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My Spring Simplification Strategy

Posted April 3, 2014 by Adrienne Asselmeier in Life After Five
Alright, alright. It’s time. I feel bad about it because I like writing for this crowd, but I’m afraid I have to bow out. I have been gaining a lot of other projects, and am doing some continuing education for my job, so I have to cut something. Working, running, eating, sleeping, and spending time with my husband are top priorities, and I’d rather do a handful of things really well than try to do everything with lower standards.

What I’m saying is, I won’t be writing weekly for Career Girl Network anymore. I know! Sad. I might be able to do a guest post here or there, but I can’t commit to taking the time each week to put together good content. Instead of trying to smash something together in thirty minutes, once a week, late, and without any good photos, I’d rather just be honest about my need to simplify my life. Then, if I am able to contribute in the future, it will be a pleasant surprise!

With that in mind, of course I need to write one last relevant post.

Here are the steps to my Spring Simplification Strategy!

  1. Cutting back on volunteering. I like to help out my non-profit friends pro-bono when I can, and to show up for events to lend a hand. I want to keep some volunteering in my life because I think charity is an important part of being a humble person, but I can’t do as much as I’d like. Instead of trying to do something on a regular basis, I’m going to see if there are just a few things I can put onto my calendar now. One-time events and volunteering projects that are just a couple hours on occasion will be all that I can comfortably fit in.
  2. Phasing myself out of extra work. You know that article I just wrote about picking up a second job? Yeeeaaaaaah, I need to get rid of some of my extra work. I want to be an expert at my full-time job, and that’s not possible if I never leave time to go through tutorials, get my Google certificates, and read the books I’ve picked up. It can be hard to get rid of some of the paid work because, for me, my extra job is paid (and extra money is good), it’s super easy (could do it in my sleep), and it doesn’t take up that much time. The issue is that I’m just doing it as a favor at this point. I know that I can’t be replaced easily and I don’t want to burden my friend with taking on the extra work. So I keep doing it. We’re taught to not be selfish and to take one for the team, but you have to keep your best interests in mind. If it’s not working for you, get rid of it.
  3. Simplifying my social media. This might just be me, but I seriously need to cut back my social media time. Sometimes I sit and look at my Facebook feed on my phone and I don’t even interact with it. I just scroll. Am I the only one who has more than one social account? Yeah, at one point I had 3 Facebooks. That is unacceptable. But now that I am allowed to have a personality at work, there’s really no reason. I don’t need to try and separate my life that much, and there is just added confusion from my family, with pretty much everyone tagging the wrong account. Sometimes people get mad because they think I unfriended them. It’s ridiculous. I need to combine the accounts.
  4. Getting up earlier. I always feel more productive in the morning than in the evening. In the evening, I end up zoning out while scrolling along on my phone, or I spend time on my computer doing nothing. Those things are not important. When I wake up early, I can run, write, or pick up my house. It’s time that is better spent. If I can make myself cut out the useless things I do in the evening and go to bed earlier, I’ll get up earlier and make the most of my day, meaning more free time to play with my kitties or watch movies with my husband. Yay!
  5. Donating stuff. I have a random checklist including sending in my city taxes, finally getting a better car, and donating a bunch of clothes to Goodwill. I have so much clothing that no longer fits or isn’t my style and all it does is collect at the bottom and top of my closet, or spill out from dresser drawers. Having less clothing and fewer things lying around will make it easier to pick up and feel like things are tidy. That means less time spent cleaning. Yay again!

So anyway, this won’t be the last you’ll hear from me, but I need to simplify. Thank you everyone for reading my articles and giving me feedback on my writing style and content. I love Career Girl Network and am grateful to have had this opportunity!

About the Author

Adrienne Asselmeier

Adrienne "Dren" Asselmeier is a writer and marketing specialist. Dren has a Bachelor of Arts in English Language and Literature and is a blogger, runner, over-achiever, and friend to everyone. She likes to write about science-based health and fitness, small business ownership, and motivational topics.