Easy can be good

I’ve been really busy lately, but I’ve discovered some really useful strategies in the last few weeks which have kept me from dissolving into a hectic mess. I thought I’d share them here, because we can all appreciate it when life goes a little easier.

  • I started to use a crockpot. It’s not like I didn’t know about these, and I’ve had one for years that I’d gotten for free, but I have been oddly resistant to this simple technology and I’m not really sure why. I fired it up for the first time a few weeks ago on some lima beans, and now I use it every few days. Beans! Oatmeal! Rice pudding! Cabbage and potatoes! Recipes are easy to find online, and it’s nice to have my dinner cooking while I get my work done. I love it.
  • I have been streamlining my email. I have a Gmail account, but I hate it. I only use it when I need it for Google Docs, so I’ve never used the supposed wonders of its filtering system. I do use Hotmail (now called Outlook), and I recently realized I can make up rules that automatically puts current and future mail into folders. As new ads arrive, I send them and their friends into the ad folder. I look at it once a day to see if I need anything in there. Political email goes the same way. I now get only a few mails a day into my inbox. I feel so much less overwhelmed.
  • Salad in a jar. I have recently discovered this new food trend on the internet, and I have to stop myself so I don’t spend a lot of time gushing about it. You can find recipes all over the place, but the basic idea is that you can make a whole week’s worth of salads and put them in mason jars and just pull one out of the fridge every day for a fresh healthy lunch. It works. It’s yummy. I do this every week now.

I ¬†am delighted to share these discoveries with you, just as I have been delighted to save my sanity. Perhaps you have some tips of your own. I’d love to see them in the comments, but right now I have a salad calling my name.

Your assignment, should you choose to accept it:
277. What can you do to make your life easier so that you more time for the things you need to do and the things you enjoy? Try it out, and if you find a great tip, consider sharing it here.