This list is all about simplifying your life, so my aim is to keep this blog post simple. I will expand on the categories a little more in the coming weeks but for now:
- Consider arranging your life so that you can live a minimalist lifestyle. How can you free up possessions, obligations and half finished projects?
- If it feels overwhelming, start by taking small steps. Set aside 15 minutes each day to clear out a drawer, sort through a pile of post or try on an item of clothing that you have not worn for a while. If you feel the urge to carry on decluttering after the 15 minutes is up, then that is great!
- Look on YouTube for ideas on how to build a capsule wardrobe that suits your needs.
- Start clearing your house of paperwork – scan in documents which you need to keep and categorize it in folders online (I use a combination of Dropbox and Google Drive). I always keep the paper documents that I need for my taxes, but I also keep digital copies of the papers I need.
- Are you really going to finish that pair of curtains or mend that table that have been stuffed in a corner out of sight? If the answer is yes, do it now. If not, get rid of the project and free up time for something you really want to do. I think one of the reasons that I love going away on holiday is that I am not surrounded by loads of possessions which all need attention either dusting or mending or putting away.
One of the shocking things that I found when I was getting ready to move to the US, was that 6 months before I intended to move, I made conscious effort to use up all the toiletries, food and wear only the clothes that I had already bought. In fact, I moved a full year after I originally intended to and I was still using things up that I had bought over 18 months ago. That experience taught me only to buy what I needed at that moment and not to buy things just in case!
Anyway in my opinion, one of the best books on Decluttering is this one:
The aim here is change your mindset from one of lack of time to one of abundance – ‘ I choose to use my time to do this’
- Make a note of the different areas in your life which you feel need to give attention to.
- Look at the list and put a big heart next to those areas which you love spending time doing.
- For the moment put to one side those areas that you do out of obligation.
- Make a note of the activities that you do each day – for example each morning I do some yoga for 20 minutes and that is followed by 20 minutes of meditation. Then I will do 20 minutes (ish) of watching YouTube videos on something I wish to know more about while I eat my breakfast
- Set a timer for how long you will be on the phone or social media, which is one of the biggest time stealers that there is.
- Make an honest appraisal of how much tv you watch everyday that is for ‘entertainment purposes’ this includes the news.
- Make a note of how much time you spend catering to others needs. This includes, running errands, volunteering on committees, doing housework and making meals. Giving advice and helping sort out problems. Is helping others dominating your time?
- Make a note of when you are most productive in the day
- Group similar tasks together and designate a set time to do them in one chunk rather than in dribs and drabs throughout the week.
- Make a list of errands that need to be run or appointments and try to group them together so you do one trip rather than several.
- Decide how you would love to spend your time.
- Experiment with blocking out time to do the things you love. I get up at 5am to work on my business before I go off to my regular job, as this is the time that I am at my most productive and the least likely to be disturbed or have appointments scheduled.
If like me you had a to-do list that was longer at the end of the day than it was at the beginning you will love the book ‘To-Do List Formula: A Stress-Free Guide To Creating To-Do Lists That Work’by Damon Zahariades who has some great productivity tools. You can buy his book from Amazon at: https://coachingtoconfidence.com/Lists