How To Simplify Your Life When Things Get Stressful

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This is the perfect time to slow it down and simplify your life. You want to be on top of everything for 2018 and ready to get things done. But also, just before the holiday season, you want to be stress-free. You want to have all your gifts and cards ticked off, all the decorations up, hosting duties done and ready to enjoy yourself.

Sometimes that means simplifying your life. Don’t worry, you can start today and have a clearer head in no time!

 

1. Declutter

Whenever you’re in a cluttered environment, you feel more overwhelmed. And it can be hard to declutter your life when you’ve got too much to do. If you’re like me, you’ll find it difficult to part with things, so creating keep and chuck piles isn’t going to work for you. I’d say start with one roo at a time and think carefully about your storage solutions.

How to achieve it: You can try the Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, or invest in some smart storage solutions. One of the best things I ever did was purchase storage solutions for my makeup and face masks. In the bathroom, I have a flyer dispenser full of face masks, that makes me feel like everything is tidy but also feels luxurious – as if the bathroom is my own personal spa. Have a think about how you’d like to display (or hide) things to make everything look neater.

 

2. Write down your routine 

Creating a routine for your life and sticking to it is the best way to stay clear-minded. I wake up at the same time no matter whether it’s a weekend or a weekday because I know then I won’t feel awful at 6 am on a Monday morning. Now’s the perfect time to write down what your perfect day would look like.

How to achieve it: We designed the Getting Things Done planner to help you simplify your life. Write down your plan for the day and your to-dos on the left-hand side and on the right-hand side, you can keep track of all your self-care routine. How much exercise you do, how much water you drink, personal notes, expenses and more. You can take it everywhere with you and it’ll help you stay on track with your life. Buy it here.

 

3. Change your life 

Now’s the time to change your life. Make a list of things you want to improve that will help you simplify things. Maybe you want to be more confident, know your worth, say no more often. Whatever it is, write it down and make actionable steps towards those big changes. You can stay in your comfort zone, or you can step out of it and transform yourself into who you really want to be!

How to achieve it: If you need a plan, you can use your planner to write down the bigger goals you need to set for yourself. The Getting Things Done planner is perfect because your whole life can  be planned in one go. The best way to change your life is to start working on it now.

 

4. Simplify everything 

You can simplify everything from your grocery shopping to the movies and books you buy. Simplifying your purchases, subscription services and more, will help you get better with your finances and take away one potential headache.

How to achieve it: Firstly, you can sign up for a food box service like Hello Fresh, it has saved me so much money on groceries and comes in a box with easy recipes to follow. Our weekly meals are 50% of what they used to be. Secondly, sign up for a service like Amazon Prime. Usually, these services save you money. I know with Prime I save a lot of money on books, tv shows, and movies. You can also use something like Mint to keep track of your finances and make sure that all those subscriptions aren’t doing more harm than good.

How are you simplifying your life in 2018? Let us know in the comments section below

 

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Beth Macdonald

Managing Editor

I'm the Managing Editor of CGD. I'm a graduate of the Penguin Writer's Academy and have published a short story. I specialize in copywriting, digital marketing, and research.