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27 Things That Will Make Your Life Easier, Period

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1. Just respond to the email already.

2. Call your mom. Chat for five minutes, pretend that public transportation is coming/you’re walking in to work/the battery is low, then get off the phone. All she wants is to know you’re not dead — and to know that your relationship, no matter how shaky it may be, is still intact.

3. Make your bed — it makes the entire room look cleaner.

4. Write out a list by hand. Google may have invented every list-making tool on the planet, but writing it down commits it to memory — and, contrary to popular belief, not every place has internet.

5. When you get a free minute, clean out the thing nearest you, whether it’s a drawer, your gym bag, or your fridge. Just open the door, look at what is moldy, and throw it out.

6. When you get a free moment, do something creative, even if it’s watching ‘Dirty Dancing’ for the twentieth time. Make it a game and study how many times Patrick Swayze’s character smolders for the camera.

7. Apply for the damn job. There’s no sense in complaining about your present situation if you are not making strides to change it. Send out the resume, make the necessary contacts in the field you want to pursue, and go from there. It may not yield results as fast as you think, but the fact that you know you are doing something makes all the difference in the world.

8. Don’t feel the need to fill gaps of silence with blathering comments. That makes you sound like an idiot.

9. Visit one random blog (or five) a day that makes you happy and gives you the motivation to get through the day. If you like food, go check out photos on Tastespotting. If you like to transport yourself into other people’s heads, visit Pinterest. If you like doing fun activities, visit Soul Pancake. There’s something for everyone.

10. Realize when it’s not working out and move on — apply that to whatever situation you wish.

11. If you feel it, do it. The only thing you will lose is the what-if’s because you didn’t try.

12. Sometimes you need to cry. While crying alone is fine, the best cries seem to come when someone else coaxes them out of you by telling you the truth about a circumstance in your life. The tears come, the weight lifts, and then you can fix it.

13. If you can’t make it to something, be honest and say why. I’d rather hear someone be honest and say “I hate that place,” or “I have no money,” than “Can’t — sorry!”

14. Get to know your parents better. You’re an adult now, and you can bond with them on a different level than you could when you were 15. For instance, I asked my mom what songs she could listen to on repeat, and she totally blew my mind when she said the entire “Diamonds and Rust” album from Joan Baez. I listened to it immediately and realized that no only did my mom have an even more feminine side that I thought — I realized that FYI, she cries too. (Although I’ve never seen her do it — true story.)

15. Get your stuff together the night before. Make sure your clothes are clean, your keys are in your bag, and you have your lunch. More mistakes can be made and items forgotten (and repercussions felt) in the 15-minute rush it takes to get out of the door than in an entire day.

16. One day a week, walk to your destination instead of ride. Guess who just got their exercise in?

17. Curb impulse buying and go grocery shopping once a week. Knowing you have at least a loaf of bread, a box of cereal, a frozen dinner, a dozen eggs, pasta, and a can of soup in your fridge can save you from thinking “What’s for dinner?” and ordering $25 takeout.

18. Sign up for direct deposit and automatic bill pay on every service you can – and find out how to access your checking account online. That way there’s no “I forgot to pay that bill!” Because trust me, that happens sometimes.

19. Once you do agree to something, put it in a calendar so you don’t forget.

20. Say it with me: Go. To. Sleep. You are of no use to anyone (or yourself) if you are in a bleary-eyed flood and only making halfway decisions.

21. Save it and make a copy.

22. Shut up, say “You’re right,” and move on.

23. Slow down. The minute you realize — as clichéd as it is — that life really is a journey and not a marathon, the better off you’ll be.

24. Do a five minute scan over any and everything that you are about to email From the smallest email to the biggest story, read it aloud, read it to yourself, scan it for typos, send it to someone else if you have to — but checking for mistakes now can eliminate corrections and embarrassment later.

25. Have an extra set of batteries. Only so many devices can be charged via USB.

26. Ask for help. Knowing that someone you trust has your back and is looking out for your best interest creates calm for your brain.

27. Whatever it is, just do it. TC mark

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  • ANON

    Easier said than done, period.

    • Gaston

      But it needs to be said before it’s done. No one can make effective changes in their life on instinct. 

      • http://twitter.com/shoshkabob Shosh

        I beg to differ.

    • Polly Ester

      yeah, but every little helps…

  • http://www.facebook.com/luciana.crolla Luciana Crolla

    best article ive read in a while. plain and simple and has probably made a diff to my life starting tomorrow! thank you. wish someone had said it to me like this years ago

  • http://twitter.com/mariannemichael Marianne M Chrisos

    Actually, most of these things are pretty easy. Nothing life shattering about making lunch, having batteries, buying bread, making your bed, rereading an email, NOT speaking when it’s quiet, etc. There are lots of reasons we blame things for not getting things done, but very rarely is it because things are genuinely too hard or past our capacity.

  • Anonymous

    Once I was done reading I immediately went to my inbox to look for the damn emails to respond to, as per number one’s suggestion. Applying the logic of number thirteen (being honest), I am about to frankly apologise to people for not replying their emails earlier because I hate the damn things.

    Your article contains typos, by the way. But it has some gems!

  • Anonymous

    The last word in the title is NOT part of the overall theme. 

  • Christine

    Was the typo in #24 intentional or?…..

  • ScatterBrainedandCreative

    Different strokes for different folks. Take an MBTI test and you’ll probably rate high on planning and anal-retentive organization, but not everyone does. Lists don’t work for some people. Sometimes other things are more important than making your bed every morning. This is all, like, your opinion, man.

    • Peaches

      Sounds like somebody’s getting defensive about their own practices. As a fellow scatterbrain, I find it hard to believe that you think lists aren’t useful. The act of writing something down not only imprints the task/item/whatever into your memory but you have the reminder for later. It’s science. We don’t fuck with science. 

      When my mom pops by for a surprise visit, the simple act of stuffing my laundry in the closet and making my bed enables me to let her in the place without her disappointed gaze searing into my soul because her lovely daughter is a messy slob. 

      You know what? Fuck it dude, lets go bowling.

  • RJS

    lol, #1. Enough said.

  • Anonymous

    I can’t help but love lists… 

  • Guest

    Re  #25: It was an odd realization that the only battery-operated device I have left in my life is my vibrator (save, I suppose, the TV remote, which never needs changing). BUT, that is not a device you want dying without a backup, especially without other devices to borrow from (damn remote and its useless AAs!). That is all. 

    • GUEST

      So you don’t have a cell phone, an iPod, a tablet, a laptop, an e-reader, calculator, or a digital camera?

      • http://goldenday.tumblr.com/ Kia Etienne

        all of those are charged via USB, dude. Save the calculator perhaps, assuming you have a TI-83.

  • Stephanie

    Love this list.

  • http://twitter.com/georgiawisdom Georgia

    Number 13 for the win.

    • MickeyO

      Really? This one I wasn’t really on board with;  I’d say “Can’t — sorry!” is about all the honesty and information I need in the abiding majority of such scenarios.   Trying to imagine all the honest responses I’m missing out on when people violate #13 with me:  “Your parties suck.”  “I hate theatre [better yet “I hate your stuff.]”   “I don’t date men who look older than my father [younger than my son].”    “When it comes to hanging out with you, especially one-on-one … a little goes a LOOONG way!”
      I assume / hope I’m overstating it  —  maybe I do need TMI, or MI.

  • http://twitter.com/alisonwisneski alisonwisneski

    “Do a five minute scan over any and everything that you are about to
    email From the smallest email to the biggest story, read it aloud, read
    it to yourself, scan it for typos, send it to someone else if you have
    to — but checking for mistakes now can eliminate corrections and
    embarrassment later.”

    …you forgot a period after the first sentence.

  • Jessica

    8. Don’t feel the need to fill gaps of silence with blathering comments. That makes you sound like an idiot.
    90% of the people i have to interact with on a daily basis need to hear this. and comprehend it. and implement it. 

  • Gregory

    i thought all of this was common knowledge. ’tis a shame we have to be told or persuaded to do things that make our lives easier.

  • http://karyninny.com/ karyn

    i enjoyed this and i didn’t enjoy any of the negative comments about it afterward. i’d like to add “if you can’t type something nice why put the energy into typing something mean?” to the list please. thanks for writing this, erin. 

  • Guest

    Aw, number 24 may have just nullified itself

  • http://www.twitter.com/mexifrida Frida

    I need to start replying to emails sooner and figure out why I have such an aversion to it.

  • Loser

    One of the best things I’ve read on TC, period.

  • Jennifer

    Really, really good advice. And in convenient list form!

  • Shatha H.

    silly…but so true!

  • MeWho?

    Great advice and simple as you say. Thank you!

  • DCDenise

    #2  Send this to every teenager/young adult that you know that no longer lives at home. That is the absolutely best way to put it, we (Moms) just want to know you’re not dead. I don’t necessarily need or even always want a long conversation, but I always like to know you are ok.  ~Mom

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