Make Life Easier

Make Life Easier
Carly Jacobs
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s you’re sitting here reading this article, you’re probably looking for a magical answer to make your life easier aren’t you? I don’t blame you at all. I literally do that for living. I spent hours every week researching motivational studies, profiling successful people and trialling life hacks. Finding the best life hacks is my chocolate. I really, really enjoy it but even I can get self help fatigue. Sometimes I think it’s important to cut out all the buzzy crap and get back to basics with the simplest of life hacks. I thought about a few things that really help make life easier for me and I wanted to share my favourites with you today. These things might help you a bit if you just want to tell every life improvement guru to piss off, because you’re fatigued with all the complicated over-information.

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These aren’t the the most ground breaking tips that make your life easier but they’re simple and proven to work. They also stop me from totally losing my mind, both in my every day functionality and also when I get sucked into a self help fad.

Use your phone instead of your brain 

I have an incredible long term/useless information memory. My short term/vital information memory is absolute garbage, so I rely on my phone instead. Every time I park my car, I take a photo of where I parked it. If my friend recommends a yummy flavour of tea, I’ll snap a picture of the box so I don’t forget what it looks like. If I’m doing a crochet project,t I’ll take a photo of the hook size and yarn information so I won’t forget the next time I pick up the project. If your brain is a bit shit sometimes, outsource your short term memory issues to your phone. It’s pretty much what smart phones were invented for. You don’t need to worry about filing or sorting these things, just snap it and leave it in your camera roll. If it’s important you’ll come back to it soon. If it’s not important, you’ll forget about it and delete it in the future.

Make the most of your commutes 

Take any kind of commute – to the shops, to work, to the airport – and do something useful. Call a family member for a chat (hands free of course) or listen to a helpful or entertaining podcast. Most working Australians spent more than thirty minutes a day commuting, which equals 2.5 hours per week. Over the course of a working year with four weeks annual leave that equals 120 hours per year that Aussies are wasting on travelling to and from work. I used to sit on the train every day just dicking around on my phone but now I make sure I listen to an amazing podcast every day instead and I put my phone in my bag where I can’t reach it. I used to loathe the 40 minute train trip to my office but now I look forward to it. It’s just about making the trip enjoyable.

Never do anything at peak hour 

Try to avoid being in public at busy times. This means avoiding the post office at lunch time or not doing your grocery shopping on the way home from work like everyone else. I know this is difficult for people with kids but if there’s someway you can re-arrange your day it will save you so much time. The shops are way less busy at 2pm than at any other time so if you take a later lunch break and do your shopping then, it’s totally worth it. Shopping late at night is also a huge time saver. Most supermarkets are open until midnight and are pretty much dead at 9pm. Same with places like Ikea. Don’t go on Sunday afternoon like every other family in your city – go on Thursday night. It’s dead, the shelves will be fully stocked and you’ll save yourself hours of time.

Bulk buy everything you can 

I used to be very anti-bulk buying but now I don’t know how I’d live without it. I only bulk buy non-perishable and usually non-edible essentials like toilet paper, washing powder, dishwasher tablets and toothpaste. It doesn’t seem like a huge time saving hack, but having a few less items on your shopping list each week is a big help. Plus I never run out of toilet paper which means no emergency trips to the supermarket, another thing that wastes a lot of time.

Avoid single purpose trips

I try to never go anywhere unless I’m getting two things done while I’m out. If I’m going for a run, I’ll stop by at the shops on the way home. If I’m driving to another suburb to get a picture framed, I’ll look up to see if there’s a yarn store nearby that I can visit. If I’m going for a head clearing walk at lunch time, I’ll walk to the fruit and vegetable markets to see if there’s anything tasty I can get for dinner. I’m usually against multi-tasking but it’s totally acceptable when it applies to errands.

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What’s your most simple, no bullshit life hack? What’s the one thing you do that makes your life infinitely easier?

 

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12 Comments

  1. skye 3 years ago

    Speaking of yarn shops, I’m planning a solo weekend away in Melbourne soon and would love any recommendations for yarn/craft/art/fabric shops….I’d love to see a “how to get your craft on in Melbourne” story….

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      Carly Jacobs 3 years ago

      Oh that’s a great idea! I’ll let you know but in the mean time Morris and Sons in the city is amazing and so is Yarn and Co in Fitzroy.

  2. chrisatpb 3 years ago

    Not putting something that I can do today, off until tomorrow. I always try to do something my tomorrow or future self will love me for. Agree with you about using commute time. I don’t really have commute time anymore. I have about a 7 minute drive myself to work, but if hubby wants the car that day and he drives me, I always whip out my cuticle oil and hand cream. 7 minutes is just long enough. xx

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      Carly Jacobs 3 years ago

      Oh that’s totally perfect! I do that when I’m waiting for my eggs to poach – it’s 3 minutes x 4. I love using dead time. I try so hard to not put things off! I’m getting better at doing that because tomorrow never comes!

  3. Working part-time means I get to hit the shops for groceries at mid-morning on a Tuesday which is so great that on the occasion I do need to go on a Saturday, I am all like OMG WHAT ARE ALL YOU PEOPLE DOING HERE. I try and time any kind of shopping centre visits or personal admin like post office, haircuts or doctor visits for my weekdays, it makes such a difference.

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      Carly Jacobs 3 years ago

      Ugh! Supermarkets on Saturdays are the actual worst. I can’t even. And it’s like everyone has a million children. I live in an inner city suburb so my local supermarket is mainly filled with busy business people who are super efficient so that makes everything much more smooth.

  4. Maxabella 3 years ago

    Re your first point – I do exactly the same and then I use Evernote to file all the thoughts into something coherent and memorable. Works for me.

    Best way to make life simple IMO is to make as much of the everyday things as routine as possible. So if it’s Monday, we’re having steak and salad and I’m wearing jeans and my blog top with a cardi. x

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      Carly Jacobs 3 years ago

      Yes definitely! I go to F45 on the same days, I do my nails on Fridays and I meal plan on Sundays. Makes the hugest difference.

  5. my2morrows 3 years ago

    Oh I love my 1 hour commute these days. I used to dread it but now that I’m a flexible working mum, that time is gold! I use it to listen to podcasts, plan blog posts or start/finish some work. My best life hack at the moment is to put a load of washing on at night so you can hang it out first thing the next morning and make the most of the Autumn drying sunshine! xx

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      Carly Jacobs 3 years ago

      That’s a great tip but I’m sure I’d forget to hang it out – for all of my organisation tips I’m rubbish at laundry!

  6. Chelsea Sutherland 3 years ago

    MEAL PREP. I spend Sunday making up fresh lunches for Mon-Wed (I have attitude about food going bad) and something like a big arse quiche or similar that can be part frozen, part used for the first half of the week dinners. I still do a top up shop through the week but by having it all so easy for myself early on I tend to stay on track towards the back end of the week too.

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