5 Ways I Simplify My Day

Do you feel stressed and overwhelmed? Try these 5 things to simplify your day. Emmamariedesigns.blogspot.com

Sometimes when I feel stressed out and overwhelmed it's because I have too much going on in my life. I feel like my to-do list is a mile long and I can't possibly get it all done that day, let alone week! Do you ever feel this way? Do you ever feel like everybody needs you and you are only 1 person? I get that! Because I too feel this way a lot. Here's how I go from feeling stressed out and overwhelmed to feeling like I've got things under control again. First of all, I have to be reminded to stop, slow down, breathe, and then simplify my day. To simplify my day, something usually has to go. And that something is a task (or several tasks!) that is on the to-do list. I then pick the top couple of things that need to be done that day. Lastly, I fall back on 5 different habits that have been formed and woven into my days.

If you are feeling stressed and overwhelmed, try removing something from your to-do list. It really helps! Get my other tips at emmamariedesigns.blogspot.com

Since I've been doing these 5 things for some time now, they are things that just happen and I don't have to think about them. My days are so much calmer with these 5 things going on throughout them! Some will find them boring, but for me, they are lifesavers, mind savers, and I don't have to think quite as hard. They just happen. So what are my 5 systems that I've implemented throughout my day to keep things simple in my life?

  • 1 Cup A Day Rule
That's right, we each have 1 cup for the entire day, all day. I learned this trick growing up in a family of 12 (thanks mom!). It solves the "sink is overflowing with cups" problem that happens in so many homes. Only having 1 cup a day for each of us cuts down on the amount of cups that are building up in the sink waiting to be washed. In fact at my house, there are usually only 3-5 cups needing to be put into the dishwasher on any given day. So how does this cup rule work? We get a new cup out of the cabinet, leave it at our place at the table, and use it all day. I don't have nearly as many dishes to wash and even with only 4 of us living here, this is huge!

If you are feeling stressed and overwhelmed, try removing something from your to-do list. It really helps! Get my other tips at emmamariedesigns.blogspot.com

  • Fewer Choices
Y'all, I am a simple person and tend to be brand loyal. When I find something that works for me and my family, I stick with it. I have only 1 shampoo choice, a handful of household cleaners, 2-3 eye shadow choices, we eat the same 2-3 things for lunch each day, minimal toys, and so on. Simple yes! Some would get very bored at my house very quickly! But the fact is, having so many choices and decisions to make overwhelmes me, leaving me to the point of not knowing what choice to make. To prevent this from happening, I keep things simple and have fewer choices. Also, when I find something that works for me, I'll stay with that thing for awhile. As they say, why fix what's not broken?

  • Meal Plan
I take a few minuets once every 2 weeks and write out a basic meal plan. It doesn't take me very long to do, but it is such a time saver! Doing this one thing simplifies my days because I actually know what is for dinner that day and what the meal choices are before dinnertime rolls around. I don't know about you, but when I have an actual plan for dinner, it makes my day so much smoother. I am in control of my day instead of my day controlling me. And that is a awesome feeling to have!

Meal planning is a huge time saver for me! I know what I'm cooking for dinner and it helps to simplify my day. Read about this and other tips at emmamariedesigns.blogspot.com

  • Everyday Uniform
This goes along with point #2 - having fewer choices, but I thought it deserved its very own mention. I have a typical "everyday uniform". It is jeans and a t-shirt or shorts and a t-shirt. Exciting, no?! I told you I'm simple and I think I just proved it! Here's how this goes - I am a stay-at-home mom, I have 2 small children, and we stay home most of the time. I need to wear something that is child-friendly, I can play in, clean in, and get dirty in. I also don't need to put much thought into getting dressed in the morning. I've tried different things in the past, and having a basic uniform is what works for me right now in this season of life.

  • A Basic Routine
The last area that I've simplified is our everyday routine. I tend to be a creature of habit and having a routine everyday works for me. By following a very basic routine, everyone knows what to expect and in what order events happen. It really helps me in knowing when to plan or schedule something like errands or going to the gym. This way I don't plan to get out of the house during nap time or lunchtime and things happen as they should on a consistent schedule.

Slow down, breathe, and simplify you life when you're feeling overwhelmed and stressed out. I do those things and have 5 other habits in my life that help me simplify my days. Emmamariedesigns.blogspot.com

There are my 5 things that I do everyday in order to simplify my days. Most of these things are done out of habit so I really don't have to think too much about them, they just happen. If you are struggling to take control over your days, then try one of these ideas. Look into your life and ask yourself what can I cut out? Or what can I cut back on? Maybe it's having having fewer choices and making fewer decisions. Maybe it's something completely different. Only you can say for sure. As I said before, when I simplify things in my life, I go from being stressed out and overwhelmed to feeling like I've got control over my day once again.

Now that you've heard the different things that I use in my life in order to simplify, it's your turn. What are some things that you have done to purposefully simplify your days?  Do you have any tips or tricks? What is something that you've found helpful? Tell me about it! 

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