There’s a post that’s been circling around Instagram lately–I’m sure you’ve seen it–that goes something like, “Sorry I didn’t text you back, it’s just that I am exhausted and overwhelmed by everything…” anyway, you’ve seen it. And of course it is true, especially after two years of the pandemic. Being at home all the time has given many people a new perspective on the act of living–not just being alive, but how your environment affects you, and small improvements that make all the difference.
For me, a small improvement that has been making a big difference in my life is simplifying the decisions I make in my life every day. One of the ways I do this is to set out my clothes for the next day the night in advance, like I used to do at school. In the early morning, when I wake up, the last thing I want to do is deal with figuring out what I want to wear, even if it’s the same general thing each day. Taking five minutes in the evening is a big game-changer, and something that’s really improved my morning.
Writing things down in my planner has also–surprise, surprise!–helped me to stay organized. I’ve always been the sort of person who would commit to starting a new planner every year and somewhere around having to turn the first page would give up. Well, it’s still January, but I’m getting in the habit of writing things down, carrying my planner with me, and checking it throughout the day. It’s much more helpful than anticipated!
A third small thing that is improving my life much more than I thought it would (other than financially) is my no-shop January challenge. Clearing my inbox of all but three stores’ emails has really 1) cut back on emails, as I’m not deleting fifty a day; 2) reduced the temptation to waste time scrolling through things; 3) I don’t have to deal with opening deliveries, disposing of packaging, and finding a place for the new thing that isn’t really necessary. It’s surprising how much easier life feels without all this clutter.
That’s not to say I’ll never buy anything again—I still have my eye on those Faye pants!—or even that I think this mindset is practical for the long term. But I’m finding it more and more helpful in cementing my goal to live with fewer and better things.
What small changes have you made that have had an outsized positive effect on your life?