Whether you're drowning in to-do lists, find yourself in a slump or feeling like you're so low on energy that you can't get anything done; this collection of tips is bound to help you find your footing again and improve your day-to-day life. Read along!
RISE EARLY AND GIVE YOURSELF TIME TO WAKE UP
Believe me, I know how tempting it is to stay in bed until you've just enough time to jump into your clothes, make yourself at least a bit presentable for work and speed off in a hurry but, really, life is so much easier when you've had a good start to your day instead of a rushed one. It all starts with recognising how many hours of sleep you need, then you can plan out when to go to bed so that it's easier to get up in the morning. Give yourself enough time to have a decent breakfast, an awesome cup of coffee and bathroom time during which you don't even have to keep your eye on the clock. You'll never have to worry about forgetting anything either, and you can even get some tiny to-do's done in those five minutes you've spared.
MAKE YOUR BED WHEN YOU GET UP
It gives a tidier, cleaner impression, making it all the more tempting to get into it again on time in the evening. ;)
KEEP YOUR WORKSPACE AND KITCHEN CLEAN
A tidy workspace will only motivate you to get some work done. It's prettier to look at AND more fun to work in. Fill it with inspiring words and pictures for an extra touch!
As for the other thing; when you're not a classic nine-to-fiver, coming home quite late and still having to cook yourself a meal becomes quite the challenge on most days. Having a clean kitchen will make it a lot more alluring to still start working on something yummy and healthy instead of quickly ordering some take-out. Same goes for your fridge; keep it clean, throw out all the things that didn't make it to their expiry date and make a mental note to yourself on what you really need in the fridge without making it go bad.
SPREAD OUT YOUR CHORES
Ever since I moved out of my parents' house and into my apartment, I found myself putting off tasks and chores, such as cleaning, until I had a full day to spend on them. As a result, all my days off work were dedicated to grocery shopping, cleaning my living space and chores that were long overdue. I realised that there is no rule whatsoever that forces me to do these mandatory things on my to-do list all at once, and so I started to spread them out throughout the course of a week, giving myself one or two small tasks every day after work, like vacuuming or mopping the floors, thoroughly cleaning the bathroom, refresh my cats' litter boxes, etc. The result? I started enjoying these little tasks more since I tended to make them more fun so I could get them over with and still spend some time relaxing the same night, AND I could do so much more fun things on a day off, which takes away a whole lot of unnecessary stress as it is.
FOCUS ON YOUR TASKS AND TACKLE THE MOST DAUNTING ONE FIRST
Keeping your least favourite task for last is pretty obviously a bad idea, as you would just keep putting it off with the excuse of not having enough time for it anymore. Do that one first, leaving the smaller, (slightly) more fun tasks for afterwards. Also, while multi-tasking really sounds like a dream, it's not always the best idea when it comes to your stress levels. Just do one at a time and see how far that takes you. You'll probably feel better once they're done, however long they take to complete.
WRITE DOWN YOUR HOPES AND DREAMS
Having your ambitions right there on paper makes them all the more official, doesn't it? Don't hold back, either, the crazier, the better! You never know that describing them while you're at it will make them more realistic and doable, and motivate you to actually chase them into reality.
MAKE TIME FOR THE THINGS YOU LOVE AND ALLOW YOURSELF THE OCCASIONAL SPLURGE.
Whether it's playing with or walking your pets, binging your favourite tv series, going to watch a brand new film or just pampering yourself with the occasional - and totally allowed - Lush splurge (all autobiographic): you should definitely include them on that to-do list, just for sheer happiness purposes.
READ A BOOK INSTEAD OF MINDLESSLY SCROLLING
During the day when you're taking a break, and/or especially before bed, as it is so much better for you to make your eyes sleepy by reading an old-school book instead of watching a screen right before dozing off. Leave social media for what it is for a second (a dozen of little triggers) and pick one, enticing and enriching story instead. It's infinitely more calming and will help you stay focused in the long run.
What do you think helped smoothen that daily life of yours?