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5-Minute Tasks That Will Change Your Life!

April’s Mission Statement

We’ve all heard of a mid-life crisis, a quarter-life crisis, or ‘my whole life is a crisis’, but how about a quarter-year crisis?

I’ve said crisis too much.

It’s now April. We are a quarter of the way through the year and that feeling of stress, and lack of motivation, is setting in. January is but a distant memory. We can’t remember what the heck our resolutions even were, and December isn’t close enough to think ‘ah fluff it’ and give up on our life ambitions.

We’re stuck.

Stuck in this limbo of no motivation, purpose or drive, and it’s too early to justify giving up and eating selection boxes.

That’s what a quarter-year crisis is and it’s what April is all about here at Misled Millennial. I’m going to help you get back on track and feeling motivated again.

Each week, I will be focusing on a different side of your life, and how you can take simple, realistic steps to improve it.

With it also being stress awareness month, what better way to give stress the middle finger, than by getting ourselves together? Who’s with me?

This week’s agenda – Your Personal Life (Dun Dun duuuuuuuuuuun)

Don’t be frightened. This is not as creepy as it sounds. I have broken down your personal life into 4 categories, and for each category, I have come up with simple, 5-minute tasks you can do to improve them.

A huge part about feeling stuck, or unmotivated, is feeling like you don’t have control of your life. By taking small steps towards an organised, simple life, you can take back control and find direction.

These tasks will lower your stress levels, declutter your mind and help re-energise you for the year ahead. They don’t have to be done in any particular order, or all at once. They are just ways you can easily get your life back together and feel motivated again. Let’s do this.

1) Your space – No matter where you live, your space has a huge impact on how you’re feeling mentally. Your space can help you recharge and feel peaceful, or it can add more stress and make you consider living in Ikea! These tasks will help your space feel clean, welcoming and peaceful.

- Put your clothes away – This will help you know what you have, making the decision of what to wear less stressful. Listen to a podcast whilst you do.

- Put your washing on – There’s nothing worse than rushing around trying to find the top you’re looking for, or a clean pair of pants! Make your life easier and keep on top of it.

- Strip your bed – You’ll thank me when you feel like you’re sleeping in a cloud. A good night’s sleep is vital for your wellbeing.

- Empty any out of date items from your fridge – No one wants food juice in their fridge!

- Empty the rubbish and put your recycling out – Rubbish smells, it attracts insects and makes you feel gross. Get rid.

- Put everything back it’s in place – Do a quick walk around your space, anything that isn’t where it should be, put it back.

- Wash your dishes – This always seems worse than it is. Watch a Youtube video whilst you do it.

- Wipe your kitchen sides – Having clean sides encourages you to put your food away and keep on top of your dishes.

- Donate - Pick 5 items of clothing you haven’t worn yet this year and give them to charity. This means less clutter for you and a good deed all in one.

- Mix it up – Move some furniture around, buy some new cushion covers, or plants. These are small, inexpensive ways, to make your space feel brand new.

2) Your belongings – Having too many belongings can cause stress. Belongings also seem to collect clutter all on their own, which can make you feel like you’re drowning in stuff. Try these…

- Bags – Whichever bag you use throughout your day, empty it out. Remove the rubbish, empty the crumbs (don’t worry, we all have secret snacks) and put anything away that no longer needs to be in there.

- Purse/wallet – Empty out all of your receipts and either file or shred them. Remove any expired gift cards or bits of paper and take out any loose change and put it in a money box.

- Gym bag – These can often be left to grow legs of their own! Empty it out, put your gym wear and towels in the laundry and wash your water bottle.

- Car – Remove all the rubbish and return any belongings in there, back to their place in your home. Wipe down your steering wheel, radio and gearstick and shake off your floor mats.

3) Technology – Technology is meant to ease our stress. It can help keep us organised and store everything in one place. When you’re busy though, it can all get out of hand. These 5-minute tasks will help...

- Clear your emails – Just 5 minutes of actioning emails can make a huge difference. Delete spam, move appropriate emails to the right folder and get that ever-growing number down.

- Delete any apps you don’t use – They are taking up memory, battery life and screen space.

- Organise the apps you currently have – This will save you so much time and stop your mobile/laptop feeling so cluttered.

- Delete one social media app – You’ll thank me later. You don’t need access to every social media platform, all the time. Not having the app will mean you consciously need to log in on your browser, stopping you from aimlessly scrolling all the time.

- Go paperless – Bank statements, insurance documents, doctors’ appointments can all be emailed to you. It’s 2019. We do not need to waste paper, and clutter our homes, when everything is online.

- Unsubscribe – Unfollow or unsubscribe from anything, or anyone, who no longer brings you joy. Only follow people who inspire you and make you feel good.

- Organise your desktop – Put all of your files in specific folders, delete any unused documents or applications, and close all of your tabs.

4) You – Having your physical belongings decluttered and organised, will make a huge difference to your mental health and wellbeing. Most importantly though, you need to de-clutter your mind. These 5-minute tasks will stop you feeling like you’re struggling to stay on top of everything…

- Sort your calendar – Either a wall calendar, or an app on your phone. Just have one place where all of your appointments, social events and reminders can be stored. This will stop you feeling like you’re losing track.

- Create an achievable to-do list – I’ve gone into more detail about that here. This can be done in a notepad, or on your phone. It just needs to be in the same place to help you keep track of your goals.

- Create a life-admin list – Again, in one place, create a list of all the little jobs that keep buzzing in your brain. This will stop your mind feeling full and give you a clear, actionable list of things you need to do. These can be things like, book an appointment, buy a birthday gift, cancel a direct debit. Just small tasks we need to do, but often put off until last minute.

- Plan a set self-care evening – Block out one night this week in your diary for self-care. This time is to do whatever helps you feel happy and relaxed. Don’t do any work, or errands. Just take the entire evening to rest and recharge.

I really hope this post has given you some easy, realistic ways to get back on top of your personal life. All of the tasks I have mentioned, will take you 5 minutes or less and will make a huge difference to your mental health and wellbeing.

This new free headspace, will not only lower your stress levels, it will also allow you to find inspiration again. Your mind will be free to explore important thoughts, rather than day-to-day worries that wear us down.

If there are any other tasks you do in your own life to help you stay afloat, please let me know down below. I’m always looking for more ways to survive adulthood!

As always, tight squeezes! X

Question of the week: Are there any apps that you use to stay organised?

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