If you are like most people today, you often feel like your life is spinning out of control at a breakneck pace. Now is the time to stop the cyclone. Simplify your life by incorporating these tips into your routine.
Learn To Say No
This one little word holds a lot of power. When you learn to use it in a firm but polite way, you can harness that power and reclaim your time as your own.
Build a Realistic Budget
Creating a household budget may seem monumental, but once you complete it, you can stop stressing about finances. For most people, that is a huge relief. So, spend a few days creating a realistic plan that lets you live a happy, healthy life, and then hit the sales like millions of others did on Cyber Week 2022.
Streamline Your Beauty Routine
If you are like most people, there is absolutely no reason you need to use 15 beauty products on your skin each day. Skip the extra plumpers, refiners and brighteners for a more natural look. You are beautiful as you are; embrace it.
Get Rid of Junk Mail
If junk mail is about the only thing still hitting your mailbox these days, it’s time to rid yourself of that burden. You have a few options. One popular way to stop junk mail is to contact opt-out services. The Federal Trade Commission provides guidance for this process. You can also contact companies directly to ask for removal. If you want to ditch the trips to the mailbox, sign up for a virtual mailbox service and move your address there. This will incur a monthly fee, but all mail will be prescreened, and junk mail gets discarded.
Put Bills on Autopay
If your mailbox seems to have more bills than anything else, you can cut down there, too. First, try to streamline where you are spending money and consolidate bills. If you have high-interest rate credit cards or loans, this can potentially save a lot of money and reduce the number of bills you get. Whether you consolidate accounts or not, sign them up for automatic payments. Remember to record the transactions to avoid a declined payment.
Invest in a Car Organizer
Sometimes it really is this simple. A disorganized car can make you feel frazzled when you drive. Plus, it is more likely to accumulate trash that might lead to unpleasant odors. Invest in an organizer that fits your vehicle and seat covers that can be washed when dirty. You’ll be surprised how much more relaxed you are behind the wheel.
Order Groceries for Pickup
Most big box and grocery stores now offer curbside pickup, which is often a free service if your order meets the minimum amounts. Go online, order what you need for the week, and schedule a time to pick it up curbside. No, you won’t get to squeeze each lemon when selecting produce, but you will save a bunch of time and aggravation.
Use a Mail-Order Pharmacy
If anyone in your household takes a prescription, consider switching them to a mail-order pharmacy service. In addition to being less expensive, your medications will usually ship automatically when the refill date is near.
Automate Where Possible
Using automated processes for regular things means you don’t have to worry about them anymore. No more wondering if you remembered to schedule the oil delivery to heat your home or what day you were supposed to pick up dog food. Instead, these things will just happen once you set up automatic deliveries.
Set Time for Yourself
With these simplified processes in place, you’ll have a little more time on your hands. Instead of filling it up with new things to do, set aside time for yourself each week. Go for a walk, have coffee with friends or get a manicure at the local salon — whatever brings you joy.
Make your life easier by automating and streamlining where possible. It also helps to establish a realistic budget and take time for yourself.