Do you sometimes find yourself longing for those days when things were simpler?
With all the shiny new types of modern technology, and the apparent need to always be rushing around, it can often be easy to become over-whelmed, and difficult to find the time to slow down and take a good look at the world around you. Not to mention how tricky it can be to find some quiet time amid the hum of machinery, buzz of traffic, and roar of voices, all competing to be heard in this chaotic modern world we live in.
It's even worse this time of year, when every company that exists is fighting to get us to make their products our choices for Christmas gifts for our loved ones.
So, here are some tips for getting control back, and for finding some simplicity and quiet time amid the chaos.
First of all, here are 9 steps to take control of your day, which will help you with juggling the multitude of tasks you need to fit in to your day. Deanna has plenty of other posts that you might be interested in too.
So, how can you live simpler in this modern world? Well, here are 7 tips that may work for you, and here's a list of five tips you can use to start living a simple life.
Now, when you hear the word "frugal" you probably think of minimalist living, where you have only the bear essentials. That's not the case though. The simple fact is that being frugal really means being sensible, not living beyond your means, and thinking seriously about whether you really need something or just want it to keep up with the joneses, so to speak. So, to help you out, here's some old wisdom for modern frugal living, and 16 ways to save money and live frugally.
IMPORTANT NOTE: Please bear in mind that not all of the tips in the above links will work for everyone. Take the ones that will work for you, and disregard those that simply aren't an option in your case. In other words, find and follow your own path to living more simply and peacefully amid the chaos of this modern world.
What about my own tips? I'm sure you'd like to know what advice I'd give myself? After all, isn't getting my opinion on things at least a part of the reason you're reading this post? Surely you come to my blog to get my opinions on things sometimes? I thought so! OK... Here are my tips for finding simplicity in this modern world of chaos:
1. Schedule some "you" time every day.
This is the most important one, in my opinion. Everyone needs some "you" time. "You" time can be time to do anything that's just for you and relaxes you. Whether that's a daily meditation, a quiet cup of your favourite beverage sipped slowly with no interruptions, or something else. Doing this will give you an oppertunity to recharge, so to speak, and will make facing the rest of your day that bit easier. If you want to go with meditation, there are plenty of guided meditations available online, or you can buy a CD or something. To get you started, check out the daily meditation challenge that Deanna is doing... Click here for day 1!
2. Make a "to do" list, and mark those items that are priorities.
Either first thing in the morning, or before you go to bed the night before, figure out a "to do" list for your day, and make sure to circle or otherwise mark those items that are priorities so you can get those done first. Or, if you write the list on a computer or tablet, rearrange the list when you're done so that you put the most important items at the top of your list, then you can just work your way down it.
3. If you run out of hours in your day, don't panic.
The whole point of marking the most important items on your list is to make sure you get the ones that "must" be done completed. If the less important ones don't get done, it's no big deal. Stressing over not having done them isn't going to help anyone, so don't do it. If they're things it's important you do soon, mark them as priority items on tomorrow's list, otherwise just add them to the list again tomorrow and try again to fit them in.
4. It's OK to say "no" sometimes.
One of the biggest causes of stress is when you take on more tasks than you can handle. So, if you don't have the time to do it, say so. It's better for you to disappoint someone from the start, than to either get so stressed out you have a melt down, or rush the job and not do it properly. Alternatively, if it's something you really want to do, but you have a lot going on right now, ask the person if you can have a longer, or more flexible, deadline to work to.
5. Keeping up with the 'Jones' isn't essential.
Just because everyone else has the new must have item, doesn't mean you have to have it. This especially applies if you don't really have the income to support the buying of the new must have items every time they come out. But, whether you can afford it or not, that doesn't mean you have to buy it. Think about whether you really do want or need it, avoid impulse buys, and always choose functionality over fashion.
6. Reduce, reuse, recycle.
If it ain't broke, don't fix it, and if it is then see if it can be fixed before throwing it out and buying a new one. Also, bear in mind that leftovers make good meals, jars and containers can be used for other things once their original contents are used up, and plenty of people are happy to take second hand items off your hands if they're in good condition. Also, bear in mind that it can be a lot easier to not only keep your home tidy, but also find things when you need them, if you don't have to navigate piles of clutter. So, clear out your clutter, and arrange proper places for things to get put away, and then remember to put them away in their proper places when you're done with them. It might be a lot of work initially, but it wil make things a lot simpler later on... Trust me!
7. If you can, make it yourself.
This especially applies to food, but not exclusively. More often than not, it works out cheaper to make things yourself. Not to mention the fact you can be sure of everything that goes in to your meal if you make it from scratch. Of course, you may not feel you have the skills to make everything from scratch, or it might be time you don't have, and that's fine. However, in most cases it doesn't take much more time or effort to make things from scratch as it does to use the store brought version. So, if you can do it yourself, you really should; it will save you money, and it's healthier. Plus, I happen to think that homemade food usually tastes better. At the very least, buy things to make meals at home, rather than having take-away all the time.
I'm not saying I do a great job of doing these things, but they're the tips I'd give, anyway, and they're things I try to do.
Have any tips of your own? Share them below.