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5 Ways To Make Your Life Easier

If you are like most people, you are burning the proverbial candle at both ends.

People and responsibilities are constantly vying for your time and attention while simultaneously wearing you down.

Here is how you can change the narrative in your life to make things easier so you can enjoy it more.

5 Ways To Make Your Life Easier

Rethink Your Landscape

Do you appreciate the look and feel of real grass around your home but do not have the time or energy to maintain it?

You are certainly not alone. Caring for a lawn and keeping it looking great is a time-consuming task that takes away from other moments in your life.

Fortunately, you have an easy alternative to real grass. 

Install synthetic grass on your property for the aesthetic appeal of a lush and green lawn, yet none of the responsibility.

All of the time you used to spend cutting the grass and ridding your lawn of unsightly weeds can now be spent on a nice chair in the backyard while reading a good book or playing with your family. 

Take this idea a step further by trying the xeriscape ideal.

With xeriscaping, you reduce the amount of extremely water-dependent plants in your yard by replacing them with hardscape features such as rocks and boulders.

Drought-tolerant plants are easily incorporated into this design as they require less energy and maintenance while still bringing an organic component to your outdoor space, too.

Meal Prep on the Weekend

Figuring out what to eat equates to a significant amount of time lost to indecision or decision fatigue each week.

Make a change in how you approach meals, and food in general, by embracing meal preparation.

The concept is easy as long as you follow through on doing it. 

Here are the steps:

  1. Create a list of recipes to eat during the week. Look for ones where ingredients will overlap so you can make multiple dishes using the same ingredients without becoming bored of the flavours.
  2. Pull the individual ingredients from the recipes to make a shopping list.
  3. Either go grocery shopping or order online for pickup or delivery. Do what works best for your schedule to make your life easier.
  4. Once you have the groceries, begin preparing them. Look at each recipe to determine what needs to be chopped, boiled, baked, marinated, etc. Prepare as much as you can so all you need to do on a weekday is pull out the ingredients and finish preparing it. Alternatively, you can fully make and assemble the meals and place them in individual containers to grab and go or reheat at home.

Remember to be creative with your recipes so you still enjoy your food and continue to eat well.

Look at different recipes while binge-watching a show to find delicious ways to put leftovers to good use and avoid food waste.

Prepare the Night Before

Suppose you have ever experienced the nerve-wracking stress and frustration of running throughout your home trying to pull everything together to get going because you woke up too late.

In that case, you will appreciate incorporating this into your life – prepare your things the night before.

This idea applies to the night before work, going out with friends, having family over for dinner, just anything. 

You probably have the same general routine on work mornings, but if you are running late, the routine goes out the window.

The key to making this work is to lay out your clothing the night before.

Include everything from accessories to shoes so all you need to do is pick it up and put it on.

Pack your bag with any work essentials and get your meals ready.

Set the coffee pot timer and your alarm.

Once you are done with these items, you will sleep better knowing your morning will be better than usual.

Reduce Procrastination

This is a tough one for many people. Procrastinating seems to be baked into people’s DNA, somehow.

And yet, there are actionable ways you can make a change in how you approach tasks, especially ones you are not looking forward to doing or you find intimidating.

One thing to keep in mind if you are a procrastinator is how good you feel when you finish a task and how little time the thing you were putting off actually took you to do.

Watch this video to learn tips on how to stop procrastinating and avoid it altogether.

Use a Calendar

Calendars are your friend. You should use one for everything from allotting time in your busy schedule to exercise to jotting down appointments for yourself and your family.

The key to success when using a calendar is to find a system that works for you.

What that boils down to is implementing something that you will realistically use and stick with.

Luckily, there is an abundance of offerings to pick from.

If you are tech-savvy, use the app on your phone or opt for a free service that updates seamlessly between your phone and laptop.

You can share your digital calendar or create a new one for family members to add items so everyone is in sync.

Other options include a paper calendar, but you will need to ensure you have it easily accessible.

Wall calendars or whiteboard calendars are also viable options to stay on top of everything in your busy life.

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