24 SIMPLE DAILY HABITS TO MAKE LIFE EASIER
Many people struggle with getting everything done during the day and still finding time for themselves. If this sounds familiar, check out these 24 simple daily habits to make life easier, get organised, be more productive and carve out free time for you.
CHOOSING DAILY HABITS TO MAKE LIFE EASIER
In this article I’m sharing a few of my favourite daily habits which certainly help to make my life easier.
These habits are things that I’ve trained myself, over time, to do every day.
To be honest, they’re so part of my normal routine now that I don’t really think about doing them! They’ve almost become as natural as knowing that I need to brush my teeth twice a day!
The habits don’t take up a lot of time but the impact of them grows because I do a little bit every day.
For example, I’m not faced with a weekend of housework because I’ve spent a few minutes each day doing a little bit here and there.
Daily habits like these help me:
- Get everything done that I need to
- Help me be more productive
- Save me time and stress
- Give me more freedom for other things in life
Choose which habits would be most helpful and make your life easier. If you struggle to put them all in place, pick a couple each week to get used to and build them up over time!
Try them and see which habits make a difference to simplify YOUR life…
24 SIMPLE DAILY HABITS TO MAKE LIFE EASIER
#1 Make your bed
Get into the habit of making your bed first thing every morning as soon as you get up.
Your bedroom will look neater and tidier. It’s also part of the process of getting ready physically and mentally for your day.
#2 Get up early
Get a head start on the day by waking up a little early, even before the rest of the house wakes up.
You can have a little time for yourself and get a head-start on the day. You could even do things that are easier without the kids or other distractions, like read a book or doing some exercise.
Check out my other post on how and why to set up a morning routine.
#3 Do something for yourself
Whatever sort of day you’ve had, try to factor in some time for yourself every day to do something that’s just for you.
It doesn’t matter how long you have or what you do, even if it’s a hot bath, a YouTube video on karate or doing some gardening – whatever floats your boat. Even a few minutes is better than nothing.
It’ll help you recharge your batteries. You can prioritise yourself in a day spent doing stuff for others and remember that you are more than ‘just a Mum/wife/[insert your own label]’. You can and should have interests, dreams and goals too!
#4 Put a laundry load on
Keep on top of the laundry by doing a little every day. You’ll always have clothes in the wardrobe to choose from and never run out of clean school shirts. Best of all, you won’t have to play catch up on Sunday with multiple loads of laundry to get through.
#5 Fold/put away laundry and clothes before you go to bed
Once you’ve washed the clothes, don’t let them lie in a jumbled pile or in a laundry basket for days on end.
You’ve washed them so you can use them, so fold and put them away before bed every night!
The same goes for clothes that you’ve taken off at the end of the day – hang them up in the wardrobe!
#6 Don’t check emails unless you can action them
Especially if they’re work emails! If you read them first thing in the morning you’re not likely to have time to deal with them, especially if they’re important or need a prompt response. Checking your emails when you can’t really action them is more likely to stress you out!
Instead, wait until you start work, or allocate a time in your day when you can open and take action on relevant emails.
#7 Prepare what you can the evening before
Don’t wait until the frantic busy morning to pack homework, sign school letters or prepare lunches.
Save yourself some morning stress and get as much ready the evening before. You’ll be less in a rush, have more time to concentrate on what you’re doing and you’re less likely to forget things (or put the wrong homework in the wrong bag like I do!). Check out my post on setting up an evening routine for some more ideas on what you could do the evening before.
#8 Lay out clothes the night before
Remove one decision (out of a million others) that you’ll have to make tomorrow by choosing what you’re going to wear the night before.
Lay out school uniform too (if you’re kids aren’t old enough to find it themselves). They can get themselves dressed whilst you get on with doing something else.
#9 Self care
I know it’s really easy to push ourselves to the bottom of the pile, especially if we’re busy during the day. Yet, try to make sure you spend a little time (even 5 minutes) on making yourself look and feel good. Wash your hair, have a shower, do your nails, wear clothes that you make feel and look great.
It’s not so much a vanity thing, but more that when you know you look good you tend to feel good about yourself. You’re more confident, positive and ready for anything.
Try my 20 ways in 20 days Self-Love Challenge for some help and ideas.
#10 Get some fresh air
Blow the cobwebs away. Get a change of scene from the four walls of your home (or office), let the natural daylight work its magic and enjoy being outside in nature!
#11 Take some exercise
Your body and mind will both benefit from some exercise. It doesn’t matter whether it’s hardcore weights or a gentle stroll, just get moving.
Choose a form of exercise that you enjoy, you can maintain over the longer term and not just give up after a week. And, if you’ve got the kids with you all the time, pick an activity that’s possible with little ones around to make it easier for you to keep up!
#12 Catch up on the news
Keep up-to-date with what’s happening in the news. It’s easy to get insulated from the outside world!
#13 Write a To Do list for tomorrow
Make a note of everything you’ve got to do, either using the Notes on your phone or good old pen and paper.
Keep your mind clear and focused by getting your thoughts down in a visual list rather than stored in your head. You’re less likely to forget things or prioritise the wrong things.
#14 Write a morning gratitude list
We all get down or overwhelmed by life sometimes. Try writing down 5 things you’re really grateful for each morning. It’ll help you have a better day by keeping everything in perspective and realising how lucky you are. Check out this post on how to write a morning gratitude list.
#15 Journal/brain dump
When things get on top of you, you’re facing a difficult situation or decision or just need to mentally re-group, try writing in your diary or jotting your thoughts down on paper.
They don’t need to be a beautiful piece of prose or in your neatest handwriting. Just write down your thoughts as they come to you. As you write, you’ll find the mental fog will clear. You can identify the main issues or problems and clearly work out an action plan to move forward.
#16 Check the post and deal with paperwork
Don’t let the paper clutter build up. Open post that’s arrived that day, deal with anything that needs actioning and then file it or throw it as appropriate.
#17 Check your emails and deal with them
Choose a time or specific times of day when you check your emails. Action the ones that require you to do something, and deal with junk or spam.
Don’t let your inbox build up with irrelevant or unnecessary junk and don’t lose the important emails in the midst of the unimportant.
#18 Chat and spend time with your partner
It’s easy to forget how important this is when you’re busy with kids, work, school and general life. It doesn’t matter whether it’s mundane, day-to-day stuff or life-changing conversations, spending quality time together reinforces your relationship.
For more ideas, check out my post on 20 ways to bond with your partner.
#19 Spend some quality time with your kids
Find some time to be with your kids, not whilst you’re multi-tasking doing something else like cooking dinner. Read together, play a board game, watch their favourite TV show snuggled on the sofa.
Whatever it is, dedicate that time to them, even if it’s just 10 or 15 minutes. A short time one-to-one with them is better than an hour spent distractedly doing something else at the same time.
#20 Prep the lunches for tomorrow
Don’t make yourself rushed in the morning by prepping the packed lunches for the day. Do it the evening before as much as you can and keep them in the fridge overnight to stay fresh.
#21 Go to bed saying I love you and never end on an argument
Tomorrow is another day. Give yourself a peaceful night’s sleep by not ending the day on a bad note, harbouring a grudge, or wasting the night being angry with your other half or irritable with the kids. Kiss, make up and start fresh tomorrow.
#22 Check your calendar for tomorrow
Avoid any last-minute surprises, forgotten birthdays or missed appointments. Know what’s coming up for you tomorrow so you can plan and be prepared!
#23 Do a little housework
Don’t spend your weekend doing a 12-hour deep cleaning session. You could be doing far more exciting things!
Keep on top of household chores by doing a little bit often. You’ll keep the house clean and tidy with minimal effort and time.
#24 Do dishes after every meal
Don’t leave the dirty dishes to pile up in the evening. If you do, you’ll need to reach for clean plates, cutlery and so on every time you eat or drink. This means you need more sets than if you were to just re-use the same items (once they’ve been washed obviously!).
Also, I’m sure there are much better ways of spending your evening rather than catching up on piles of dirty plates! Instead, clean up after every meal or load into the dishwasher to run and finish before bedtime.
DO YOU HAVE ANYTHING TO ADD?
Leave a comment below if you’ve got any other daily habits to share! I’d love to hear from you…
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