Simplify Your Life

Your head is spinning. Everywhere you turn you’re reminded of another task you need to accomplish. You’re thinking about that email you still haven’t responded to, the family member you want to check up on, the dinner reservations you have to make tomorrow, and the thousands of other things that populate your endless to do list. Despite your utter exhaustion, you have trouble sleeping some nights because you can’t stop feeling so incredibly overwhelmed. We’re all busy, but when our lives are full of clutter (both literally and figuratively) it can really exacerbate the stress we experience. Thankfully, every first week of August is National Simplify Your Life Week. So in honor of celebrating this much needed holiday, here are a few ways to declutter, refocus, and relax!



1. Inject some intention into your to do list

A few years ago, I attended a leadership webcast presented by Charles Duhigg, Pulitzer-prize winning author of Smarter Faster Better: The Secrets of Being Productive in Life and Business. As a productivity guru, he shared that it’s okay to have a to do list that includes every little task on it, but the most productive people also write a much simpler, more intentional to do list as well. Only three items should go on this one: the most important thing to get done today, the most important thing to get done tomorrow, and one more thing to get done this month (if the first two things are accomplished). This three-item to do list is a cognitive routine that’ll force you to think about your priorities and remain committed to them, rather than to the thousand other things that may be easier to accomplish, but aren’t as important.



2. Girl, close some tabs
I know I can’t be the only one who has digital clutter in addition to physical clutter…the real question is which is worse 🤷? Regardless, not only are your copious amounts of open tabs and programs slowing down your computer, they’re slowing down your mental energy! If you want to come back to website, don’t just leave the tab open to remind yourself (preaching mostly to myself right now). Instead, start bookmarking important websites and making folders to cut down on your digital clutter. Control, alt, DELETE!

3. Say no
You’re stretched thin enough as it is, but as a strong, ambitious woman it’s in your nature to want to do it all anyway. You want to be able to make your friend’s barbeque, feed your side hustles, do a kickass job at work, and still treat yourself. Instead of jumping to do everything that comes your way, however, take a second and ask yourself if it actually serves you in some way. It’s simple. Is this thing really worth your time, energy, or money? Taking the time to pause and think about this question before making a commitment can really free up some of your time, energy, and money. Sarah Knight sums up this concept in a much more colorful way in her Ted Talk about the The Magic of Not Giving a F***.



4. Purge your closet… and the rest of your house
No matter how much you try, it’s pretty difficult to simplify your life when you feel like you’re living in an episode of Hoarding: Buried Alive. I’m as guilty of it as the next person, but I’ll be celebrating Simplify Your Life Week by going through my closet and being realistic about what I need and what I don’t need. There’s nothing more rewarding than letting go of unnecessary clutter, and it’s even better when you can sell said unnecessary clutter 😉. Certain thrift stores like Plato’s Closet and Buffalo Exchange will buy lightly used clothes, and apps like Mercari allow you sell anything under the sun. Then there’s also the option of donating everything…either way, get it out of your house!

5. Then invest in some Anjé basic clothing
Creating a minimalist wardrobe is a great way to simplify your life. No more stressing about what to wear – just mix and match as you please and know that you’ll look classic and chic! Here at Anjé, we’re all about helping women thrive in tasteful, simple clothing. You can read about the beauty of a minimalist wardrobe in our Motion for Minimalism post from 2018!



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How do you plan to simplify your life this week? Let us know by commenting below!


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