I was late for a meeting with someone I wanted to impress and I felt totally overwhelmed as I ran my hand through my disorganized makeup drawer, the kind that requires some research (does anyone feel me?). Then I saw my new favorite article: Kishmiah Organic. I said a thankful prayer, grabbed it and applied what I needed to be sufficiently prepared for the meeting in the elevator mirror.
Who knew that a single object of beauty could provide so much tranquility … and joy? It made me think about what else I can simplify without even knowing that I am doing it. What could I be missing? Here are some ways to simplify without making a crazy mental reboot or a clean mental mental.
1. Cheat on your pizza.
Recently, although a bit late for the game, I discovered the magic of cauliflower crust pizza, which basically makes pizza a vegetable. Cali’Flour is my favorite (it only has four ingredients) and I can make Hawaiian and Margherita pizzas while I feel like a health conscious ruffian. It’s all you need in one! Who needs a salad when your pizza has a double function?
2. Combine coffees.
If you feel a little oversold, that coffee you have with an old colleague and the other you have with a friend from the university can be combined totally. You can metaphorically kill two birds with one stone and hey, you make an introduction at the same time. Introductions are fun! I love saying, “Hey, my friend Bruce will join us, he’s so cool and fun, and you’ll love him. Times that for two, and bingo! You just returned two hours and set in motion a new potential friendship.
3. Apps out!
Do you need to swipe more than once to reserve a table, car or yoga class? You probably need a declutter of the application. We rarely use more than one application slip. I just deleted an Outlook application for a company I no longer work with, an application that I thought was fun in 2014 (… I saved it because I paid $ 3 for it), and a meditation collection that I left when I adopted the calm . A clean phone feels like a clean refrigerator. Happiness!
4. Leave space around your to-dos.
In my corporate work, I had a meeting of 10 a.m., followed by a 11 a.m., a noon and a 1 p.m. No kidding, a former boss of mine kept a tray of water bottles under his desk because sometimes he did not have time to get to the kitchen refrigerator. Madness! Is everything on your calendar really mandatory? What can you cancel or lose? I leave at least 30 minutes between appointments, and the filling helps me relax. Less busy really equals more life in the present.
5. Always ask yourself, “Is this adding to or subtracting from my life?”
If it’s being simplified, it’s good, and adding things can be simplifying, like adding a meal service a week if you do not have time to cook (which also helps you avoid moving Seamless for 40 minutes)
Getting help to clean your home or take care of your child, or even take on an exciting side project, are excellent additions. Subtraction is almost always good too: losing unwanted emails, not compatible friends, those jeans that you bought in 2013 that still have the label … when you ask yourself the question, you always know it.
6. Carry less stuff.
Are your pockets bulging? What about your bag? Do you have four unused “loyalty” cards sticking out of your wallet, an old key or two (with no idea of what they open) on your key chain, an old Kleenex package and an outdated Wrigley’s Extra purchased last winter, all clinking with Wherever you walk? A ruthless five-minute raid will cure that, and you can find your pen when you need it too. Regular mini raids are good for your sanity and your soul.