Simplify meal planning.
If it’s okay with your doctor, consider doing a juice fast once a week. Or just eat veggies and/or fruit that require little to no preparation. A boiled artichoke, steamed carrots and broccoli, green beans, a salad, apples, pears–whatever you like. Easy to prepare, easy cleanup: simple.
Simplify your work life.
Why not work less, enjoy it more? I know, how do you do that if you work for someone else, that’s the question. A few ideas:
If you tend to eat at your desk while you work, don’t. Go out for lunch so you get a real break. Talk a walk mid-afternoon to clear your head. If you often stay late, do that a little less. These are all positive steps for good mental health.
Buy only washable clothes. It saves time and money spent on two trips to the drycleaner. Not to mention avoiding the toxins many dry cleaners use to clean clothes.
Use your mind more efficiently.
No more multitasking. Do one thing at at time with great focus.
Yes, I used to think I was a great multi-tasker. Then I read studies that said people who multi-task are often less efficient. That’s certainly true now that I’m older.
Now, I like giving my full focus to one thing at a time. It’s a less frenetic way to work.
Eliminate time sucks.
Turn off the TV and internet at least some of the time. I set a time for TV watching: early evening. Or at 6am. I rarely turn it on at other times. Further, I only rarely watch live TV. I find it much easier to record shows and watch them when I want to. That also allows me to avoid the nightly news and fast-forward through loud, disruptive commercials.
And although we live our lives online, judging from my social media feeds, what we’re doing lately (for obvious reasons) is generating more anxiety and stress. So, I make sure to do things that aren’t internet-specific. Lunch with friends. Attend a concert. Go to a museum. And while doing that, I don’t consult the internet on my phone.
What ways to simply life would you add to this list?
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