I started a new job back in February and whilst I’m really enjoying it, it’s also taking a lot of my brain space so I’m implementing a few things to help with simplifying my life at the same time. It may sound impossible to simplify whilst being extra busy, but it’s not, I promise! I thought I’d share a few of the things I’m doing with you all in case you could do with some simplifying too.
Re-discovering My Routines
When I get extra busy I forget to do things like organising my mornings and using my Sunday night’s to their full advantage, so I’m bringing all of that back to the fore. This means doing things like packing my bag at night, choosing my clothes and planning ahead for anything else I have on the next day. Being organised and having routines in place frees up my brain for more important things and keeps me from feeling stressed and overwhelmed.
Meal Planning and Bulk Cooking
It’s not unusual for us all to fall into bad eating habits when we’re extra busy, so to combat that I’m relying heavily on my old friends meal planning & bulk cooking to help with simplifying my life. This way I know exactly what I’m going to be eating that week, I have what I need on hand and it’s healthy as well. This goes for both lunches and dinners, and by doing some bulk cooking it doesn’t matter how brain-fried I at the end of the day, I know I have something delicious ready and waiting for me at home.
One big way I’m simplifying my life is by making sure I do a digital detox as often as I can. This means no mindless time spent on my iPad in the evenings or popping the tv just because I can. Instead I’m making sure I carve out time to read a book in the evenings before bed to help me unwind. It makes me sleep so much better as well. Speaking of sleep, I’m also making sure I’m going to bed nice and early too!
I’m using single-tasking in both my work and home life at the moment (well, as much as I can at work!) and it really does make a difference. At home this means sticking to one thing at a time – so no more scrolling my phone while eating dinner! At work I’m really aiming to focus on whatever is the highest priority without frequently checking my emails or flitting between tasks. It allows me to get more done in a shorter time with less stress – wins all round!