The holiday season has arrived. And this time of year can bring added work, obligations, pressure, and stress. Here are tips that, combined together, will help you edit out what doesn’t support your health and happiness. Cheers!
Decide what’s most important to you, and focus on that, or those items, people, or to-do’s.
Cut out activities and make room for what matters most.
Turn off all devices, or at least sounds and notifications, at a set time. Ah, peace.
Just say no. It’s not selfish, it’s survival.
Live your life the way YOU want to live it.
Resign from any commitments that stress you out, or don’t add to your well-being. (Refer back to tip #2).
Delegate. Everything and anything you can. (Remember tip #1).
Get rid of clutter and uncomplicate-ify your life. It’s hard to do, I know. But it truly brings you peace.
Redesign your day. Carefully evaluate how you spend your time, then reorganize it so you have time for what’s most important to you. (Yup, right back to tip #1).
Stop buying more stuff. More stuff builds up and means more clutter. (Back to tip #8).
Slow down when you eat (as my grandmother would say). You’ll appreciate your food and enjoy the break from your busy day.
Live in the moment. Slow down. Even standing in a long line, think about something you’re really thankful for, and not all the things you have to do later.
Spend time alone or with family. (In connection with tips #4, #6, and #9).
Do one thing at a time. We cannot truly multi-task. Because we cannot truly multi-focus. Our brains aren’t wired that way. So leave room in your mind for nothing else during that one conversation with a friend or loved-one, and gobble it up, every last crumb. (See tip #12).
Tip 1. Next time you’re hanging a picture, trimming your own bangs, or wanting to know–is it the shelf or the wall that’s wonky, take out your iPhone and open your Compass. Yes, you have a compass hanging out with those other apps you never use. And, it has a secret second function. Swipe left and the compass becomes a digital level.
Put that in your tech tool box, DIYers!
Tip 2. When you’re searching the internet and typing in a web address, take a shortcut and hold down the period icon to choose from the list of URL suffixes (.com, .edu, .org, .net, .us).
Tip 3. Choosing a focal point when you’re taking pictures is fairly simple. Tap the screen where you want the focal point to be and click. But, move your phone/camera and the focal point disappears. Ugh. Try this: press and hold the focal point box for a second or two and it will lock. Now, you can move or turn the camera and your focal point remains.
As summer comes to an end, you may want to give your barbecue grill a good cleaning.
Make sure grill is off/cooled and gas is disconnected before you start. Remove and soak the grates in warm soapy water for 10+ minutes, then rinse. Use a cleaner designed for barbecue grills (found at local home/hardware stores) and spray the inside of the grill, its hood and walls. Take a stiff brush and scrub the grime away. Once everything is dry, put your grill back together and plan your next cookout.
BBQ and Feng shui?
QUICK CLEAN TIP: For quick post-grill cleanups, rub your barbecue racks with an onion.
GRILLING TIP: Brush your meat or fish with your marinade every 10 minutes as it cooks. This will add moisture, trap the smoke flavor and will caramelize your meat/fish gradually.
FENG SHUI TIP: Fire increases enthusiasm and encourages expressiveness, inspiration and boldness.
Is you mind over-stimulated with unnecessary and unimportant distractions? Do you feel like your work is never done? Wonder if you’ll ever get to the bottom of the virtual pile/s? Or remember which password you used for which app? Have you lost your creative and productive edge?
You have 1,440 minutes each day to split between resting, eating, working, family, personal time, errands, housework, and many other things. You don’t want to waste your limited minutes being caught up in hundreds of daily notifications and unnecessary stress over digital clutter.
Choose a time and set aside minutes out of your day in which you let calls go to voice-mail; leave emails unread; turn down your phone’s sound, or just ignore it. Focus on one project at a time without distractions. This project may even mean doing nothing for 10 minutes. You’ll be amazed at how much more you’ll accomplish when you focus on a project without allowing anything else to get in the way, even if that project is 10 minutes of nothingness. Aaah.