10 Small Steps to Simplifying Your Life

 

Did you know the first week of August is Simplify Your Life Week?  In a world where Instagram algorithms change overnight, many of us are stuck in go mode because we FOMO the latest trends. There isn’t a one size fit all to simplifying your life, but I’ve put together a list of suggestions to get you thinking about what will work for your lifestyle!

 

10 SMALL STEPS TO SIMPLIFYING YOUR LIFE

Less consuming, more creating. Start  limiting your time on whatever social networking sites you fancy and spend more time trying to do the thousands of things you’re over there envying about.

Learn to say no. If this is something you struggle with, it will take time so don’t feel bad. Before agreeing to do something, tell the person you will get back to them. This will allow you to think it over, and if you can’t say no face-to-face, you can send them the bad news by email or text. Stop over committing yourself to plans when you barely have enough time to work, eat healthy, work out, have a social life AND sleep 8 hours a day.

 

 

No phone at meal times. I know many may not agree with me on this, but what happened to no distractions at the dinner table? Okay, you want to post a picture of your dinner for the gram, but post it and log off! Enjoy your meal with your loved ones or alone in peace.

Question yourself before you buy. Before buying anything, ask yourself, “How often will I use/wear this?”, “What else can I do with the money?” “Will it take up a lot of space?” We’re all guilty of impulsively buying something and never using it ! Think of all the money you wasted, not pretty is it? Think of these questions and if you can’t honestly think of more than 3 times of use within 90 days, don’t buy it. Don’t buy an item that will take up a lot of space, and be underutilized. Think about coffee tables, who really use them these days besides for conversational book centerpieces? Enjoy the open space for working out for days you can’t make it to the gym.

Know your priorities. Set them for daily, weekly or monthly, but limit no more than 3, maybe 4 priorities so you are not spread to thin.

Focus on monotasking. Stick to your  one task until you are done. You will accomplish more working on one thing at a time versus trying to do multiple things at once.

Less rush, more slowness. I really need to work on this! Slow down in all aspects of your life. If time management is a weakness of yours, start accommodating your schedule appropriately. Nobody enjoys traffic, but if you’re just going home after work, why are you  rushing just to Snapchat your bed? Listen to a podcast, call a friend and just go with the flow.

Turn off non-essential notifications. You don’t have to log in to see every single thing on your time line.  I’ve implemented this with all of my apps. It is literally an out of sight, out of mind thing for me and I love it.  I set my Facebook notifications to only notify me when mentioned from my favorite groups. Many sites have similar features, check it out.

Put your phone on do not disturb an hour before bed. If you are in many group chats or simply have a poppin’ social life (I envy you!), put your phone on do not disturb an hour before bed so internally, you can start relaxing  and preparing for bed.

 

 

Unsubscribe and unfollow. We’ve all subscribed to lists for coupons, free shipping and what not, but after a while, we’re waking up to hundreds of daily emails. Start unsubscribing from places you haven’t interacted with in the last 3-6 months.

Delete  screenshots, old files and irrelevant files taking up space. We all like to keep these just in case…. well, it’s time to let it go ! If it isn’t something of special value or something that you actually use often,  delete it. If you truly can’t let it go, store it in the cloud if you have amazon prime until you’re 100% ready to move on.

 

Try picking at least 1-2 of the above tips to start simplifying your daily routine especially if you are a blogger or small business owner. Do you have a life simplifying tip to share? Share it below!

 

 

 

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48 Comments

  1. robin rue
    August 1, 2017 / 9:44 am

    I seriously need to be better about saying no. I always feel bad and say yes and then end up getting overwhelmed.

    • Le
      August 2, 2017 / 1:35 pm

      Just take one step at a time, and think it over before committing ! 🤗

  2. August 1, 2017 / 10:33 am

    Learning to say no and to slow down are big ones that i need to work on, and i am trying to keep the phone away from the table, it’s my husband that seems attached to it! This is a really good list of easy things to do to change your stress level!

  3. August 1, 2017 / 11:31 am

    I have been working on decluttering and organizing my house over the past few weeks. I have also cut back on the number of activities that my kids do. Too much running around!

    • Le
      August 2, 2017 / 1:38 pm

      Good for you! I’m a nanny and sometimes the kids schedule can get very hectic so I understand !

  4. August 1, 2017 / 12:09 pm

    I love how simple these are. Little changes lead to big results.

  5. Jenn JG
    August 1, 2017 / 12:52 pm

    What a great read! I really love the “say no” one! I need to start doing this more, I like to say yes and than tend to be annoyed at myself after for not saying no!

  6. August 1, 2017 / 1:55 pm

    Those are amazing tips!!! I totally agree with all of them especially with no phone while eating!

    • Le
      August 2, 2017 / 1:38 pm

      Great, thanks !!

  7. August 1, 2017 / 3:11 pm

    Love these tips!! In the past year I’ve been really good about saying no and not overcommitting myself. I’m also in the process of reducing non-essential notifications and it seriously helps so much!

    -Emily
    http://honeybejoyous.com

    • Le
      August 2, 2017 / 1:39 pm

      I’m glad ! It’s a work in progress for me 😌

  8. August 1, 2017 / 4:00 pm

    I need to learn to say no. Or at least say when things bother me. I turn of my phone at 9 and read for two hours so all goo don that front ahah

    • Le
      August 2, 2017 / 1:40 pm

      Oh wow, 9pm 👌🏽

  9. Jessica Taylor
    August 1, 2017 / 4:43 pm

    No phone at meal time is such a hard one for my family. Especially since everyone wants to instagram their meals every day!

    • Le
      August 2, 2017 / 1:40 pm

      I know 😂 take the photo and put the phone away!

  10. August 1, 2017 / 5:01 pm

    I absolutely agree about no phones at meal time. It’s hard (especially when you’re a food blogger) but it’s a simple way to spend time with the family.

  11. August 1, 2017 / 5:02 pm

    These are really good tips! I took note of a few that I’ll definitely try to be more diligent with. I need to slow down and log off more.

  12. August 1, 2017 / 5:06 pm

    Great list for everyone. For me it’s not just about the phone being a distraction, slowing down an concentrating on the immediate situation, or knowing my priorities is a good one. If I went in a specific order of importance instead of haphazardly things would get accomplished too.

  13. August 1, 2017 / 8:48 pm

    I love everything about this post!! I really need to learn to slow down and put my phone down. And I like the idea of goal setting every month

  14. August 1, 2017 / 8:58 pm

    Limiting my time on social media has really been a struggle for me, but one I know that would make a huge impact! Thank you for sharing this, it is giving me some motivation to switch off Facebook for a while.

    • Le
      August 2, 2017 / 1:42 pm

      Im happy to hear it !

  15. the sophia diaries
    August 1, 2017 / 10:23 pm

    These are all totally things I abide by!!! But I actually keep my phone on do not disturb all day every day and that’s because I find that I’m checking my phone less since I don’t hear the ding 😉 I check it when I want to, not because I need to! Also, I totally agree with the notifications thing! I actually turned off IG notifications because it was stressing me out too much xDthis is a great post, thanks for sharing!

    • Le
      August 2, 2017 / 1:35 pm

      That’s a great tip ! I hadn’t thought of that one.

  16. August 1, 2017 / 10:26 pm

    Absolutely love this! Saying no + questioning myself before buying are huge ones!

  17. Carly
    August 1, 2017 / 11:19 pm

    These are definitely things I could do in my own life to simplify it more! Thanks for putting this together, super helpful!

  18. August 2, 2017 / 2:32 am

    This post is so real. All these tips are so relatable and needed.

    Jennifer | ADLT101.com

  19. August 2, 2017 / 4:29 am

    I absolutely love this! I have really got to start saying no, I have such a bad habit of taking on too much and then getting frustrated when I’m exhausted.

    • Le
      August 2, 2017 / 1:33 pm

      I think we’re all guilty of that, small steps is all it takes 🙂

  20. August 2, 2017 / 8:41 am

    I hear you, I am guilty of trying to multitask at times and end up with few half made chores. I will stick to one chore and when done will do the next. I was on all social media, but then I thought there is more than enough and I’m good with that.

  21. Ruth I.
    August 2, 2017 / 9:02 am

    I also keep it a consistent habit to stay away with gadgets whenever I have company or family around me. This actually enlightens me to understand more ways than I know to live simple and much free from a lot of stuff. Great ideas here!

  22. Southern & Style
    August 2, 2017 / 10:47 pm

    Love this so much! I have noticed that I get so much better sleep if I read a real book before bed instead of surfing Facebook or scrolling instagram!

    xoxo, SS

    Southern and Style

  23. August 2, 2017 / 11:38 pm

    Great tips! “Less consuming, more creating” is so me! I spend time browsing online and then at the end of the day I hate that I didn’t get all my work done. Browsing is so addicting!

  24. August 3, 2017 / 9:37 am

    I love these tips! Especially about the monotasking haha, it really eases my life a lot! Eg. I never gonna texting while having dinner again.. Thanks for this helpful post!

  25. August 3, 2017 / 10:03 am

    I love all the different ideas that you have here. I had never heard someone tell people to monotask before. It does make a bit of sense in some fashions although everyone keeps telling you to multitask. And leaving your social media away from the table is an important thing.

  26. August 3, 2017 / 11:30 am

    This is such a great post! I purposefully keep my phone out of my bedroom, and have an alarm clock to wake me up. Makes everything a lot less stressful.

    Tori || Victori Media
    https://www.victorimedia.com

  27. August 3, 2017 / 11:35 am

    I am a self diagnosed OCD. And I want to clear all the clutters before I do the main thing I have to do during the day. And sometimes I’m just thinking too much that I needed these tips right now to simplify some stuff and not have a headache. Thank you for sharing these.

  28. August 3, 2017 / 2:59 pm

    I’ve definitely gotten better with age, especially when it comes to saying no to people!

  29. Brittney
    August 3, 2017 / 7:36 pm

    Wow! I don’t even know where to begin! I need to follow most of these. I will definitely start with learning to say no. I always say yes and commit myself to things that I really don’t even have the time for. I feel like I always feel bad saying no, so I will take your advice and ask for more time to just simply think about it. I really REALLY need to ask myself those questions when shopping. I feel like when I’m in the mall that I get so overwhelmed that I buy things on impulse and then barely use it or it’ll still have tags on it. It’s crazy because I’m not rich and can’t afford to waste money like that. I’m going to start asking myself those questions when shopping! And I don’t have a poppin’ social life at all girl, but I do need to delete alllllllll of the many memes that are wasting so much space in my phone. And hey! We can work on having a better social life! Starts with making time for important friends that we have in our lives. We can do it love!

    P.S Your blogs are amazing.

    • Le
      August 3, 2017 / 10:12 pm

      You’re so right, we have to make the time ! 💕 Nothing happens overnight, but definitely work on saying no, I be wondering if you’re super woman sometimes! 😂

  30. August 3, 2017 / 11:18 pm

    These are such practical tips! I really think I get more done when I focus on one task because my mind isn’t in 60 different places and I can be present and focus!

    • Le
      August 4, 2017 / 7:22 am

      Same here !

  31. August 8, 2017 / 7:39 pm

    I totally need to go through my phone and delete the useless files! Thanks for the reminder!

  32. August 9, 2017 / 11:14 am

    I’m an inbox zero type person, so I just unsubscribed to a ton of promo emails

    • Le
      August 9, 2017 / 11:31 am

      I’m working on that too !

  33. August 11, 2017 / 2:32 pm

    Thank you for these tips. i sicks at getting zero inbox. i should really work on that.

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