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Want to Organize Your Messy Life? Take Up This 30-Day Challenge

Want to Organize Your Messy Life? Take Up This 30-Day Challenge

Becoming a minimalist takes dedication. Simplifying your life isn’t easy and requires careful thought and consideration. What can you live without?

Where do you even begin? Here are several challenges you can commit to for 30 days to get you on your way to becoming a minimalist.

Day 1: Define what minimalism means to you[1]

Does it mean carrying a 0 balance on your credit cards? Living without cable TV or WiFi? Have one less car or now cars? Does it involve giving your most prized possessions away to charity in order to lead a simpler life free of clutter?

Day 2: Figure out the areas in your life you can simplify

Start with your bedroom for example. Do you have too many blankets, pillows, and clothes lying around? Start by clearing this area of your home. Perhaps limit the decor and comforters. Buy a simple yet comfortable mattress[2]that really doesn’t need a lot of added items like mattress toppers.

Day 3: Declutter common areas

Your living room, kitchen, garage, and bathrooms.

Day 4: Declutter social media

Do you have so many contacts on your iPhone that you don’t even know where half of them came from? It’s time to minimize your contacts. This goes for emails, friend lists, and social networks. What can you do without here?

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Day 5: Downsize your living space

With all the new room, you might consider downsizing to a smaller house or apartment.

Day 6: Limit your subscriptions

Think of all that you’re subscribed to. Can you do without these or limit them? You’re minimizing this area of your life while saving.

Day 7: Get rid of clothes you haven’t worn in two years

If you haven’t worn it in the past two years, do you really want it?

Day 8: If you carry a purse or backpack, clean it out

We know that old squished Snikers bar and old receipts aren’t doing you any good.

Day 9: Evaluate your grocery shopping habits

If it’s been sitting at the back of your fridge for over a month, chances are you didn’t really need it in the first place.

Day 10: Limit the hours you’re connected to your digital device

You may be surprised of all the creativity that comes with ditching your device.

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Day 11: Give your books away after you’ve read them

This is a quick way to prevent clutter and do a friend a favor.

Day 12: Minimize events on your calendar

Find a healthy balance.

Day 13: Clean out your makeup drawer

It’s probably unsanitary to keep makeup longer than three months anyway.

Day 14: Eliminate useless items in your car

We all need a little help in this department.

Day 15: Simplify your morning routine

The plus side is getting to sleep in longer.

Day 16: Give away old DVDs you know you’re never going to watch

They’re really just collecting dust by now.

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Day 17: Eliminate old broken dishes

Those old college cups just won’t do it anymore.

Day 18: Eliminate the junk food like you did your junk drawer

Just imagine all the toxins you’re eliminating.

Day 19: Delete all those selfies on your phone

Just old photos and screenshots in general.

Day 20: Go for a walk without your phone

Take in the scenery.

Day 21: Create a relaxing space at home and in your office

Now you’re starting to live like a real minimalist.

Day 22: Eat and go to sleep at the same time every day

You’ll feel great.

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Day 23: Eliminate worn out socks and underwear

More space. Less clutter.

Day 24: Definitely shred old mail

No one needs extra paper floating around.

Day 25: Delete apps

You probably have ones you never use.

Day 26: Donate old coats and scarves that haven’t seen the light of day in years

You’re doing a nice thing for those in need.

Day 27: Throw away those old nail polishes that have dried out

You’ve probably got a few you don’t need anymore.

Day: 28 Eliminate the useless products under your bathroom sink and don’t buy more

Everyone’s got old hair products we never use.

Day 29: Throw way those old vitamins and medicines

Opt in for a healthy smoothies[3] with all vitamins you need.

Day 30: Definitely eliminate those old dusty magazine you never read

The bottom line is figuring out what is truly adding value to your life and what isn’t. It’s no easy task but this minimalist 30-day challenge will help get you started. If you master the first 30 days, try going for 60.[4]

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Published on April 16, 2019

How Self Care Can Help You Live Your Best Life

How Self Care Can Help You Live Your Best Life

When was the last time you did something for yourself?

Whether it was deciding to treat yourself with a little something or travel for some R&R, how often do you practice self-care?

Well, as good as above sounds, there’s a common misconception that many of us have about self-care: that it’s only about indulgence and enjoyment.

However, self-care goes far beyond indulgence. It’s actually about respecting your mind and body, understanding its limits, and being able to take care of every part of yourself, in a holistic way.

And, you really don’t have to go to extreme measures or do anything specific–like meditating or following a plant based diet–in order to practice self-care. You just have to make sure that what you’re doing is in your best interests.

So how can you make that happen?

Below are a few proven methods that will help you become a better version of you. Follow through with these regularly and you’ll be well on your way to living your very best life.

Listen to Yourself

The bulk of self-care is knowing yourself.

This means knowing your body’s limitations, and being in tune with your feelings, emotions and thoughts. So it’s important, then, to know who you are and what you want to do in life, in order to truly say that you know yourself. 

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What is your purpose?

Have you ever thought about this question?

Your purpose doesn’t have to remain the same throughout your life. What you found a purpose in at age 19 would likely be different at age 49.

In your current situation, think about the different roles that you have – as a working professional, a spouse, a partner, a parent, etc.

Do you feel like you are fulfilling your purpose through any of these roles?

All you have to do is ensure that what you’re chasing is meaningful to you; this will bring focus and motivation as you strive to achieve your goals.

If you have your purpose defined, then that’s awesome! You know what drives you and why.

But, if you don’t feel like you have a purpose nailed down, it’s good to start by asking why.

For example, why are you working in your particular job or industry? If the reason is vague or unclear, then your motivational energy will be the same. In which case, you may find yourself not having a direction for where you’re headed in life.

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If you’d like to learn more about finding your purpose, then I recommend you check out this article:

How to Get Motivated and Be Happy Every Day When You Wake Up

Seek Out Continuous Education

Now, this may seem less common when you think of self-care, but lifelong learning is incredibly useful and an important component of taking care of yourself.

It’s Super Practical

Lifelong learning is extremely practical these days and does not require as much effort as it may have in the past. Long gone are the days when you could only find information on something by visiting a library. In this day of the internet, anything you can imagine is at your fingertips.

You don’t need to physically go to a learning institution to learn. You can watch Youtube videos to learn new skills, take online courses to earn a degree, and scroll through an endless amount of articles, books and journals from reputable news and informative sites.

When you’re constantly pushing yourself to learn and take up new things, your mental health also improves. Research shows that an active and engaged mind is responsible for diminishing age-related memory loss and improves overall cognitive abilities.

Your Confidence Will Skyrocket

You’ll also have improved self worth as it teaches you to step outside of your comfort zone, which will undoubtedly improve your confidence.

You’ll also connect better with others by expanding your knowledge base. Learning exposes you to a multitude of new ideas and perspectives that you may have otherwise never considered. This also increases your adaptability. Whether it’s at work or just wanting to adapt to society, your peers, and loved ones, life long learning prepares you to take on new challenges.

You’ll Be More Desired in the Job Market

Another obvious reason for continuous education, is that your employability will also increase.

With the ever changing economy, and huge influences from technology, social media, science etc., job descriptions today are moving targets. Assignments and roles change so quickly in response to changing business demands, it becomes a Herculean task to keep a job description database current.

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In years past, stability was a characteristic of the world of work. Procedures, information, jobs, and organizations were established and provided continuity. Education was completed in the first 14 to 22 years of one’s life, followed by a long career occasionally punctuated by short-term job training.

Today, however, jobs, companies, and technology are disappearing and being created simultaneously. To remain current and maintain a competitive advantage in the human capital marketplace, an individual is challenged to continually learn.

People return to school at every age to enrich their skills and knowledge for their current positions. Some even prepare themselves for new jobs or career changes, moving them forward into new opportunities and technology.

We can be assured that we will be challenged to continue to learn new tasks and information throughout our lives. Successful careers belong to flexible, curious learners who are prepared for opportunities because they know themselves and where they make their best contribution. As Peter Drucker, the father of modern management stated,

“Knowledge is choice.”

Lifelong learning also increases social awareness and perspective. To genuinely understand and empathize with others, increase social awareness, and foster strong interpersonal relationships, it’s important to seek out new perspectives. Enhancing the skills that positively impact emotional intelligence can bring even greater happiness and success, both personally and at work; and, this is all part of self-care.

Improve Your Habits (Both at Work and at Home)

Now, the last piece of advice I want to introduce to your self-care regimen, is to improve your habits.

Habits define who you are, and are built up over time. You are what you eat is a great example of this. If you make it a habit to eat foods that nourish your body, rather than make your body feel bad, then you will be much healthier overall.

Good Habits Allow You to Reach Your Goals

Since habits dictate your days and nights, such as waking up every morning to get to work before a certain time, or brushing your teeth before bedtime every night, they play a major role in whether we do or do not reach our goals.

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When you form habits that allow you to progress towards your goals, you’re automatically living a purposeful day, everyday.

Habits Make Your Time a Priority

How do you spend your free time? Do you opt to lounge on the couch watching Netflix passively, or do you engage in activities that support your purpose in life?

It’s natural to waste a lot of time during the day, but fostering good habits will make you set a pattern for how you spend your time and give you the choice of what you choose to spend your time on. By improving your habits, you’ll find that you can be a LOT more productive. When you create good habits, you become more efficient with your time and a lot less is wasted.

This in essence creates an overall positive influence on your life, allowing you to treat your mind and body well, which is why improving your habits are so important to self-care.

Your Well Being Comes First

We live in such a fast-paced society, where we are often so caught up in our work, families, maintaining our social lives, our studies and everything in between. It’s an understatement to say that life can get a little overwhelming at times.

If you’ve ever watched the safety video onboard a plane, you’ll know that they always ask for a parent or adult to put on the safety mask first, before tending to the child. This may sound selfish, but the fact is that if you truly want to ensure the child’s safety, then your safety needs to come first so that you can protect and care for the child without complications from your end.

The same goes for self-care. We need to ensure that our well being is priority, so that we can be the best for the people around us.

Listening to yourself, practicing lifelong learning and improving your habits are steps that you can take to ensure you’re constantly in the best state of mind, alongside the indulgence and rest that you reward yourself with.

Featured photo credit: Photo by Raychan on Unsplash via unsplash.com

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