Almost everyone seems far more in a rush and stressed out than they would like. Many of us have fast paced day-to-day lives. The busier you happen to be, the more important it truly is to prioritize and simplify! This is especially valid in the event you get to the end of a busy day and feel as though you achieved very little.
The fact is that when you are so rushed off your feet, it is more difficult to see your accomplishment and give yourself a pat on the back. Until you’re able to stop, look back for few minutes and see where you are now and where you were coming from, you risk building up on limiting beliefs. Do people tell you how great you are but you find it hard to belief them? You need to slow down or risk burning out!
If you want to get the most out of your day, put these strategies into action and start simplifying your day:
1. Prioritise your day.
Instead of trying to get everything done in a day, consider focusing on only a few items.
- Get in the habit of creating a list of everything you’d like to get done today. Then prioritize the list and focus on the top three items and be realistic with your choice. It can be helpful to do this in the night before, that way you can start the next day without wasting time trying to decide where to start.
- Limiting the number of things you’re going to tackle is a highly effective way to approach your day. The most important tasks are sure to get done, and no time is wasted on the superfluous.
2. Turn off the television.
Distractions are the second challenge for most people. It’s easy to become distracted by the television, radio, email, social media, and the internet in general. Avoid even starting to get involved in these distractions while you’re working.
- If you have the habit of checking your emails every hour (or less!), you need to stop it! If that email is so important and can’t wait, I am pretty sure whoever sent it will have called you… don’t you think? Set apart a time later in the day to check your emails, unless you are expecting an important email that cannot wait till later.
3. Take breaks as needed.
While this doesn’t necessarily make your day simpler, it will feel like it is. For most people, the most effective work schedule is working for approximately 2 hours followed by a 20-30 minute break. Studies show that you’ll get more done.
- You’ll also stay fresher and feel less frazzled.
4. Create routines whenever possible.
Rather than waiting until the kitchen floor is dirty, why not mop it every Wednesday night? If you wait until a chore desperately needs to be done, it’s likely to require a lot more time and energy. It’s also likely that several things will need to be done at that same time.
- Set a schedule for household chores, paying bills, and garden work.
5. Plan to simplify your day.
At the end of each day, evaluate how the day unfolded. Was it a good day? Did you feel rushed or overwhelmed?
- Get in the habit of asking yourself a simple question: “How could I improve and simplify my day?” Then listen to the answers you receive. Make a plan to implement some of those ideas into the next day.
6. Charge your electronic devices each night.
It’s great when you can accomplish something while asleep. Plug in your electronic devices each night so they can get the same recharge that you’re enjoying. Few things complicate a day more than a cell phone or laptop battery dying at the wrong time.
- Imagine waiting on your phone to recharge when you could be doing something much more valuable?
7. Keep a regular sleep schedule.
It’s easier to plan your day and get the necessary things done if you’re well rested. If you sleep too little one night, you’ll notice that your body slips into an unplanned nap in order to function properly and so your day becomes more complicated.
- Your day-to-day capabilities will be much more consistent if your sleep is consistent.
8. Clean up after yourself.
It might seem easier to just leave your mess and deal with it at another time. But one mess tends to lead to another and before you know it, everything needs attention just to be tolerable. Take the extra few minutes to put everything away when you’re done with a task.
Simplifying your day is one of the best ways to get more done while feeling less burdened. No matter how much you have to do, odds are that only a couple of those items are truly critical. Focus on the most important tasks and limit your distractions and don’t allow other people to interrupt your plan for the day.
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