Posts tagged Simple living
Simplify your life: Become part of the 5 am club - own your mornings, elevate your life! [Robin Sharma]

I strongly believe that having a morning routine is essential to ensuring productivity, and is monumental in your journey to success. The mornings are your time to start the day fresh, new, and on your own terms. If the morning flows smoothly, it gives you momentum and energy to tackle the rest of your day. Start strong, finish strong!

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Why perfection increases anxiety, making it the number one enemy of a simple and satisfying life

I am by nature an anxious person. I come from a long line of worriers, and we tend to blow things out of proportion and then freak out because we cannot handle it. Yeah I know, and I am human-enough to admit it. I feel sorry for my husband, and try to hide it from my kids as I do not want to intentionally pass this on to them. I also have insignificant things that bother me, so badly that I cannot really function or pay attention to anything else until it has been fixed. For example, the volume of the radio or television need to be at specific intervals. You cannot have the volume on 11 or 9, it needs to be on 8 or 12 or 15. I don’t care if you cannot hear or if it is too loud, that is where it needs to be. Open cupboard doors. Just close them! Want me off the rails? Have a door bang, or a tap drip, or a window repeatedly creak. You will drive me nuts. I will not label myself as having an anxiety disorder, merely out of fear that the general public will associate people with a few quirks like mine with a severe mental disorder. Yes I do have mild anxiety, but there are people out there who desperately need your help and support, and they need the actual attention.

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Simplify your life: Make meal planning your next big project, and then part of your weekly routine [free printable]

Meal planning is the art of planning, shopping, prepping and executing your meals as if on automation. It takes the stress out of the planning, and the overwhelm out of feeding your family well. Definitely one of the cornerstones of simplifying your life

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Simplify your life: Mess leads to stress so declutter today! [free mini course]

I love the saying mess causes stress. It is definitely true in my life – the messier and chaotic my surroundings, the messier and chaotic my mind. I get anxious when I am surrounded by unorganized untidiness, and even more so when that untidy area is what is supposed to be my safe space – my home. Although clutter has not formally been recognized as a known stressor, the link between a cluttered home and increased levels of cortisol has scientifically been shown, and I am sure many of my readers will agree. Stress is definitely amplified by mess as clutter overloads your senses, just like multitasking overloads your brain.

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Simplify your life: Life hacks to automate your responsibilities and duties, to make your life easier

In my quest for the simple life, I have removed so much from my life that whatever is left can be considered really important. Even life-affirmingly important. Unfortunately, there are still a few things left that, although important, are not that important that I want to spend my decision-making powers on it. Things like paying bills, deciding what is for dinner, and remembering who has their birthday when. Fortunately, there is an easy way to deal with many of these small “annoyances” and errands – automate!

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Simplify your life: decrease your anxiety levels and simplify your life by making budgeting your new best friend

A budget does not control your spending, it simply reminds you to work with your money intentionally. If you want to simplify your life, lower your stress, sort out your anxiety and make life just easier in general, then start budgeting. Having a concrete plan means you do not have to mentally track every financial transaction, freeing up that mental space to rather deal with more pressing matters. Even if you can list “good with money” as one of your top skills, you can still improve your life by creating a monthly budget.

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DECREASE YOUR ANXIETY BY SIMPLIFYING YOUR LIFE: Capsule wardrobe - the productivity secret of many over-achievers [Printable]

Simplify your life, decrease your anxiety and increase your productivity by changing small things. Change your cupboard to a capsule wardrobe - by automating getting dressed, you free up mind and cognitive abilities to rather focus on the more important things. My guide to planning and executing a core capsule, with seasonal items added as the year rolls around

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Decrease anxiety by simplifying your life: For increased productivity and focus become a single-tasker & forget multitasking

Want improved productivity, decreased anxiety, and more time? Then stop multitasking and rather single-task. Another easy way to help you live a simpler life.

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Decrease your anxiety by simplifying your life: Create daily routines to change your life today

Routines are those daily habits, those things that you do exactly the same, at the same time, on the same days. Routine makes kids feel safe, and as an adult, you will notice they have the power to calm and ground you. Knowing what to expect, and preparing for it in advance, takes the surprise (and exhaustion that goes with it) out of your day, freeing up your mind and energy to focus on the things that matter.

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Can simple be minimal, and minimal be simple?

Although one could consider these two concepts two sides of the same coin, they are definitely not the same. If taken literally, they are not even similar. Simplicity implies to remove or reduce complexity, while minimalism implies removing or reducing quantity. Sometimes the two can link or contribute to the success of the other, but it is not always the case. To me, minimalism deals with my possessions, while simplicity deals with my thoughts and emotions. That is what attracted me to the simple life – the chance to remove complexity from my thought processes in order to free up brain-space to focus on other things. Let me explain.

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Simplify your life - Capsule wardrobe: My summer capsule wardrobe

A while ago I told you about my newest obsession - capsule wardrobes. I shared with you both my kids’ capsule wardrobes for winter, and my own core capsule. Today I want to show you my summer capsule.

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