15 WAYS TO MAKE LIFE EASIER
Life can be complicated enough and it’s easy to get overloaded and overwhelmed. However, with some careful planning and a bit of thought, we can make it so much easier on ourselves. Check out this post on 15 ways to make life easier.
HOW TO MAKE LIFE EASIER
Being honest, I have a busy life with kids, full time work, aging relatives and not a lot of time on my side.
No amount of simplifying can wave a magic wand over my life and totally make my life easy, and I think that goes for pretty much all of us at some time or other.
Life can get busy, very busy and it’s not always of our making. There are so many other factors that come into play.
All we can really do is find a balance and make life easier as much as we can.
When I was brainstorming for this post, I made a list of things which have really helped me make my own life easier.
They may not all be right for you, but it’s perhaps a good starting point. Take what you can, adapt what you wish, use what appeals to you and fits with your current season of life.
Even baby steps and small changes can make a big difference over time…
15 WAYS TO MAKE LIFE EASIER
#1 Simplify your finances
For some of us, managing our money can be stressful. We might be struggling to pay bills, dealing with debt or just can’t get our head around the maths.
Money is a necessity and managing it wisely is always a good thing.
Make it easier on yourself to stay on track with your money by simplifying your finances.
- Create a monthly budget to keep on top of your monthly income and outgoings
- Check your bank statements against receipts regularly
- Set up bills to be paid automatically by direct debit
- Make a plan to deal with any debt
- Put money aside for savings if you can spare it
- Shop wisely
#2 Declutter your home
For many of us, home is where the heart is and it’s the hub of family life. Somtimes though, are homes are more a source of stress than pleasure.
- A cluttered home is a burden on your time and energy. Too much stuff will make your home harder to keep tidy and longer to clean.
- The research also suggests that more clutter can lead to a lack of focus and increased stress levels.
None of these things are likely to make your life easier!
Have a look around your home now and see if you can streamline a few things.
Do you love everything in your home, do you need all that stuff and does it add value? Or does it just serve to muddle your home and muddle your mind?
Take some small steps to declutter an area or room in your home and you’ll instantly see and feel the benefits – more space, more time, more freedom and less stress.
#3 Stop putting things off
Sometimes we are our own worst enemy and I’ve fallen into this trap myself many times!
Putting things off rarely solves anything and in my experience, it often just makes a situation worse and stresses me out in the process.
Either we can’t make a decision, we’re worried about the end result or we get stuck assessing the benefits or best way of doing something. We strive for perfection and end up getting paralysed into inaction.
- When you have a problem, deal with it.
- If you’ve got something to do, take action.
- Feeling stuck and don’t know where to start? Just pick a place and dive in.
- If you have a dilemma, list the pros and cons and just pick a solution.
Procrastination is so bad for you! It stops us in our tracks as we just get caught up on the issue and never take action or resolve it. Be a do-er and an action-taker rather than a procrastinator!
#4 Be intentional with your time
When many of us say that our life is too complicated, what we actually mean is that we’re too busy.
If you can find ways to be less busy then maybe life might feel a little simpler?
Being less busy isn’t always easy to achieve in normal everyday life. The key to making it work for you is to be intentional about your time and what you say ‘yes’ to in the first place.
Here are some things for you to try:
- Look closely at your calendar and remove any activities or commitments that no longer serve you, add value to your life, you or your family have outgrown and/or that you no longer enjoy.
- Factor in some free time each day to relax and just go with the flow.
- Could you get up earlier and use this time to get things done that you can’t do during the rest of the day?
- Or what about spending 20 minutes in the evening preparing your bags and lunches for tomorrow, so you don’t have to do them in the morning?
Be intentional with your time and spend it wisely.
#5 Simplify your priorities
Have you thought about what your priorities might be?
A new car or a bigger house? Or would it be making your kids laugh or watching them ride a bike without help for the first time?
Take a moment to identify your true priorities in life and appreciate the intrinsic value of the simpler things in life.
Try to do something each day to honour those priorities (not just the things that shout loudest from your To Do list).
#6 Plan and prepare
Planning and preparing for what’s ahead will definitely help make life easier.
It will help you:
- Be less likely to forget things
- Know what needs to be done and when
- Foresee and avoid any problems before they come up
Some of us are better at planning than others. If you find it difficult, just remember that it doesn’t have to take ages and the time you’ve saved planning can more than cover the time you waste dealing with the fall-out of not being prepared!
Imagine forgetting a birthday and then having to make a special trip to the shops for a gift and card when you could have got this last time you were at the shops anyway?
Make life easier and do some regular forward-planning:
- Check your calendar weekly (and preferably daily) so you know what’s happening
- Keep a visual To Do list on paper or on your phone so you know what you need to do
- Don’t rely on storing this information in your brain where you’re likely to forget it!
#7 Get organised
Get systems and procedures in place so you’re generally more organised, efficient and productive.
Some examples could be:
- Regular weekly meal-planning and food shopping,
- Filing systems for paperwork and important documents and spreadsheets to track your spending.
- Find a proper ‘home’ for everything from hats and gloves to toys and DIY tools so you can find everything quickly and easily.
#8 Be specific about goal-setting
Do you ever set goals for yourself and then wonder why you never achieve them? Or do you wing it through life not really knowing where you’d like to be in 5 years’ time, let alone next month?
Only then to wonder where the time has gone and why haven’t you saved that money, bought that house, pursued that training and so on?
Simplify the process and achieve things in life that you really want to achieve without getting side-tracked by the unimportant.
Check out my post on how to set goals and achieve them for more help with this!
#9 Establish household routines
Running a home can be a real drain on your time and your energy. Cleaning, washing, tidying, sorting. It all needs to be done even if you don’t feel like it.
Make life easier and get some regular household routines in place. A little bit done often is much easier on your time and energy! Your home will function as you need it to with much less hassle.
You won’t run out of clean clothes, food in the fridge or need a 24-hour deep cleaning session just to get on top of housework.
Check out my post on how to set up household routines to help you get started.
#10 Declutter your wardrobe
Do you have plenty of clothes in your wardrobe but still can’t find anything to wear each morning?
Make life easier by decluttering your clothes. Remove anything that doesn’t fit, you don’t wear or is damaged. You’ll be left with clothes that you love and a few less items to sift through. Deciding what to wear in the morning will be so much quicker and easier!
Check out my post on how to declutter clothes in 10 easy steps.
#11 Make peace with yourself
Accept yourself for who you are and what you have. Stop trying or wishing to be somebody different. Spend time improving your own life rather than being envious of others and you’ll find your life will be much easier!
#12 Look after yourself
It doesn’t matter whether you can snatch just 5 minutes or 5 hours. Take some time each day to do something for yourself (a bath, read a chapter of a book, bake a cake and so on). Recharge your batteries with self care and life will feel a bit easier even if it’s not!
#13 Put boundaries in place
Avoid wasting your time and energy on things that don’t add value or aren’t important.
- Stop saying yes to things you really don’t want to do.
- Don’t spend time doing something when you’d rather be doing something else.
- Don’t let one-sided relationships and friendships take your energy.
Life is complicated enough so make life easier by putting in place boundaries.
Boundaries are like an invisible force-field that protect you from life.
Cut down decisions on how and where to spend your precious resources like time and energy by creating solid boundaries that buffer you from the outside world.
Check out this post on how to set up boundaries and get your free worksheet.
#14 Identify the biggest cause of your stress
Is there one thing in your life that causes you a lot of stress, upset or overwhelm?
- Maybe it’s body confidence and you’d like to lose weight?
- Not enough time for yourself or time in general?
- A friendship that’s a bit one-sided?
- A job that’s going nowhere or isn’t flexible enough for your family life?
Choose just one thing that’s getting you down and make a plan to deal with it this week.
Next week, pick another or build on the one from the week before.
#15 Go for a walk outside
This may seem a strange way of making your life easier, but I think it’s one of the simplest and has so many benefits.
You’re having some exercise, feeling the calmness of nature and getting the benefits of natural daylight. You’re seeing the outside world (rather than the four walls of your home) and it costs nothing.
It reminds you of what’s important and that simpler usually means easier!
For other self-care ideas, check out my free Self-Care Challenge.
PUTTING THE CHANGES INTO ACTION
I hope these 15 ways to make your life easier really help you. They might not all be right for you just now. But, if you can take on board at least a few suggestions then some aspects of your life will definitely seem a bit easier.
If you can’t manage all at the same time, pick one or two that appeal to you most and work on these for a week.
Try another two during the next week and so on. They’re just small changes that can have a bit impact on making things a little bit easier, no matter what life throws at you!
LET ME KNOW WHAT WORKS FOR YOU!
I’d love to know what works for you, what you found difficult and whether you’ve got any other tips to share which could help others on their journey to a simpler life.
Let me know in the comments below!