I bet you thought I was just going to say, do yoga every day, buy a Buddha figurine, a candle and some incense and, There You Go! or Voila! (if, you’re French)….A Simple Artful Life. That’s good, but, no. I tried that for a tinsy second and it didn’t really stick. Be real, we Americans like our stuff. We can, however:
- Get organized and beautify your space. Keeping things simple in your living space is essential to living a simple life. The first thing I do is tidy up the space, then, I will go around and put like things together. Many times this creates a fresh new décor idea and other times I decide it all can go and make a home somewhere else. “I only keep things around that make me feel good or are functional in some way. Discard or donate the rest.” says Meghan Livingston De-clutter and Decorate with reused items. Put stuff away in Jars, Baskets and Pretty Boxes you already have. Shop at thrift stores, but, only buy things that will bring added value to your life. Take time to think about purchases; don’t be impulsive. “Get rid of stuff you are saving for when you ‘might’ need.” says Meghan
- Get control of your cluttered mind. Yes, one of the biggest problems with being unproductive, disorganized and completely void of Zen is when we don’t take time to ourselves to unplug and chill. I am saying it is essential. Stress is a symptom of not doing this. All practices on this site that involve breathing or meditating or taking a quiet moment are meant as tools for this purpose. I like to use journal writing to get things out of my head and on paper. I save ideas in the Keep app, Evernote, on Pinterest, or email notes to myself so I won’t forget them. I love using little notebooks to track my lists for shopping, tasks and ideas. They keep my mind tidy…. lol.
Taking a few moments each day to – check out – is important to our well-being. Here is a practice I like to use. Lie on your back with hands resting on your belly. Take a few moments to just breathe easily and deeply through your nose. Inhale through the nose filling your upper chest, expanding your lungs and abdomen. Exhale fully, count as you inhale fully and exhale for an extra count or two. Continue until you feel completely relaxed.
- Procrastination is not good for productivity or living the life you love. Procrastination is a Zen killer. I like to say get the chores done so you can Play. I’m 50 and I still say it! I know you have heard me go on and on about the genius of Mel Robbins’ #5secondrule for as she puts it “getting sh*t done!” I believe this works without a doubt. I also believe in prioritizing tasks, however, I will often make myself do the worst job first so I can just breeze and smile my way through the rest of the work. Meghan Livingston reminds us how much better life is when you “Do As You Go.” To me this means:
- make bed when you get up
- put dishes in the dishwasher when you finish eating
- take the trash out
- put the clothes away
- fold the clothes when the dryer is done
- deal with the mail
- throw crap away
- recycle bins not the table, counter or floor
- pay the bill, etc.
- Use Gretchen Rulein’s One Minute Rule
“If, it takes less than one minute do it now.”
- Managing our time is a big factor in how we live our life. Do we rush around in overwhelm or do we walk in a world of “I’ve got this?” You may have to start these smart habits to Live A Life You Love.
- Don’t answer the phone, email or any other Smartphone beep or bell when you are working on a priority. Especially, when using time blocking, don’t let distractions create the Monkey Mind (a yoga term) or you won’t get your priorities done. Learn to say no, if, it serves you.
- Time Blocking using different calendars for different areas of your life is helpful and schedule similar tasks together. I love how Amy Landino uses a Get Stuff Done Calender. I just might have to start one of those.
- Scheduling time is really important. I find that, if, I don’t schedule it I don’t do it, or I go back to default activities like cleaning, checking email, wandering around Pinterest, etc. I like to do similar tasks together so I can do work in my office like bookkeeping and phone calls in the same Block. I can do online videos in between yoga students while I’m already set up for yoga. Amy says, “Well, if, I’m doing things I need to do that require looking nice, I group these things on a day when I have spent my time to be Camera Ready.” I call these Glam Days when I go out and have lunch with My Mom or a friend, meet with a client or have on-camera and Studio assignments to do. I like to have all these scheduled after an early morning mani/pedi and a cut and style. Glam Day!
I will be creating a series of posts later about time management and priorities. Another series is in the works about Money Management. These programs have been working for us and we think you will love how SIMPLE they are. We want to help get stuff done and de-clutter your mind and ours.
- Another big topic of conversation in the Wellness community lately has been limiting beliefs and negative self-talk. The bottom line is that these things serve no one. Notice how often you are doing these things and stop yourself. Mel Robbins suggests practicing replacing the belief with a new one, so, when you hear your inner voice saying mean things to you, have a better thought ready and focus on that. I personally thought I was not guilty of this one, but, I have heard myself call me stupid more times since I started listening, than anyone has ever said a harsh word to me. I really say it to myself a lot. Now, I say, no …. I’m Brilliant!
- Speaking of treating ourselves bad. I think it is appropriate to mention here that we are not always treating our bodies well either. When we buy junk food, eat too many meals in the car from the drive-thru, lay around, don’t make good sleep a priority and never exercise. This does not serve us, either. We need to take care of ourselves, nobody else will. We must care. We must motivate. We must create the life we want.
I hope these things added value to your day and help you on the Journey toward The Life You Love!
Namaste – Michellle