Sometimes, even the smallest of tasks can help us feel better about our lives. We all have so much going on, all the time, that it seems to never end. But here are a few things you can do in a matter of seconds or minutes that will clean up your life just a little bit and help you feel a little less frazzled and a little more organized.
- Erase your text messages. Keep the most important ones but clear out the rest. You’ll save your eyes from the clutter, save your phone the storage space – which may help it run better – and make a small cleaning adjustment to a device you probably use every day.
- Clean out your email. This might take a few minutes, but sort through email. Toss the junk or the things you aren’t using. The emails you might need in the future, make folders for them to get them out of your inbox. For instance, I have a folder for each upcoming trip I’m planning; the folder has all my confirmation for bus tickets, events, hotels, etc. It’s an easy way to keep everything organized & right at my fingertips without having to search through my inbox.
- Weed out your “following” or “friends.” Social media is great, but how many people on there do you actually TALK to or care about? If there’s accounts that you shrug at every time you see a post from, or someone on your Facebook friends who is constantly posting things you don’t care to see…. maybe it’s time to consider breaking that virtual tie for now.
- Clean out your bag. Something you use daily, it’s bound to get filled with all sorts of things, including some meaningless and useless trash.
- Write it down. If there’s something you’ve got in the back of your mind like “Oh, I need to do this later!”… write it down NOW. You won’t have to think about it any more, and it’ll clear some space in your mind. This also goes for story ideas and other creative endeavors.
- Write. Just write. If it feels like you’ve got a lot going through your head right now, write. Just free write – anything you feel. Express yourself, describe your emotions, your worries, your plans. Get it out of your head and onto tangible paper and you’ll feel a little bit better.
- Ask for help. Don’t be afraid to ask for help and delegate portions of tasks or tasks if you think other people might be able to assist you!
I hope these are helpful. They may seem like small, insignificant things that you may not think will make a difference, but it often amazes me how completing small tasks such as these helps me to feel better. It alleviates stress, helps me feel as though I’ve accomplished something, and gives me a visual PROOF that I’ve done something productive. I can’t quite put my finger on why it feels so good to clear out my old text messages or the old photos on my cell phone that I don’t need anymore; I think it’s the idea that I’m in control and able to get rid of the old, essentially useless trash in at least one aspect of my life, and all I need to do is hit a couple buttons to do so. Weeding out my following on Twitter does the same thing; I can’t quite say what I like about it, just that I know it feels good to clean things up every once in a while.