🌻5 Easy Ways to Simplify Your Life Every Day(HIGHLY RECOMMENDED)
So you feel less overwhelmed and get everything done.
“Truth is something that can’t be told in a few words. Those who simplify the universe only reduce the expansion of its meaning.”
— Anais Nin
One goal I had this year was to stop feeling stressed about all the things I have to do every day. In the first months of this year, my days were pretty busy, and I always felt tired no matter how much I rested the night before.
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That happened because I had a lot of goals to achieve, so I used the 1% better rule to work on everything (no matter how small it was) every day.
The problem with this rule is that even if it fills my day from the morning to the night, at the end of the day, I spend my days working on everything but accomplishing nothing at the same time.
After being burned out several times, I realized that the best way to accomplish all the important goals I had was actually to simplify my daily routine.
Here are five ways you can clean your schedule but get done everything you want by the end of the day.
#Automate your tasks as much as possible.
Use automation software for those things you do every day that don’t require human thinking. They basically do for you all the repetitive tasks you made, so you don’t have to waste time on them.
For example, you can use those tools to turn on your computer and your primary tabs, so it does it every day while you are brushing your teeth. Others can help you post things on your business social media, classify your emails, and make reports.
Another thing that helped me simplify my life was completely automating my budget. This way, I only enter one day of the month into my accounts to see if everything is in order.
Several sources show how automating repetitive tasks can save from 4 to even 6 hours a day of work. And they also show us how more than 40% of the things we do daily can be automated.
#Delete the micro habits and start weekly habits.
Micro habits can make you slow down your real progress. That’s because the more time you spend doing something, the easier it is for you to create a workflow that lets you finish it faster.
However, when you divide your task into small subtasks to do every day, you lose focus and creativity on that project.
Also, daily micro habits don’t give you space for errors. When you have a day full of small things, and someone needs you for something, you will break that routine and probably won’t get everything done.
I realized that when I made videos for my Youtube channel, the best way to complete one video a week was to just make the edition in one day when I was inspired. Every time I divide the edition into small parts in the week, I lose motivation and even have to start watching everything again to understand what I am doing.
Something that helped me fix this situation is, instead of creating daily goals, to have weekly goals.
When you know what you want to accomplish for the week, you can use the time you want and the one you are more inspired and motivated to do, and you simplify your days on work on the things you want to.
#Identify what’s most important to you and eliminate everything else.
Everybody has those things we think we need to do, but in reality, it doesn’t help us achieve anything.
I have found my to-do list full of things like: “send an email asking for something,” “check if a task has already been completed,” “analyze next month’s budget,” and “call Jenny.”
Even if they can help me remember what I think I need to do, they can also be why I don’t do what will help me achieve my daily goals.
For that reason, don’t put on your to-do list anything until you finish your main tasks of the day. They will only be a distraction and will distract you from your main goals.
#Make a calendar for the decisions that change every day.
There are many different decisions we make every day and constantly change that can cause us to waste time thinking about them, from what we are going to eat, wear, train at the gym, or even write and work.
I make a calendar for those tasks, so I don’t have to think about them and just do them.
This advice also helps you make better decisions on those tasks because you will not be forced to think about the healthiest or the better decision for you because they are already planned.
#Limit your tabs.
If computers only let you have one tab, we were forced to finish what we were doing to go to the next task. The problem is that it doesn’t work like that, so we believe we can do everything.
By limiting the number of tabs of objects, we have on our desks, and the access people have to you when you are working, you are forcing your brain to work on that single thing until it is finished.
The secret behind waking up at five am or staying late is precisely being able to work at a time when there are no distractions.
When you master that quiet and focused environment, no matter how many tabs you can open or how many devices you have around you, you will make everything you want without having to do it at a specific time of the day.
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“Simplifying your life is about focusing on what’s important to you. It’s about finding easier ways to do the things that you have to do and giving yourself more wriggle room for the things you want to do.” — Leo Babauta
I have realized that what works to meet my goals and advance my career and personal achievements is not trying to do everything in one day but simplifying what can help me take an extra step and eliminate everything that can be a barrier.
Also, you don’t have to work on your goals every day as long as you complete what you must do by the end of the week. This technique can help you be more focused on what you really need to complete and focus on it until it is done.
It is not how many things you do that matter; it’s the importance of them.
CONTRIBUTED BY Desiree Peralta
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