Did you know that the first week of August is National Simplify Your Life Week? Given I have so much on my hands right now, this speaks to me – though who am I kidding?? I’ve been wanting to simultaneously do more and simplify my life for at least a decade. It’s the tired perfectionist in me I’m sure, worrying I’m not doing enough the right way, all while while brewing another cup of coffee.
Have you felt the pull to s l o w d o w n ? ? ? ? ?
How do you tackle that without sleeping through your responsibilities? Some standard options are to do lists, or upping your planner game, setting timers – or there are some of you who give in to the stress and just take a nap or binge watch Netflix and procrastinate? Simplifying can mean getting big enjoyment from little things, really being mindful and taking stock.
Here are some ways I simplify:
Step away from the devices – I have a goal of one hour per instance multiple times per week. (admittedly a hard goal for me, but I’m working on it)
Bake something that requires focus and multiple steps – bread is always a good option (here, here, here, or here)
Write it down , cross three things off my list and then take a power nap
Cook something fragrant low and slow with minimal effort – soups are a go to in this category
Schedule a donation pick up and purge things that no longer serve us (my pick up is scheduled for 8/11). I love doing this for two reasons, one it allows me to share things with my community and two, having a date forces me to get it done.
Say no – if it doesn’t get me closer to my goals or bring me joy I give myself permission to pass (as a born and bred people pleaser, this is admittedly a hard goal for me, but I’m working on it)
I use my hands to sew or paint or draw or craft with Charlie
Trade in coffee for tea. Tea just inherently gives me a sense of inner calm that I love. I like to kick my coffee habit for a few weeks several times a year. My body also likes the decrease in caffeine.
I play with my son – bubbles or pushing him on a swing or sitting in our kiddie pool are all sure to bring joy.
Deep breathing and a non-negotiable bed time.
My goals for this year’s simplify your week:
file my back log of documents (at home and at work)
purge clothes that no longer bring me joy
cut down to only one cup of coffee per day *bonus points for only tea