. With proper budgeting, we can save ourselves time and stress when it comes to money. With budgeting, a good rule of thumb is the 50/30/20 rule; this means to spend 50% of your monthly income on living expenses, 30% on lifestyle, and 20% should go to your savings. Another way to reduce money-related stress is to pay off that debt! The longer you allow debt to linger, the more it builds up and the more time you have to stress over it. Whether you have student loan debt, credit card debt, car debt, or anything else, paying it off as quickly as possible will eliminate the mental clutter caused by debt, as well as making it much easier to manage your finances and think more clearly about your long-term financial goals. Paying your bills each and every month can also be a hassle, so there are a few ways to minimize this financial stressor as well. One of which is automated banking. Selecting to have your bills auto-paid is a great solution, as you will never have to worry about forgetting to make a payment. Your expenses will be automatically paid and all you will have to do is check through the transactions and expenses to double check that everything was done correctly. Automated bill payments are especially useful when they are used for expenses that are relatively the same from month to month, because this makes double-checking the transactions an extremely simple task on your part. Another way to eliminate the hassle of remembering monthly bill payments is to simply look into the possibility of paying some of your bills annually or semiannually. Even if you only switch one or two bills from monthly payments, that’s one or two less bills to worry about on a monthly basis.
Slowing down is the most crucial strategy when it comes to simplifying your life; but what exactly do we mean by this? First, you’ll want to stop multitasking. It’s easy to take a look at your to-do list and immediately fall into the mindset that you need to get five different things done at once. Believe it or not, multitasking typically doesn’t actually save you any time at all, and it will actually reduce the quality at which you complete each given task. Certainly some simple daily tasks can be done more efficiently while multitasking, but the majority of more complex tasks and projects will require your undivided attention in order to be done properly and efficiently. Next, you’ll want to learn to say “no.” Don’t take on too much. Know your limit and don’t overload yourself, thus creating unnecessary stress. When trying to decide whether or not you should take on a certain task or make a certain time commitment, ask yourself three questions: Will this bring me joy? Will the benefit of the task outweigh the stress that will be caused? Will I be able to make a meaningful difference for myself or someone else by doing this? If the answer to most of these questions is no, you may want to consider saying no to the commitment. Lastly, stop rushing from one thing to the next. We all have those days where we fill like all we’re doing is rushing from one thing to the next with hardly any time to breathe in between. On these days especially, it is exceedingly important that we set aside some time for ourselves. Stress will continuously pile up if we don’t take the time to relax, destress, clear our minds, and make time for hobbies and activities we enjoy. “Stop rushing from one thing to the next” can also refer to an even larger scale. For example, maybe you find that you’re rushing through life in general. Many people are going through high school thinking about college, going through college thinking about graduation, attending their graduation stressed about how they’re going to find a job, starting their career while thinking about starting a family, etc. Slow down and focus more on today. You’ll certainly want to continue striving for your goals, but try to reduce the number of goals you’re striving for at once, and learn to create a healthy balance between focusing on the future and the present. Don’t let the present pass you by because you’re too busy trying to plan ten steps ahead!