On simplifying life

How to simplify your lifeThese days I think we tend to overcomplicate life – taking on too much, without ever taking the time to step back and reflect.

By being busy we feel as if we’re achieving, but at times it can begin to feel like a bit of a treadmill. I’ve listed below a few quick ways to get back to basics and pair things back to achieve a bit more clarity.

+ Turn off the TV. You will be amazed at what you can do with those spare hours each day, even if it means just spending more time with the people in your life… you can take back so much time just with one switch.

+ Politely decline invites. You don’t have to accept every invite to every work function/industry night/kids birthday party – take a few minutes to assess every invite before automatically accepting just because your diary is free.

+ Stop shopping. By having less there is less to wash, finance, clean and store; nothing helps to simplify as much as having a de-cluttered home. Often what you have on hand will suffice.

+ Forget the complex recipes. Stick to the basics like good old meat and three veg in order to reduce shopping and cooking time.. or even just outsource a few meals and buy a few pies and quiches from your local bakery, there’s nothing wrong with outsourcing.

+ Meal prep on the weekends. Chop up your fruit and veg when you first get home from the markets/green grocers so that things like melons and sweetcorn are ready to go, and the odd soup or spag bol cooked at the start of the week will always be handy to have on hand for late nights when you just need a couple of meals ready to go. Always always always double the recipe and keep a batch in the freezer.

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