08 Aug DITCH THE LIFE ADMIN – TIPS ON HOW TO STREAMLINE YOUR LIFE
Ever feel like you’re constantly chasing for more time? You’re not alone. In the digitally connected world we live in today, it seems as though we’re constantly switched on. Not only can this take a toll on our physical health, it’s also mentally exhausting and stressful. If your to-do lists are starting to get out of hand and you can’t remember the last time you had some quality ‘me time’, it’s time to take action. One of the best ways to free up time is to get organised with your day-to-day tasks and life admin. A little effort now can make a huge difference in the long run.
Here are 8 tips on how to simplify and streamline your life – so you can focus less on the life admin and do more of what you love.
- DECLUTTER YOUR HOUSE
A house without order sets the tone for a life without order. How many times have you looked around and thought “I don’t even know where to begin…”? Starting a single mammoth purge is overwhelming and will only leave you frustrated and back where you started. Instead, take small steps towards your big goal. Pick 5-10 items a day and work from there. Those loose pens on your desk? Find a settled place for them. Those spare blankets on top of the cupboard? Find a permanent place to store them. Every few weeks combine this with giving some unnecessary stuff to charity and you’ll find a streamlined home and a great feeling of helping others too. Every little action helps as you break old cluttered habits and build new efficient ones.
- ADOPT THE ‘DO IT NOW’ MENTALITY
Stop putting things off for another day. A simple 2 minutes a day completing a small task can mean a wealth of time saved in the long term. For example, make sure you always put away your clothes when you come home from work. The same goes for the dishes – it’s annoying to do them now but it will be 10 times worse when you wake up and there’s a mountain load collecting grime in the sink.
3. TRACKING YOUR SPEND? GO DIGITAL
Budgeting and tracking your finances can be time-consuming when you’re still doing it the old school way i.e. collecting all your receipts and manually typing them into an excel document at the end of the month. Leverage money apps like TrackMySPEND to keep track of your personal expenses on the go. You can categorise expenses, view your purchase history and even create expense reminders sent as text messages when you exceed your intended budget. The app can also autofill expenses based on past entries and sync your profile to be used on multiple devices. Keeping up with your spending has never been easier.
- AUTOMATE YOUR BILLS AND PAYMENTS
Do you always forget to pay your credit card bills on time? If you haven’t already, start automating your bills and payments. You can set this up through your bank so that every month, payments are automatically deducted and you don’t have to worry about damaging your credit rating.
- UPGRADE TO A DIGITAL FILING SYSTEM
Digital clutter is just as bad as physical clutter in terms of making your life more chaotic. If it takes you more than 2 minutes to locate a specific file or photo on your computer, you need to upgrade to a digital filing system. Create 3 or 4 broad folders to match your needs like work, home, friends and family, and use these as launching pads for a streamlined digital life. If that still doesn’t cut it, befriend subfolders.
- MANAGE YOUR INBOX (NOT THE OTHER WAY AROUND)
Don’t let your email inbox consume you. Create a systematic and tiered folder system to organise and file all your emails. Once you’ve read an email and actioned what’s necessary, file it accordingly under its designated folder. It’s also handy to set up email templates for responses that are generic or occur frequently. When you spot one of those emails, you can simply copy and paste, add in a few customised points and hit SEND. This is an absolute time saver when your inbox is flooding with emails.
- BE RUTHLESS
Still receiving emails from that gym you’ve stopped visiting since 6 months ago? Clean up your inbox to make sure you’re only receiving emails that are relevant. Sign up to Unroll Me, where you can see a list of all your subscription emails and unsubscribe instantly with a click from whatever you don’t want.
- LEARN TO DELEGATE
There’s only so many hours in a day, and sometimes it’s simply impossible to get it all done by yourself. The good news is; you don’t have to. Online marketplaces like Airtasker have made it easier than ever to outsource tedious and time-consuming chores. If you have weekly reoccurring chores that needs to be tackled, like grocery shopping and cleaning, instead of exhausting your weekends getting through the to-do list, why not outsource the job? After all, who wouldn’t switch cleaning for brunch with friends instead?
The next time chaos comes into your life, don’t give in. Take a deep breath and start working on ways to streamline your life. Little steps lead to big change, so focus on what you want out of your spare time and work towards achieving it.