COMBATING THE SUNDAY SCARIES!
Don’t Let Your Monday Ruin your Sunday
August 7th -13th is national Simplify Your Life week!
Simplifying your life means reducing the complexity and getting rid of unnecessary stuff (literal or figurative) so you can have a more straightforward and balanced life.
So, in honor, here are seven ways you can streamline your life, remove distractions, and get to what matters.
1. Simplify Your Mind
This week’s podcast guest, Darryl Bumpass Sr., is just the right person to challenge us to toss out all of the negative mental clutter.
Stop waiting; start creating.
Darryl’s actionable advice will help you simplify by cutting distractions, so you can get out of your own way and start on that thing that you’re complicating by putting off!
There is no better way to kick off National Simplify Your Life week than listening to this week’s episode of the No More Mondays Podcast!
2. Simplify Your Commitments
Are you spending your time on what is most important?
- Take a look at your calendar. What commitments have crept in that are not in alignment with your main priorities and long-term goals?
- Are there commitments you dread but feel like you can’t turn down? Grab a friend and start role-playing “How to say no”. (Even to family. Especially to family.)
- Are you regularly spending time on the people, tasks, organizations, and activities that you say are most important to you?
3. Simplify Your Relationships
How can you cultivate meaningful connections with other people?
- What boundaries can you put in place that would uncomplicate your personal relationships?
- Are there unhelpful, or even toxic, relationships in your life that create worry and stress at every turn?
- Are you initiating opportunities to connect with the important (right) people in your life?
- Do you see the ways other people are genuinely trying to connect with you?
4. Simplify Your Routines
What daily or weekly routines can you establish (or refine) that will provide structure and reduce decision-making fatigue?
- Where can you set up a “launch pad” to gather the items you need when you head out the door tomorrow?
- What is one step you can take to establish (or tweak) your meal planning system? Hints: gather recipes, make a list of favorite dishes, type a list of pantry staples, or create a meal theme for each day like, “Try It Tuesday.”
- Are you saving time by utilizing online shopping and delivery for recurring household basics like food, paper products, cleaning supplies, pet/bird food, etc.?
- Have you created a capsule wardrobe so that getting dressed every morning is easy peasy?
5. Simplify Your Environment
Does your physical environment create a peaceful, functional space to live and work?
- What unnecessary things can you declutter from your physical space? Start with one small area at a time- your desk, your nightstand, your bathroom counter.
- Look at the spaces in your house or office that you use the most. Are they organized in a way that works for you? You might need to change them around to make items more easily accessible or visually pleasing to make you feel good about the space.
- Who can help you modify your environment? You might have a friend or neighbor who can provide fresh ideas. Professional organizers are also a thing.
6. Simplify With Technology
How can you utilize technology to improve daily life and also not be distracted away from necessary tasks and real, human, IRL people?
- Are you using home automation for daily reminders, home safety, and energy reduction? Tech can streamline so much of our daily lives!
- How many “junk” email lists or social media accounts can you unsubscribe from or unfollow in 5 minutes?
→ Please don’t pick us!
- Do you use a password manager to save the 5,371 passwords for your online accounts?
- Are there regular times you put away your phone/tablet/computer and spend quality time with the people around you? Your tech has settings to make this happen.
7. Simplify Your Finances
Does your financial situation stress you out or make you feel stronger?
- Are you using a budget app to track your spending and work within a budget? Tracking your spending for several months can help you identify unnecessary expenses that can be cut out, like the 17 streaming stations you probably pay for every month while actually watching stuff on three…
- Have you set up recurring bills pay so everything gets paid automatically every month?
- Are there subscriptions you can eliminate because you don’t use them regularly or they don’t add significant value to your life?
Cutting stress, time-sucking activities (and people, i.e. energy vampires), and decluttering has never been easy. We just have to commit to eliminating the distractions that keep us from moving forward.
What can you simplify this week?
Here’s to a more straightforward, peaceful week this week and in the weeks to come!
Your Friend and Coach,