This pandemic has forced a lot of us to take a closer look at our lives. I've come to the conclusion that us humans really do have a knack for over-complicating the simple.
Recently my husband and I decided to switch roles, giving me more time to focus on my business whilst he takes care of the kids. Within the first few days I found myself in an overwhelmed mess - so much technology to apparently make life simple. I closed my office door each night feeling more stressed, overwhelmed and like a completely failure.
So I had a re-think as there just had to be a better way. I have always had simplicity as the core essence of my business, so why not apply it to all aspects of my life - the way I style my home, exercise, plan meals, work, friends, family, socialising?
The next day I woke up refreshed, ready to start again. I began by cleaning up and organising all the work files on my computer. What a difference such a simple task made. It makes sense, right, that if we start the day with a clear head, then we re-claim our sense of control which allows us space to think, dream, plan, explore.
Now, whenever I feel myself going off course, I repeat and visualise 'simplicity'. It is making a huge difference in my life.
Let me share with you another interesting example of this mindset, relating to my kids and family life. The mornings can get quite stressful, getting the girls dressed, fed and out the door in time for the school bell. I'm sure you have the same scene in your household. I took a closer look at our morning rituals and asked myself where I could improve. I started by editing their clothes - too much choice (and too much work for me keeping everything tidy), only keeping their favourite and most practical clothes, limiting their options. The next day, a miracle happened. The girls went to their rooms, picked out an outfit, no whining, no arguments and everyone left the house without feeling like they'd overdosed on caffeine. I was now on a mission to simplify every corner of my life!
What I'm saying here is that it doesn't take much to make big change. The next time you feel the need to rush out to do yet another grocery run for the evening's meal, take five minutes to look through your fridge and cupboards to see what you have and use your in-built creativity to come up with something simple and nourishing.
Also remember to show gratitude - it is so important to acknowledge what we have in our lives right now because we have a tendency to always be planning ahead and forgetting about the moment.
So I encourage you to give this a go. Let go of the noise and clutter and welcome a life of simplicity, only holding onto the things and people that are meaningful to you.
I'd love to hear your tips for creating more simplicity in your life.
Have a wonderful day, wherever you are in the world.
ps A huge bonus - my exercise regime has now been trimmed down to a mere 20 minutes, but still proving effective :)