Fitness Life Motivational

15 easy ways to simplify your life

By now you’ve realized that life may not be all peaches and cream. In fact, it’s quite hard. A lot of the time I feel like life is waiting for my next pay cheque to pay all my bills and feel instantly broke again afterward. Then, Rinse and Repeat

But, life isn’t just working to be able to live. It’s about living a meaningful life. If you’re nodding in agreement, I’ve put together 15 EASY ways to simplify your life and make it a life worth living!

1. Unsubscribe from junk emails 

First things first, unsubscribe to those emails that you delete EVERY DAY. Yesterday I sat on my phone for about 20 minutes and unsubscribed to all those email lists that I had been a part of.

If you need some help, use Unroll.Me and they’ll show you every email you’re subscribed to. It’s as easy as 1, 2, 3 to unsubscribe to them and it will leave your inbox happier, too!

2. Clean out your closet 

You may not be Eminem, but it’s important to clean out your closet. It’s a small task that will lift a weight off your shoulders. Take everything out of your closet, decide what you want to keep and then fold/hang all remaining clothing. I do this monthly and every month I have a bag of clothing to donate to the shelter. Win Win!

3. Journal 

Whether it be in the morning, or in the evening, take 15 minutes out of your day to unwind. Writing is a simple pastime that will help relax your mind and wake your creative senses.

4. Carry a water bottle where ever you go

Simple… drink more water. Like I spoke about in My Fitness File: February, I bring my Swell bottle with me everywhere I go.

5. Write a daily to-do list 

Writing a to-do list is a great way to stay focused and feel accomplished. Make sure not to overload your list. For work lists, I make my to-do list less than 6 items daily, with the first two being the most crucial things I need to get done.

6. Picture your perfect day 

Visualize your perfect day and work towards achieving it. In the morning I think about what I want my day to look like. Most look a little something like this:

*Good morning texts to my boyfriend to start his day off with a smile *Arrive at work on time *Drink my first cup of coffee while writing my to-do list *Kick ass at my 9-5 job *Go to the gym to feel energized  *Spend time with Matthew and/or friends  *Make a healthy and delicious meal  *Unwind  *Prep for the next day *Snuggle my cat before bed *Final goodnight text message before I shut my eyes. 

How wonderful does that sound? My perfect day!

7. Prepare for tomorrow 

There’s nothing worse than sleeping in late and rushing around in the morning. Why not prepare your lunch, outfit and work needs the night before. This has changed my life and made my mornings not so dreadful!

8. Quit your tabs 

I’ve recently started to only have three tabs AT MAX open at once on my laptop. This keeps me more productive and on task. I’ll keep you updated on how this goes.

9. Digital Detox 

I feel like “digital detoxing” should be my slogan because of how much I talk about it! I won’t spew too much information right now, but it’s changed my life. You don’t have to go days without a device, even a few hours on airplane mode will benefit you.

You can read more about my love for digital detoxes, here. 

And… here.

10. Learn to say no

You don’t want to go to that event? Say no.

You don’t feel like seeing people tonight? Say no.

It’s okay to say no, as long as you’re polite. If you can’t say no, you will take on too much.

11. Eat slowly 

When is the last time you ate a meal for the taste and not just because you were starving? Take some time to appreciate the food you’re putting into your system.

12. Clear your workspace 

A cluttered space can make for a cluttered mind. Before I start my day at work, I always clean my desk. My desk only has what it needs on it. A notebook, phone, pens, hand lotion, laptop and always a coffee mug/water bottle.

13. Sweat 

Exercise does so much more than just making you fit. You don’t have to sweat inside a gym either if that’s not your thing! Getting outside in the fresh air is amazing, too.

Walking in a winter wonderland ❄️

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14. Find your passion and follow it

Like I said at the beginning of this post, life isn’t just paying your bills. It’s important to find your passions/dreams and follow them. Actively work towards your goals. What’s stopping you from making your life the best possible life? Life will feel simple when you begin living it for yourself and your goals.

15. Always ask this question

When it comes to big decisions and most purchases ask: Will this simplify my life? If the answer is no, rethink and maybe save some $$$ too!

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2 Comments

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    Jenna MacDonald
    March 16, 2017 at 4:42 pm

    This post could not have come at a better time. I am currently laid up with a pinched nerve in my back which I am taking as my body’s way of telling me to “slow down”. This is a great list of advice to help simplify my life and focus on what matters.

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    Shannon
    March 21, 2017 at 1:39 am

    Yes! Preparing the night before has helped me so much too. To do lists are basically my life too. I make a list first thing after I eat my bfast at work and it helps so much. COFFEE too, 🙂

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