Five Things I Did To Add More Time Into My Life

{my #1 time saver}

 

Even though I wrote a very honest blog a few weeks about using the word “busy” around me, one of my best friends just texted me and told me she has been so “busy” lately. Clearly she did not take the time to read my blog and be put on notice how that word grates on my nerves.

 

Added to that I had a friend tell me last week that she didn’t know how I got everything done. I really don’t see myself as “busy” anymore. I have days that are really full. But for the most part I am doing what I enjoy doing. When people look at my life they see me as busy, but in all reality I lead a pretty organized life. I decided about three years to start making conscience decisions on what I do with my time and money. Because of these choices I believe I have developed deeper relationships with the people I love.

 

  1. I don’t spend time shopping. I found that when I went to my favorite big box stores I spent on average a couple hundred dollars. Then I would go shopping for clothes and spend even more money. I realized that I purchased things because I was bored. I stopped going to the big box stores unless I needed to buy my specific type of laundry detergent. I go for the one item and get in and get out. When I need to buy clothes, I shop with friends in one afternoon and I am done for another year!

 

  1. I got rid of cable. Our family has been cable free for several years. When we did it people weren’t streaming like they are now. We did it because we realized we spent too much time watching TV. I felt that my DVR was holding me hostage. I would find a television show I enjoyed and hit the record button and all of a sudden I would have 17 seasons of shows to watch. I felt guilty. Plus my husband always wanted to free the space on the DVR and bothered me to watch my shows and get them off. No more cable and no more pressure to watch my recorded shows!

 

  1. I stopped saying yes out of guilt. I have kids that are in activities. I spent my years as PTA president trying to give back to our community. The times that I said yes to things out of guilt I found was taking over my life. Now I say yes to things because I want to, not because I think I should. You may have seen me being a greeter at our summer theater production of “Mary Poppins.” I was there because I wanted to be there!

 

  1. I edited toxic people out of my life. Yes this was super hard as I felt those people were in my life to teach me a lesson. But one day I realized perhaps those people were in my life to teach me to get toxic people out of my life. This editing included Facebook too! I spend a lot of time on Facebook for my work and I hide or unfriend people who post messages that I don’t want to see in my newsfeed. Life is too short to read about people being dumb or cruel.

 

  1. I hired someone to clean my house. Speaking the fact that I have someone clean my house use to embarrass me. I am not lazy and I am not super rich, which I assumed people with a house cleaner were. Oddly enough I use to clean for people to help bring in extra income. But what I found is that I hate cleaning my house and it takes me three days to do something that takes my house cleaner three hours. I respect her for what she does for me as it is a true gift to clean other peoples homes.

 

All of these things added together have added countless hours back into my life. I would be remiss to not mention that I have an incredibly supportive spouse. He deserves more than a number on my list! He makes what I do look easy. Having supportive people in your life can really save you time. Now instead of watching TV on the couch we are both in the hammock under the deck reading a book. You will find us volunteering together and not shopping! Take some time this week and find what you can edit out of your life to create more time doing what you love to do!

 

To Joyful, Simplified Organizing,

MS. Simplicity

Melissa is a Productivity Consultant living in Fargo, North Dakota doing her best of living a life full of adventure. Filling a life of memories and not of things!