1. I controlled the things I could control.
This helps me to cope with the things I cannot control. For example, I can’t control the crazy backed up construction traffic on my morning commute. I can control my morning schedule by planning my outfit and packing my lunch the night before, getting up on time and sticking to my morning routine. I always give myself more time than I need to get to work, so if I leave the house on schedule – the traffic won’t make me late for work.
2. I signed up for Target’s subscription delivery service.
Every four weeks, a box of cat litter will show up at my door. I don’t have to struggle to load the 25 pound box into my cart, into my trunk or into the house. It just shows up – and the shipping is free! I’m loving this concept! Here’s a great post that compares the pros and cons of Target, Amazon and Sam’s Club’s subscription services, if you’re interested.
3. I reminded myself that doing something is always better than doing nothing.
This principle always applies when I have a string of migraines. When I really don’t feel like thinking or moving, it’s hard to get any work done. I had a list of housekeeping chores that needed to be done, so one day I chose to just do all the laundry. It was the least active chore that still gave me immediate benefit. The floors didn’t get mopped that day, but we had clean underwear.
4. I listened to Chonda Pierce in the car while running errands.
Sometimes you need to turn off the news and just laugh!
5. I ran my errands after sunset.
It’s so hot and muggy right now in South Carolina! Typically I stop at the store on my way home from work to save time and gas, but there’s no reason to get extra hot and sweaty from being out in the hottest part of the day. It’s much less oppressive after the sun has set. Staying cool is the name of my game!
What can you do to simplify your life?