SIMPLE WAYS TO MANAGE YOUR DAY AND MAKE LIFE EASIER (SOME FUN, SOME SERIOUS, ALL HELPFUL).
I bet you’re wondering what sort of mystical advice I’m about to impart that’s going to make your life more manageable.
Here’s a secret: it’s not mystical advice. I wouldn’t even call these life hacks. Nothing is extremely clever about what I’m going to say. It’s even a bit random—just to keep you on your toes!
But the following tips are so valuable because they’re designed to help you:
- Be prepared
- Decrease stress
- Increase productivity
Even though most (or all) of these ideas are quite simple, some may be difficult to incorporate. Primarily because, well let’s face it, we’re human. It’s difficult at times to develop good habits, especially when it’s so easy to be lazy.
Let’s not let that stop us! Instead, take these little steps to yield amazingly positive results.
Cover food in the microwave. The food you’re reheating is likely going to splatter all over the place. Go ahead and cover it with a paper towel to minimize the mess you’ll have to clean up later.
Complete a dreaded task first thing in the morning. You know the task I’m talking about. Whether a chore at home or a tedious work project. Once you buckle down and knock it out, you’ll instantly feel more at ease. (Check out this article if you need more tips on how to boost productivity at work.)
Choose ONE spot for your keys. Personally, I use a key organizer that’s hanging in my laundry room adjacent to the garage. But I’m loving the fun nature of this mail + key organizer you can buy on Amazon!
Clear your inbox. Whether personal or professional. Trash unnecessary mail, flag and organize important items, and reply to those waiting to hear from you. Spend a few minutes daily doing this to keep your email in check.
Replace smoke detector batteries. Replace them on a regular basis—annually for 9-volt and every 10 years for lithium. It’s not fun waking up to sirens four times in one night because the battery corroded, the alarms are wired together, and you can’t figure out how to make it stop. Plus, you want them to sound in the case of an actual fire!
Clean something every day. Anything. Pick up that giant pet hair deposit left by your dog or cat. Wipe down your coffee table or window sills. Move dirty clothes from the bathroom floor into the hamper. It’ll freshen up your space, make your designated cleaning day a little easier and help you feel more accomplished.
Throw out leftovers (before they grow mold). Gross, I know. But sometimes after that first week passes and the food goes untouched, it stays. Get it out now so you don’t end up adopting yet another fur baby.
Choose your battles. Sometimes it’s just not worth developing high blood pressure because your coworker is [insert annoying habit here] again, breaking your concentration and driving you up the wall. Instead, talk a walk or a few deep breaths.
Wave and say thanks. Overcrowded highways mean rapidly rising tempers. If someone is courteous to you on the road, let them know you appreciate their kindness with a quick wave. It’ll make them (and you) a little happier and a lot less on edge.
Refill the toilet paper. Nobody likes to refill anything. But if you don’t, you might forget later. And you may find yourself in a position wishing you hadn’t forgotten.
Learn to make salsa. Need a fast, simple appetizer for your next gathering? Create restaurant-quality salsa with just a few ingredients. Fresh tomatoes, jalapenos and a pinch of salt are all you really need (trust me, I’m from Texas). But if you want to get fancy, I stand by this version from Robust Recipes.
Meal prep. Prepping can take anywhere from 30 minutes to hours depending on your needs. Either way, you’ll have ready-to-go lunches and / or dinners for the entire week. Not sure where to start? Check out this article from The Girl on Bloor.
Carry floss. Keep it in your purse or car. I can’t tell you how many times it’s come in handy. Especially at those oh-so-special events (like your friend’s wedding out in the middle of nowhere).
Get off the couch. I’m pretty sure my couch is conspiring against me, sucking me in so I never leave and ultimately stay unproductive. In a case like this, the first step is to get off the couch. Just get up. Once you are, you’ll be able to sort that mail or start a load of laundry. (But remember, there are those times when you should absolutely be a little lazy. Read about them here.)
Earn extra income. Whether to pay unexpected bills or plan your next vacation or home improvement project, everyone loves a little extra in their bank account. The difficult part is making it happen, so dive into these creative ways to make $100 every day!
What good habits make your life easier? Is there something you have to push yourself to do, even though you know it’ll help you in the end?