4 Things I've Been Doing To Make Life Easier

Sunday, June 24, 2018

Last week I talked about things I want to do during the second half of the year. Now I want to talk about things I'm already doing. Little efforts that make life easier.

1. Preparing for my day the night before.
It's not uncommon for me to fall asleep on the couch at 10 p.m. while watching Netflix, then wake up at midnight and stumble to bed. As relaxing as it feels in the moment, I regret it every morning when I'm scrambling to get everything together before leaving for work.

My weekday mornings go a million times smoother when I've prepped everything before going to bed. I get my gym stuff together, schedule my coffee maker to brew, pack my lunch bag, and pick out an outfit. (Honestly, the last one is key or else I'll spend 20 minutes being very indecisive about what to wear because it feels like everything looks bad on me.) Then in the morning, I can grab and go.

2. Giving people the benefit of the doubt.
This is a secret key to happiness. It's like that quote about how holding on to anger or resentment is like drinking poison and waiting for the other person to die. I see it all the time. Assuming the worst from people hurts no one but you. Instead, I focus on being empathetic, believing what somebody is saying unless I have a reason to suspect otherwise, taking things at face value. It's put me in a much more positive mindset. Empathy can get you far.

3. Viewing working out as a completed task.
I try to check at least one thing off of my to-do list every day, even if it's small. However, there are many days where I'm not getting home until 8 p.m., too tired from work or the gym to do anything else. It leaves me feeling guilty and lazy for not doing more. Here's the thing, though: Working out is doing something.

Not doing any additional chores or cleaning once I'm home doesn't mean I did nothing that day. I exercised. That's something. If I have the energy to do more, great. If not, I'm not going to beat myself up about it anymore. (Note to self: Counting working out as a completed task also means that I can/should skip when needed to give my attention to other tasks that need to be completed.)

4. Asking for help.
This applies both personally and professionally. I hate asking people for help because I feel like I'm a burden. It's important, though, so I've been trying to be more cognizant of when I need it. If others are willing to lend an extra hand, why not accept that offer to ease the weight on my shoulders?

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