12 Simple Ideas That Will Make Your Whole Day Better


Let’s face it, 21st-century living can be hectic. Lots of commitments, lots of things we want to do and lots to keep up with. It’s no wonder more and more of us are becoming overwhelmed.

For a simpler (and better) today and tomorrow try a combination of or all of the following.

1) Slow Down
If you’re feeling constantly rushed and in a state of motion all the time then slowing down occasionally is a must. You can’t, despite your best efforts, be in constant motion and be at your best. You need to know when to take your foot off the gas and just rest a little.

Ironically slowing down can also mean we get more (not less) done!

2) Forget the Small Stuff (Go 80/20)
You can’t do it all so why try?

Vilfredo Pareto’s 80/20 rule states that in any particular pursuit that we undertake approximately 80 percent of the results may come from just 20 percent of our efforts.

What this means is that there are a fair few of us that are spinning our wheels most of the time. Or put another way, we are majoring in the minors.

If instead we identify and focus on the 20 percent that really matters (the big result producing stuff) we are more likely to achieve more and live a life more on our own terms.

Stop sweating the small stuff and choose the 80/20 route instead.

3) Embrace Simpler Living
Living simpler offers many advantages. It means we need less and want for less. It means we are focused on the important and let someone else sweat the less important. It means we streamline and hack away the things that are not essential.

Living a simpler life in, what can be, a complex world at times takes some guile but is worth the effort. It gives back much.

4) Leave Multitasking to Someone Else
Multitasking is a great way to spin plates and do lots of things sub-optimally. It often means we start but don’t finish. It also means we’re not fully engaged with what we’re doing but rather thinking about what’s to do next. None of these scenarios are ideal.

Another way is to forget multitasking and instead focus simply on one thing at a time until completion and then move onto the next task.

5) Free Up Your Diary and Learn the Power of No
Your diary doesn’t have to be full to the brim with appointments and commitments. In fact, if you’ve performed some 80/20 analysis on your time and tasks (as discussed in number two), your diary should start to have more space in it.

Make sure you’re saying yes to the right invites. The invites that mean you get to spend time with those you care about, or on things you care about or that get you closer to your goals.

Learn to say a polite “No, thank you” to invitations that don’t fit this bill. The ones that don’t add to your life in some way.

Learn to love and protect a little space in your diary.

6) Make Time
“I don’t have time” is becoming one of the most overused phrases in our culture. What it often means is we don’t see something as a priority or perhaps we have our priorities slightly skewed.

We need to make time for those things and people that are truly important to us in our lives.

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SOURCE: The Huffington Post
Carl Phillips

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