I love a good shortcut. The same or a similar result in less time…sign me up! It’s not that I’m lazy, it’s just that I appreciate how precious my time and energy are. If I’m having a good day, I don’t want to waste it on something I don’t enjoy. And if I’m having a bad pain day and must check an item off my list, I want to do so as quickly as possible so I don’t make things worse.
Let’s take my food, for example. I know what I’m supposed to eat (or rather not eat), but I don’t always do this. When I make this conscious choice that’s one thing, but when I want something healthy and open the refrigerator and all I have are frozen pizzas and I can’t muster up the energy to go to the grocery…that really bums me out.
If you’ve read this blog before you might remember an account of my efforts to eat organic anti-inflammatory foods as much as possible. Well, the last thing I want to do when I get home from work is cook, so I have to take some shortcuts. One of my favorites is to stock the fridge with raw food. Carrots, spinach, radishes, cucumbers, and whatever fruit is in season are my go-to’s. I try to eat something raw with every meal; it is truly a hassle-free (and typically healthy) component.
Even easier is a juice. If you don’t want to deal with anything, from the recipe to cleaning the juicer, just find a place near you that sells delicious organic juice. I work with my brother and one of my sisters, and we have a deal that if during the workday anyone goes to pick up juice at our favorite spot they buy enough for everyone. (This is the ultimate shortcut, as there is zero work involved.)
The next shortcut involves my refusal to fold any clothes that I don’t feel need to be folded. Undies and bras, for example, are just thrown in the drawer. Tank tops: throw ’em in there. The “work out” clothes that are never used for exercising: same thing. These are all pieces that either a) are rarely seen or b) don’t really wrinkle. And even if I did fold my undies, wouldn’t they just get messed up every time I have to dig to find a color that isn’t see-through when I wear white jeans? Or is that the deal…fold your clothes and you don’t have to dig…hmmm..?
The third shortcut did not start as an effort to save time or energy. When I made the switch from regular shampoo to one that is chemical- and plastic-free I went from washing my hair daily to just two nights a week. It was quite the greasy journey, but my hair now is much better for it. I’m not sure if I could maintain this schedule if I exercised, but I don’t, so no need to worry about that. Anyone with chronic pain and a bit of hair knows that washing that hair can be a daunting task, so reducing the number of days from seven to two was meaningful. I’ve actually simplified my entire hygiene / makeup routine, which all started with my switch to chemical-free products, and not dealing with dozens of unnecessary lotions, soaps, and fragrances make this aspect of every day a little bit easier.
As long as I can continue to stay on top of my work, my home, and my hygiene I feel like I’m in pretty good shape. If one of those things starts to slip I hope that those around my let me know so I can elevate my standards, but until then I’m going to keep looking for clever little ways to make my life easier.
What shortcuts do you use? I’d love to hear them! Tweet me or comment below.