There are many things in this world that are competing for our attention. We are bombarded with ads, over extended in our work duties, and have too much going on in our lives. So today I thought I’d share 5 simple habits or tricks that can make life much better.
Turn Off Notifications On Your Phone
This was a big one for me. Every time I looked at my phone there were little red badges all over the screen saying “look at me! You have things left undone!” It wasn’t healthy and when I considered turning off the notifications I was actually getting closer to my goals in life. I’ve come to realize that email is a convenient way to organize other people’s priorities, not your own. Every phone is different, but you can switch them off; then I began telling my friends, if you need to get in touch right away, call me. My phone should work for me in the way I want it to, not to better server others.
Don’t check email or socials before bed or first thing in the morning
This was a tough one for me. For my job, I have to monitor over 15 social media channels and it’s daunting. Worse, spammers are always posting on my sites and pages because of the reach I’ve built, so it’s a constant war. I have been tempted to remove my phone from the bedroom all together.
Cancel one thing on your calendar this week and do nothing!
We always overbook, we are always overstressed, and there will never be enough time in the day. Look through your calendar and choose one thing and cancel it. Take that time to just chill out, read a book, go get a coffee, or go for a walk.
If you see something you want in the store, wait.
If you’re going through a store and see something that interests you, instead of buying it right then, wait until you’re in that store next time. More often than not I find that next time I see it in the store my desire for it will have disappeared or I will have forgotten about it all together. If it’s really important to you or you truly do love it, what is the likelihood of you forgetting it?
Flip your hangers
Go into your closet and hang your hangers all in one direction, preferably in the direction that is most awkward to unhook. Once you do that, you’ll be able to tell what things you actually wear and what you don’t. Go through in spring, summer, winter and fall, then look what you haven’t touched in a year; those items will be a prime candidate for donation.
- What have been your easy habits that help you live a simpler life?