How to Live a Simple and Balanced Life


Lately, I have felt the need to finally create some semblance of balance and simplicity in my life, as most days I feel that I could be doing a whole lot better.  So it's time I simplified things and brought back some balance to our lives; and I have come up with a list of ideas to help me along.

I have been a SAHM to two children for over 8 years, and am now going back to school via correspondence to enter a brand new career field which will allow me to work from home!  Then, once my youngest is in kindergarten in two years, I can switch to working outside of the home.  But I need to learn how to balance it all!

Some of the ideas below are from my own experiences, that I have actually implemented in my life; and some I am still working towards.  If you happen to be in the same boat, as a lot of people are, I do hope you find this list inspirational.

1. Simplify.  Identify what is important to you and focus on those things, try to find ways to eliminate everything else (deligate, hire help, automate); this will change as you go throughout your life.  Learn to live with less, keep only what gives you joy and adds value to your life.

2. Streamline your life.  Focus on one system at a time (laundry system, paperwork system, errands system, email system, cleaning system...) and try to make it simplified & efficient.

3. Time management.  Including selecting certain times of day to check email, read blogs, etc.  Evaluate your commitments & how you spend your time.

4. Support.  Have the whole family, children included, help in household tasks & chores.

5. Prepare in advance, create routines.

6. Organize.  Have a home for everything.

7. Manage finances, simplify your budget (see my post here - 8 Steps to Organizing Your Finances).  Decide what is "enough" and stop buying, limit your purchases.

8. Declutter.  Purge your household stuff including your email, RSS feeds, etc.  A cluttered house is a cluttered mind.  Start with the big stuff and go from room to room, closet to closet, drawer to drawer.

9. Spend more time with people you love, as well as yourself!  Maintain your friendships.

10. Learn to say no more often.  It can get overwhelming when you are always saying "yes."

11. Limit & simplify your electronics (email, TV, cellphones, computer...)

12. Live in the moment.
13. Create weekly meal plans & keep it simple.

14. Create and keep an exercise habit.

15. Use your car less often.  Walk the kids to school, take the bus to the pool...

16. Find a hobby that gives you a creative outlet.  This could be writing, drawing, photography, scrapbooking, knitting, designing websites, etc.  Your life will be much more fulfilling.  The time you take out of your day for this can replace the time you eliminated from other areas.

17. Simplify goals.  Focus on one goal at a time, give it all of your energy, therefore you will have a better chance of success.

18. Keep track of your day so you know where the time is being spent and where you can make adjustments.  This way you can free up time for important things, like reading or playing with your child; and doing things you love.

19. Single-task.  Multi-tasking is more stressful & less productive.  (I need to work on this one!)

20. Fill your day with simple pleasures & sprinkle them throughout your day.  (Love this one.  I had to include it, though I don't do it often.)

21. Create an easy-to-maintain yard.  (We don't have nearly enough time to maintain our yard, so this is a very good point for us!  Just last weekend, we actually started working on doing this in our front yard.)

22. Carry only the essentials.  (I have only just begun to do this.  I have a tiny purse which only fits my essentials; and I can easily fit it into the diaper bag when we're out and about with Lee.  My husband, on the other hand, has weighed his jacket down so much with all of the stuff he has loaded into his pockets!!)

23. Create a realistic Life Plan; by doing this I feel that I am somewhat in control and when I feel that we are in a rut, I can always look at my Life Plan and feel reassured that we are on the right path.  (Check back soon for a free printable for your 5-year Life Plan)


Always ask:  Will this simplify my life?  If the answer is no, reconsider.

What do you think of my list? Is there something on the list that really jumps out at you that you think you can implement in you own life right away? What would you add to your own list?


3 comments:

  1. Thanks for linking up with Happy Homemaker Me, Ann!

    I love the 2nd point--it's so easy to decide to make life changes and try to do everything at once. It's much wiser to begin implementing one change at a time so that you can master it before moving on.

    Great post!

    ♥ Bethany

    www.happyhomemaker.me

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    1. Thanks for stopping by and the nice comment, Bethany. :)

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    2. Oh, I also included the blog hop button link at the bottom of the post, even though the blog link party has past; I hope that is ok?

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