Tips for Managing Mayhem

This week is National Simplify Your Life Week. There are several areas we can all make a little less complicated. Below are some tips to simplify different areas of your life.
        Things you can completely discard. Decide what things you can get rid of. Go through desktops, drawers, bookshelves, and cabinets. If you haven’t used something in the last 12 months, and don’t plan on using it during a different season, then get rid of it. Throw it away, recycle it, or donate it.

        Volunteer position you don’t enjoy. Volunteering should be for causes you care about with people you enjoy spending your time with. If it’s not everything you want it to be, then don’t feel bad for not volunteering anymore. Replace that time with somewhere else you can volunteer or a hobby you enjoy. Your free time should be spent doing things you love.

        Eating takeout. Do you feel like you need to make dinner from scratch every night? Make it easier for yourself by having takeout one night a week.

        Limitations on someone that’s draining. Sometimes it’s people that make life a little messy. Communicate to them that your time and energy needs to be limited. Trying to help someone out is not wrong by any means, but unless they start taking initiative, it’s not helping anymore, but enabling.

        Asking for help. You don’t have to do everything on your own. Know your own limitations. If you’re starting to feel stressed, don’t be afraid to ask for help. For your personal life it could be as simple as hiring a babysitter or a pet sitter. And, if you need extra help with work, consider hiring an assistant or intern.

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