Every day we are bombarded by messages, media, family needs, errands, and day-to-day routines. At times it can be overwhelming. Fear not, Mavens and novices alike; here are 5 simple tips to make your every day more turn-key, manageable, and therefore a little less stressful.
Declutter to Focus
Clutter creates chaos. Clear your home and office of the extras, and focus will reign.
I have a general rule for home; if I have not used it in the last 3 months, I will not. So I purge as needed. On the other hand, I put seasonal items away in storage. For example, I rarely hot curl my hair in the winter; so, I don’t leave the curlers in my bathroom taking up space. I tuck them away in clear plastic storage bins.
So pour yourself a drink and have your purge party. Burn that card from your ex three times removed and toss that bow you may someday use. Donate old clothes and those “you are still unsure why’ purchases. You know all the stuff you bought on your last Target run.
Keep Necessities Convenient
Place items you regularly need in a convenient location and assert functionality into your space.
There is a time and a place for everything, be sure you honor your needs, time, and place. Place items in a location, so when you need them, you have them without rummaging through drawers and tossing stuff out of closets. For example, everything I need before leaving the house is at my front door; keys, face masks, sunglasses, purse. I never leave home without them, so they stay prominently and conveniently located.
Shop from Home List
Place your order online for pick up or delivery and save time, money, and space.
I am a huge proponent of keeping a running list in the app of specific stores. Then when running low, hit “buy” and schedule your delivery. Already out? Hit “buy” and do a quick curbside pick-up.
Before I knew better, I would go to Target with my little list and leave with a load. Not anymore, I keep a running list in the app, and when I need more wipes, dishwasher pods, hair care, whatever, I press purchase and drive-by.
Virtual ordering saves time and money because it prevents impulse purchases, which frees your home of all the unnecessary stuff you may throw in your cart as you browse stores.
Some Shop from Home Favorites:
Wear a Uniform
Try creating your signature look and curate your wardrobe in a way that works simply for you.
Don’t overthink what you wear. Your clothes are not you. You create your style. Build a wardrobe that works for your life and schedule. My closet is simple for day-to-day activities: a turtleneck or oversized sweatshirt with leggings in the fall and winter. Then, in Spring and Summer, I am typically rocking a long dress with a duster coat on cool evenings. Shoes? I only wear sneakers and boots. I have kids, a career, and a life. Fashion has to follow me; I can’t follow it.
Give Yourself Time
Pad your schedule with time to commute, eat, go to the bathroom, and plan your breaks.
Often when we schedule our day, we forget the fundamentals of life. Include anything you can’t do without, that includes drinking water! We give so much of our time; make sure you are giving some of that time to yourself.
Pause and breathe when you feel stress coming on.
While it may appear like a natural reflex to breathe, this is a reminder to sit with your moments and stress points.
“I can’t pause; I am busy.”
You want to be productive, not busy. If you work smart, you don’t have to work hard. When you work frantically, it shows. With stress, you lack focus and lose momentum, which shows up in your work.
The result from a moment of clarity is forethought. Sometimes we believe we are thinking or planning ahead. But we must remember to base our thinking and planning on facts.