First: a nanowrimo writing prompt
You are depressed and drunk at your best friend's (bachelorette/bachelor) party when someone hands you a microphone and pushes you onto a stage at a karaoke joint. What do you say? What do you sing?
Heh. Today's 10 for Tuesday is 10 ways to simplify your life. Of course, I am doing NaNoWriMo, so I need all of the simplifying I can get. Either that, or I am simple for choosing to do NaNo.
1. Plan your meals ahead. If you know what you are going to make, even if it is just pasta with pesto and wilted greens, then you spend a lot less time thinking about what you are going to make. Energy like that can be used elsewhere.
2. Once you are done eating, scrape your plate and immediately put it in the dishwasher (or wash it by hand if you lack the machine). Nothing is more demoralizing in the kitchen than a mess, and food-based messes start to smell badly really fast.
3. Get up at about the same time every day. Even if it is a weekend, getting up closer to your weekday time means that the weekdays don't feel so hard!
4. Have some me time. My me time fluctuates wildly and in the last couple of weeks it has been on an upswing. I knit and read mostly during my me time. It keeps me sane enough to do the things that need doing.
5. Throw away catalogs, ideally sight unseen. Even if you don't have an avaricious streak, it is easy to be sucked into needing something and thus being unhappy with what you have when you look at a catalog. I look at mine and want new kitchen gadgets, more yarn, and furniture to store my yarn. Don't be me. Just throw them out and then sign yourself up for a Do Not Mail service (I see Catalog Choice, but does anyone have a recommendation?).
6. Sort your mail when you get it from the mail box. This is another don't be like me. My mail goes into a pile (sometimes two, one for me and one for my hubby), and I look at it once a week. I don't often miss things, but there are things that would be easier to deal with if I had looked at them in advance.
7. Paint your rooms in something easy to clean that makes you happy. Cleaning walls is boring and if you are like me then it will never get done. I guess I need some relatives to visit, so I will be encouraged to scrub a room or two.
8. Keep important things, like your keys, in an easy to find place each day. I don't want to think about the number of times I have gone crazy in the morning, because I cannot find my keys, wallet, coffee card, etc.
9. If you are tired, go to bed. While obviously this doesn't work while you are at the office, there are plenty of reasons to go to bed at 9 p.m. if you are tired. Stopping the tired and cranky grumps is just a side benefit!
10. When you can, plan ahead. For me, that is making things to freeze for meals later, certain convenience foods that are easy to make or doctor, and a willingness to have breakfast for dinner. I don't normally plan the other things, but I like food (and yarn shopping) so most of my planning energies go there!