How Routines Can Simplify Your Life
I’m not the worlds most organised person. In my 20’s and early 30’s my life was in a constant state of chaos. I could never find anything, I was always late to appointments, and it seemed I could never get ahead or on top. That was until I discovered how routines can simplify your life. Once I established some helpful routines, I was able to quickly go from chaos to smooth sailing. My life became organised, and I began achieving the goals I set for myself.
If you’re looking for an easy way to simplify your life so that you can free yourself from chaos – this post is for you. In it, I’m sharing the 3 routines I put in place to go from chaos to simplicity.
Calm the chaos in the closet
The first thing I did to go from chaos to simplicity was to look at all the parts of my life that were in disarray. My closet was the worst. I had a bad habit of buying clothes without thinking about how they fit with what I already owned. The result was a wardrobe full of beautiful items that I couldn’t make a decent outfit from.
So my first task was to go through everything in my closet, create any cute outfits from what I had, and then make a list of what I needed to fill in the gaps so I could create a functional wardrobe. Once that was done, I organised my closet into outfits.
Does that sound a little OTT? Maybe, but now I have a time-saving routine that helps me turn up to every appointment on time and looking stylish and professional. Win!
Here’s the routine:
Every Sunday evening I organise my outfits into what I’m wearing Mon-Fri. I check my schedule and identify where I will be and who I am meeting. Each outfit is chosen based on how I need to present for my appointments that day. For example, a meeting with my bank manager will require a more sensible outfit than a lunch date with my photographer. And if I have a yoga class in the afternoon, then I need an outfit that allows for a quick and easy change. I line up each outfit (shoes & correct underwear included) and then I know I’m ready for a smooth-running morning each and every day.
How does this routine help?
- Eliminates time wasted in the morning with the dreaded question “What am I going to wear today?”
- Helps me feel confident that I look my best every day. When you look good, you feel good.
- Saves me money because I’m not regularly buying new clothes.
The Daily To-Do List That Really Works
I do not function without a to-do list. Without one, I get distracted by all the shiny things. Before I established routines to simplify my life, my days were always filled with fun, but I never got the promotion at work or any of my business ideas off the ground.
Here’s the routine I use now:
Every morning I sit at my desk and use Brendan Burchard’s brilliant Day Planner. Then I write my to-do list. I place an A or B next to each thing on my list. The A’s are must do’s, and the B’s are things that if not done today, become tomorrow’s A’s. I also limit my list to no more than 6 items. A never-ending list can become overwhelming and disheartening, you want to feel like you can accomplish every task you set yourself.
How does this routine help?
- Keeps my mind focussed on what’s important
- Helps me achieve big goals without feeling overwhelmed
- Frees up time to do fun things because I’m organised and on top of the essential tasks. Once they’re done, the rest of my day is mine to do as I wish
Simplify Your Food, Simplify Your Life
You know that feeling when lunchtime rolls around, and you’re so hungry, but there’s nothing in the fridge so you either
- Go hungry
- Eat bread and butter sandwiches until you’re bloated
- Order über eats and then immediately regret it because now you’re stuffed & lethargic
Here’s the routine I use to avoid this situation:
Every week I write a menu plan. I try to make dinner dishes that are easy to cook and make enough for leftovers. Those leftovers become lunch for the next day. What could be simpler – 1 cook = 2 meals?
Once I have my menu plan, I order all the ingredients I need online for home delivery. Then every night I make a delicious, healthy dinner and pack the leftovers into Tupperware, ready for lunch the next day.
How this routine helps:
- I save time and money, knowing what I’m eating.
- I stay healthy and don’t worry about epic food blowouts and getting stuck eating junk food because there’s nothing to eat in the house.
- I always feel good and have plenty of energy to get through my day.
- I don’t worry about putting on weight.
From Chaos To Simplicity -Quickly
These 3 routines are how I started to simplify my life. I have a few more that I will share with you in another post, but these 3 were the ones that took me from chaos to simplicity quickly. I hope they help you too.
If you’re seriously looking at simplifying your life, I’ve written a 3 step journaling process to help you. You can check out part 1 here.