6 Ways To Make Life A Little Easier

Monday, September 5, 2016

Six little things that could make a big difference:

Keep track of friends' schedules

With our main method of absorbing information being through our phones, where we read messages on the go and give them only half our attention, it's easy for info not to stick. It happens to me, and I feel guilty when it's something exciting or important in a friend's life that's slipped my mind. So I've started adding some of it to my own calendar – their first day at a new job, days they'll be out of town, etc. Maybe it's creepy, but it keeps me from asking about something they've already told me AND gives me the opportunity to check in with them about it.

Use that "Add to Reading List" button

I often come across blog posts, articles, and videos on my Twitter feed at a time where I can't actually click into them. So I've gotten into the habit of using Safari's handy "Add to Reading List" button. Throughout the day, I add links to the list, and then go back to them at a more convenient time.

Maintain a nightly routine

Dedicate some time before going to bed to actually get ready for bed. Take your makeup off, wash your face, moisturize, brush your hair. Be nice to your skin and to your body. Even if it's late, properly unwinding will make all the difference.

Do things when you think of them

Especially if it's only going to take a few minutes anyway. You could tell yourself you'll do it later, but there's no guarantee that you actually will. Far too often I've taken a rain check on washing dishes or cleaning up a small area, and before I know it, it's gotten worse and I've given myself even more to do. If you take care of it right away, it's DONE, and your Future Self will thank you.

Have weekly pamper nights

Big or small. For me, it's Sunday nights, the perfect time to decompress and prepare myself for the week ahead. Painting my nails, taking bath, putting on a face mask, whatever I'm in the mood for. Spend (at least) one night a week devoting some quality time to yourself.

Plan and reflect

This can be done in many forms – to-do lists, post-it notes, mental reminders. For me, bullet journaling is my primary outlet. Every Sunday, I write down any events or appointments that are coming up for the week, along with important tasks to complete. At the end of each day, I reflect. Weekly habit trackers log if I worked out, read, drank enough water, went to bed at a decent hour, etc. Planning and reflecting will keep you more organized and self-aware.

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