LIFE BY DESIGN IN EVERYDAY ROUTINES
Motivation these days just ebbs and flows. When the mood strikes, be sure to have yourself set up for success. These are four simple ways in which you can simplify your daily routine.
IF IT TAKES LESS THAN TWO MINUTES, DO IT NOW.
Now this one is sometimes easier said than done but, for the most part, I have been sticking to it. So often I have these fleeting reminders to walk an envelope to the mailbox or unload the dishwasher, and something about it being so simple makes me procrastinate and push it to the end of the day. The problem with that is I am left with ninety-seven tiny things I need to do at the end of the day. If it’s a quick little task, I just do it while it’s on my mind.
This one is still fairly new for me, but boy is it working! I love being able to get all of my sweet thoughts out about the good things going on in my life and also have a place for my to-do list in the same notebook. Usually this allows me to sort of unload lots of things from my mind and it has been so nice to be able to truly feel focused on my husband or my daughter when I am with them, and not have something random lingering in the back of my mind.
IF IT DOESN’T HAVE A HOME, IT DOESN’T BELONG HERE.
I am trying to live a more intentional life and while I wish I was a minimalist, I enjoy too many pretty things. If there is an item that comes into our home that somehow does not fit or have a “home” it has to go. There is no room for cluttered countertops or piles on our floors (especially with a new addition to the family) so holding fast to this requirement has kept our home/cars/office, and in turn my mind, less junky.
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MOP AND VACUUM OFTEN.
Nobody really likes to clean their floors (do they?) but there are days when I wish I could run the vacuum more. Before I start working on a project, I clear my desk of anything I don’t plan to use. Our family even clears off our dining table before we start setting it for dinner. There is something about a clean slate that readies the mind for a new adventure, and I use this one every chance I get. Fluff the pillows and clear off the couch before you plop down for a marathon, empty the seats in your car before you take a trip, see if it helps you get centered.