This post was written by contributor Chelsea Becker
I’m forever trying to live with less, do less, and consume less in my life. It’s a mantra that I started living out a couple of years ago and for the most part, feel like I do a decent job with. But every so often, I find myself doing too much or with too much in my life and realize I need to check myself. And somewhere between expecting my first child in a couple weeks (all the baby things!), rushing to plan maternity leave, and the urge to finally shop for (non-maternity) clothes for the first time in 9 months, I’m needing that check.
Here are 5 things to consider stopping when you want less:
Leaving my phone
This is a bad habit that comes back into play quickly for me. Whether that’s bringing the phone to the bathroom (just being honest!), filling every spare second with scrolling, or checking it first thing in the morning, I’ve shared my fair share of tips on this issue. I’ve come back to all of those articles I just linked as a reminder, and I’m feeling better already. I especially want to become less attached to my phone once my son is born so it’s a crucial habit to keep.
Again, this is something we all probably jump back into out of habit, even when we know single-tasking feels better. I’ve been focusing on doing one thing at a time, even if it feels like I’m wasting time. This means I’m standing in my bathroom while brushing my teeth and being mindful of the way that feels, keeping only one tab open on my computer at a time, only looking at one screen at a time (no TV and phone simultaneously), and focusing on the person I’m on the phone with instead of trying to use that time to empty the dishwasher, too.
Making and eating food
Another area of improvement for myself and maybe you, too? When I’m making my breakfast every morning (coffee, lemon water, and a smoothie), I notice this the most when it comes to “cooking”. I’ll literally start the coffee then will grab the spinach for my smoothie then will add lemon to my water then go back to adding milk to my coffee and then I’ll grab chia seeds for my smoothie, and so on. I literally spill something at least once a week and it’s because I’m doing too much at once.
Same goes for eating food and meal times. My husband and I don’t use our phones at the dinner table, but I’m definitely on mine while eating lunch and on my computer while eating dinner. Working on this!
Phones while driving
I’m pretty strict about this, but I swear I see people texting/on their phones whenever I look at the car next to me. Like ALWAYS. Scary! If you’re one of these people, for your safety and mine, please consider leaving your phone in an un-reachable area so you’re not tempted. Try the art of Zen Driving instead (I swear by it!).
One of my favorite things about this site – and what drew me in to start writing here a few years ago – was that Geri always keeps it real. Unlike a lot of bloggers, she isn’t constantly selling things or talking about sales. While selling is a totally fine thing to do, I know that personally, I don’t always want those temptations. Same goes with subscriptions to site newsletters and so on. If there’s a constant reminder of what I “should” be buying or what’s on sale, I’m way more likely to shop – even if I don’t need said item.
If you’re in the same boat, I’d consider muting anyone or unsubscribing from sites that get you to have buyer’s remorse – or too much shit in your closet.
What else can you add to this list?