Odd Ways to Simplify Your Life

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I know we have talked about simplicity before, but I never went in depth about some things that can really help you maintain a simpler, easier life. There are several ways you can go about this and many of these techniques can be transferred to other areas of your life. For example, one of the ways I have been trying to simplify my life is by unsubscribing from all junk emails. But the same could be applied to junk mail as well. It’s a waste for me to receive countless marketing ads when I don’t buy anything. It’s also a waste of time to sort through all this mail and delete the emails or recycle the actual mail. I can get up to 200 emails a day and most are junk. This advice isn’t just for people who have too little time in their day. So find that unsubscribe at the bottom of your emails and go to town! Or call the number listed on the magazines or circulars to get your name taken off the list. Ok so let’s simplify this so you don’t have to read as much!
1.Stop junk emails at the source and unsubscribe!
2.Stop junk mail at the source and end subscriptions.
3.Get rid of excess clothing that is not allowing you to see what you really have to wear.
4.Plan out your meals in advance and buy ingredients for that specific meal. Don’t try to throw things together at the last minute.
5.Touch things once. This means, don’t stack things up in piles to be dealt with later. If it’s in your hand, put it where it belongs, not on the kitchen counter. ( I know this is hard, but it will make a difference, trust me).
6.Get rid of apps on your phone you don’t use! Try this: move all your applications but one to the second or third screen on your phone. As you use an app, move it to the first. After a month, delete the apps you haven’t used.
7.Plan and make to do lists in one place. I have seen women who have three calendars and four places where they keep their to do or to get lists. Simplify. I recommend Erin Condren life planners. There is a whole community that can give you ideas and help you stay organized. You can see how I use mine by following me on Instagram @ LiveBreatheInspire. Get $10 off by using my referral code.https://www.erincondren.com/referral/invite/jesssonmore0225
8.If you have to drive somewhere, try to plan other stops that coincide. I learned this from serving my way through college. If your going someplace anyways, why not make the trip count and get other things done as well. For example, if I am dropping my hubby off at the airport I will oftentimes stop by Costco on the way there or on the way home. It’s about a 20 minute drive there and so I will plan in advance and make the trip once, accomplishing two tasks. Seems simple, but it can save a lot of time.
9.Have less stuff! This one is just as it sounds. I know I keep going over this, but when you have a ton of things in your life, you spend a lot of time organizing, fixing, and taking care of them. Ok, I am done, but seriously, try to get rid of some of it.
10.I am guilty of having several email addresses. I am in the process of simplifying it down to one. My bad, but seriously, keep it simple if you can help it.
11.Keep your digital life simple. Keep your files in one place and make sure everything is properly backed up. I can’t imagine how I would find anything without dropbox and my organization system in it.

These are just a few ways you can keep it simple in your own home. What do you do to simplify? We would love it hear it!
-Jessica

Goal Setting

“What would you attempt to do if you knew you could not fail?” 
― Robert H. Schuller

     If you were able to take away all your doubts and preconceived notions about yourself, what would you do?  Who would you want to be? Where would you like to be?   If your life lacks movement and a forward motion then setting specific goals for your life will help you define what you want, and then we can talk about how you get there. I am the poster child for goal setting and achieving.  I define what I want, develop a plan, and go get em!  I will give specific examples later on, but it all starts with defining your dreams, goals, aspirations.  If your unhappy, you can start by defining sources of unhappiness, or defining something that will increase your happiness.  The goal of just being happier is not enough.  It needs to be defined and something that can be achieved.  Sticking with that example, maybe your job is the biggest source of discord in your life.  You could set the goal of finding a new job or even ways you could work from home.  Maybe more vacations would make it worth it, but you don’t have the $ right now.  That’s ok, you know that traveling will make you happy, so set the goal! We will get to the specifics of execution later.   I set personal, financial, and spiritual goals for every year, five years, and ten years.  I know it seems silly, but I started a small company where I can work from home, bought a home, taken several vacations a year, and optimized my life, all in two years.  (Insert shameless plug for www.LillianGrace.co)  So having a goal to be thinner is wonderful, but it needs to be more specific.  Start by determining how much you would like to loose.  Then make specific goals about how you will do that.  We can specifically talk about how in another post, but let’s say for this example all you have to do is walk for thirty minutes five times a week.  So your dream is to be thin, and your going to do this by setting a goal to walk five times a week for thirty minutes.  Not the type to actually follow through?  Announce it to everyone.  Yes, it is a bit sadistic, but it works.  I have never ran more than two miles in my life, but when I announced to everyone I was going to run 6 in a 10k things got super real.  Thinking about rubbing it in my hubby’s face got me through the grueling six miles.  Haha!   If the pressure from others is still not enough, get a partner in crime.  Having an accountability partner in life helps you achieve things you never imagined.  I wanted to start waking up earlier and knowing my mother could call at any moment and check to see if I was up was enough to help me crawl out of my warm bed each morning.   So go ahead dream your booty off ! I will help you bring them down to earth and find ways to achieve them.  Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we all could live the life we want, not the life we feel we have to?

Embarrassing? Maybe, but below I have included my goals for last year which I printed off and laminated on a giant 3 foot poster.  I am still using it for this year since many of my goals are the same.  If you have a question feel free to ask.  It’s very personal to me, but this is an example of something anyone can do to help them stay focused and motivated.  I like checking off the little boxes hehe.  If you can’t read the chart, clicking on it will make it bigger.

-Jessica

This is HUGE on my wall. Great reminder of what I want.

This is HUGE on my wall. Great reminder of what I want.