Lately I’ve been feeling the stresses of life start to take over. I’m pretty good at hiding stress but my physical body is not. After many trips to the chiropractor in just a few weeks (I always get out of place when I’m stressed!) I decided that I needed to take action and do something about it.
Isn’t is crazy how trying to live a more simple life is actually fairly difficult to get started on?
First you have to figure out how to make your life simpler (and for me, that’s all about making lists!), then it’s deciding what you need to tackle first, then it’s all about actually doing what needs to be done.
One thing at a time….first start looking at what exactly you do during the day and during the week. I, of course, made a list.
Write down all the things that you do during the day. You probably won’t be able to think of them all so it might be easier just to take a day to write them down as you go. I did this for both my business and my personal life. (As both areas needed some work!) Make sure to write down the big and little things, chores, cleaning tasks, baking tasks, things with the kids, EVERYTHING.
Once that job is done, sit down and take time to look at the list. Ask yourself these questions:
- Which items can be combined?
- Which items are really necessary?
- Which items can someone else do for me?
- Which items can I say no to?
- Which items are causing me undue stress?
- Which items are costing me too much money?
Make comments by each item for the questions above. Now look through the notes you put on each item.
If it’s costing you too much money, what can you do to make it cost less or be cheaper? (Saving money will always save stress!)
If it’s causing you stress, are you ok with letting it continue on in your life? Or is it something you can cut out? (no matter how hard in the beginning it will be better for you in the long run!).
Can you say no to it? (We, as women, seriously need to learn to understand and USE this word! Although I’m probably one of the worst offenders. This is something I’m going to work on!)
Is it something someone else can do for me? (This is one of the hardest ones for me. I’m one of those that thinks I need to do absolutely everything by myself when it’s actually more profitable for my time to get someone else to do it for me. Think about the idea that if you let someone else do this thing you might have time open up to do something else you need or really want to do!)
Which items are really necessary? (We all do unnecessary things everyday.)
Can it be combined? (Is it something you could do at the same time as something else? Or is it a chore that could be worked into another one?)
Now for the hard part. To actually go back through the list and figure out what you are going to do with all those items. What is the best plan of execution?
It may take some time and it definitely won’t always be easy but list making can be a great way to simplify your life and ultimately make it better for you. No one said that life would be easy but that doesn’t mean we can’t do things to make it easier!
What is one thing that you can remove from your life to start living a more simple life?