Happy new year!! Most times, when a new year comes around, we resolve to do more things, achieve more goals or see more places. But it’s always refreshing to go back to the basics, wether it be to save more time, money or mental energy. If you are looking to simplify your life a bit, here are 5 easy ways to do it!
Use a password manager:
Using a password manager (such as Last Pass) can seriously save you time and mental energy. I didn’t even realise how much stress it was causing me to remember various usernames and passwords until I started using Last Pass. Since it also generates secure passwords, I can use a different password for each website and not have to worry about remembering it!
A lot of our life revolves around stuff. Paying for it, caring for it, cleaning around it or even searching for it amongst other stuff. I have found that having fewer, higher quality items that I enjoy looking at and using is infinitely better than having cupboards full of random junk. In some cases, it may even help you move into a smaller space and save you a fair chunk of money.
If you are interested, Zen Habits has a quick guide to get you started.
Cooking a large batch of food (or even prepping ingredients) in advance can save a lot of time on weeknights. Not only does it save cooking time, it minimises the time you need to spend cleaning up as well, which is a win in my books. Meal prepping has freed up my evenings, allowing me to have time to write blog posts or to socialise with friends more.
Automate where possible:
With so much technology now available, there is no reason to spend time on mundane tasks that can be automated. Whether it’s automatically adding weekly meetings to your calendar or setting up direct debits so you don’t miss a due date, automation can save you a lot of hassle.
IFTTT (If this then that) is a great site with plenty of applets that can automate pretty much any aspect of your life. For my blog, I find it a great way to manage some of my social media tasks.
Just say no:
Many times, we take up extra responsibilities or tasks that we really don’t want to, simply because it’s awkward or uncomfortable to say no. But by gently and politely declining any invitations or obligations that you are not thrilled about, you are more able to concentrate on the things that make you happy.
Interested in more posts on minimalism? Check out the lifestyle section here.
How do you simplify your life? Leave me your best tips in the comments below!
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