1. Write things down – we are so caught up in a technological age and often depend on our phones, ipads, and more to tell what to do and when. What happened to a good ole’ planner? I use my iCal and google calendar don’t get me wrong, but I’ve found that having a written schedule is crucial in maintaining consistency.
2. Unsubscribe – clear out your inbox of all the junk newsletters, promos, and extra “stuff” that just sits there. I can’t concentrate on my work when my inbox says “462 unread emails”. Easy ways to get that number down (and keep it down) quick are unsubscribing from all the garbage you don’t read anyways. Keep a few of your favorite brands, but the rest can go.
3. Simplify – get the ‘less is more’ mentality in your mind and keep it there, for every area of your life. The less you have to do or get done, the easier tasks seem. I don’t know about you, but having a long, daunting to do list makes me less motivated and I usually end up getting nothing done.
4. Smile – someone special in my life is constantly telling me to smile, even if I’m not necessarily on the inside. But the simple gesture of a smile can make your mood better and you have no idea who it will affect around you either.
5. Set a bedtime – one thing I learned in 2013 was that my body literally cannot function without adequate sleep. Rather than staying up to wee hours and cramming in a blog post or poking around on pinterest (we’re all guilty), I forced myself to sleep and woke up feeling rested ready to tackle the day. Set yourself a bedtime and stick to it – you need time to recover for the next day ahead!
This list could really be endless, but I narrowed it down to five (simplify, right?) that impacted my life + schedule the past months. Whether you’re a blogger, stay at home mom, still in school, or work full time, all of these can apply to you in some way.
Tomorrow I’m sharing some more tips for 2014 – don’t miss it!