Thursday, February 4, 2010

Simplicity


Today I read an interesting post on Unclutterer called "Setting Limits with a Super Simple Month." While the goal is admirable, I am not sure whether I would want to limit the times that I go out. Living in Boston and going to school in a college town, I would feel like I am missing out on too much. However, I do recognize that it is important to have some time to yourself. Also, buying only necessities is definitely a thing I need to be working on, since living expenses seem to be eating me up alive. Why does my contact lens solution cost about $10 for the little bottle that runs out in 2 weeks? Why are sandwiches $7.50? When did the world become so expensive?

Anyway, the post did get me thinking about ways that I would enjoy making my life a little simpler. This month, February, is the Month of Love for my Happiness Project. One of the ways that I should act in a loving way to myself is by having some time for myself away from the craziness that is the life of a college student in a city.

Here are some ideas to give myself more time:

  • Turning off my electronics an hour before bedtime
  • Organizing what I need for the day the night before (No more running around going crazy trying to find everything) 
  • Spending less time on my schedule (I tend to overschedule, which I'm beginning to see is a way of procrastinating) 
  • Waking up earlier. (My ultimate goal is to be able to wake up and have energy at 7:00 a.m. My current wake up time ... 7:45 or 8:00.)

Here's what I would want to do with that free time
  • Paint my nails a gorgeous, cheery color
  • Make collages from my old magazines
  • Meditate
  • Do the Laundry (Having dirty clothes around makes me feel like my life's gotten too crazy to handle even the simple things.)
  • Settle down with a good book. 

3 comments:

Erika said...

I absolutely LOVE these posts of yours, Catie. I think I would benefit from this..."Turning off my electronics an hour before bedtime," as well. I usually stay on the computer, or listen to my iPod right until I go to bed - it makes it so that I never settle down! :/

daisychain said...

this is such a great post x

Aury said...

Organisation is a great thing to have. I know because i would love a simple life, i think.