One of the most important fundamentals to being organised and staying in control is your mindset.
When we talk about mindset, we’re talking about the positive and negative ways we think about everything from cleaning the house to making dinner, work, travelling, kids, commuting…. everything.
With the huge amount of things we try and squeeze into every day, it can quickly make you feel overwhelmed and unorganised; like you just can’t do it all. So, by changing your mindset you can achieve more than you realise.
Even if you have some help at home, it can still feel very isolating. Like there’s no hope of ever getting on top of it all, you’re losing control of things and drowning in everyday life. I know because I’ve been there myself a few times over the years, and it sucks – big time.
This is one of the main reasons we wanted to be able to do Homebasics101. To show you that even though life can be difficult and complicated, you can simplify aspects of your life to make things easier.
We want to be able to show you how making a few small changes can make a huge difference; but it does take time and continuous learning to get there. This is the reason for showing you how to:
- cook simpler but delicious meals
- stockpile meals for days that are busy
- take control of your finances
- make gardening simple and enjoyable
- how to look after your home and car with simple DIY tips.
This is just the beginning. By making a few changes to how you go about your everyday life can make a huge difference to your mindset.
I had the opinion that I had to do it all; the cleaning, the finances, cooking, maintenance all of it, and that there was no one in my corner to help me or talk to for advice. These thoughts could be quite dark, but I was aware that this kind of negativity wasn’t helping. I knew that not only did I needed to make changes in the way I think, but I also needed to make some changes at home and at work to make life easier.
Learning to change my mindset was a huge game changer. I’m no longer concerned with cleaning chores or cooking (which by the way, I love to do and is a passion). Even when I work long hours and then travel 3 hours a day, it’s now no longer that:
- I think about
- I hate
- I even get concerned or worried about anymore.
It is now a non-issue. Yes, I’ll be honest and confess that I do, on the odd occasion, find myself going down the black rabbit hole of negativity. But it is something that, with practice, you can change.
Being able to consciously change your headspace into a positive mindset will help you to be more organised and take back control of your life. You will be surprised at how much you can actually do when you have a positive outlook and no longer sit in the negative space. It may take a few goes, but with practice you will get there.
Mediation is a fantastic way to reset the mind to be able to focus and concentrate on what needs to get done. I do mediation in a few ways:
A very simple, but really effective way to stop a racing mind. The trick is to completely focus on nothing but your breathing.
- As you breath in, concentrate on the words “breath in”
- As you breath out, concentrate on the words “breath out”
Continue to do this for as long as needed and you will find that after time, your mind will stop racing because all you are doing in that moment is breathing. This is the exercise I like to do if I have trouble sleeping as it’s a great way to stop the mind from racing.
Meditation Apps on your Phone
This process really helps to refocus and clear the mind. There are some great free app’s that you can download like Calm or Smile that will guide you through different types of meditation.
Meditating for even for 5- 10 minutes can really change the way you’re thinking. Try to meditate at least once a day, even if it’s in the carpark, the loo, or at your desk. Any place where you can find a little quiet. It’s a great way to reset the mind into a more positive and productive way of thinking.
The last one is to find someone who can coach you, and it doesn’t have to be in the physical sense. A great coach I found is Brian Tracy whom I listen to on YouTube. He also wrote a fantastic book called “Eat the Frog’ which you can get on YouTube and listen to in the car. He has a great way of showing you how to think positively and constructively in order to get things done.
I know what your thinking, but hear me out. Exercise can be a great stress reliever. Personally, I know if I haven’t done some form of exercise then I feel worked up, I’m not focused and every little things rubs me the wrong way. Regular exercise, even a casual walk around the block at lunch time, can give you a real boost and can help clear the mind. You’ll be amazed at how much better your’ll feel inside.
The reason I wanted to write this post was to let you know that we all have moments of negativity, and sometimes more often than we like to admit. In this day and age, it is very easy to feel completely overwhelmed, like you’re drowning in everyday life.
What I have learnt over the years is that a positive mindset has made a massive impact on how I live every day. It does take practice and sometimes requires conscious effort, but I couldn’t do all that I do every single day without it.
At Homebasics101, it’s our aim to show you simple tips and tricks to allow you to take back control of your life. Life isn’t easy and there are always going to be challenges. Bad things happen. If you can learn to acknowledge the challenges, move on and not dwell on negativity, you can pull yourself back to a positive mindset and accomplish so much more.
‘Being in the right mindset will help to – in short – not sweat the small stuff.’