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How to simplify your life: 6 important hacks
It’s pretty common to look for ways to simplify your life. If you have a lot going on, whether it be work, family or friends, decluttering your mind and home can give you that clarity you need to kick goals. With that in mind, here are some life hacks you could inject into your everyday to simplify your life.
Create a morning routine
How you start your morning can have a massive impact on your day. Making time for yourself before you tackle the day can reduce the head fog that can lead to distraction and confusion. So, rather than reaching for the snooze button, incorporate a little time in your schedule to really enjoy the morning.
This could be some time for movement, meditation, reading the paper, journaling or even dedicated tea time. By inviting a little space into your morning, you’ll be amazed at how much more equipped you are to take on the day.
Set goals for yourself
If you’re feeling overwhelmed, whether it be with your finances, friends, family or work, set yourself small and achievable goals. Creating small hurdles, even if it’s achievable within a week, can help you get more clarity and simplify aspects of your life.
For example, this could be saving a certain amount by the end of the month towards your new car, or setting a target to reach out to a couple of friends a week. By setting achievable goals, this can help keep you motivated and provide a structure for your time so you can get the most out of your day.
Keep your tabs to a minimum
When you’re online at home or at work, it can be easy to have a million tabs open at once as you jump from task-to-task or article-to-article. While tabs can help you to multitask, they can also affect your ability to focus on what you need to get done.
Think about how easy it can be to get lost in your tabs! Try only keeping 1-2 open at a time, and closing the ones you don’t need. Don’t worry, if you’ve closed a tab and need it again, you can always find it in your browser history.
Dedicate some time away from tech everyday
Scrolling through daily feeds on social media can really put a dent in your day, even if it’s just 10-15 minutes here and there. If you find you don’t have enough time for the small things, allocate ‘no social media’ slots in your schedule to create more mental and physical space in your day.
This can be handy if you’re the type to get distracted easily, helping to break bad scrolling habits. Whether it be at the start of your day or at night so you can focus on winding down, this can help free up your time and energy so you can focus on what’s important.
Declutter your home
When was the last time you cleaned out your wardrobe? Or that bottom drawer in the kitchen? It’s no surprise that clutter at home can lead to clutter in the mind. A great way to simplify life at home is to do a regular clean out, and only keep the things that benefit your life. You’d be surprised by how much simplicity you can inject into your home life just by reducing the things you have.
It’s also a great opportunity to take stock of what’s most important, and update your Home and Contents Insurance. That way, if something were to happen to your most precious belongings, you can sleep easy knowing you could be covered
Streamline your life admin
It can be easy to get lost in bills, bank accounts, rent, home loan repayments, insurance and deadlines. Simplify your life admin by creating a clear structure for how to get it done. This could be by batching similar tasks together or dedicating a scheduled time every week to get through your to do list. You could also set up automated payments for bills and other expenses, or reduce the number of providers you’re with.
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This advice has been prepared without taking into account your particular objectives, financial situations or needs, so you should consider whether it is appropriate for you before acting on it.