After yesterday’s notes on social media, I had a bit of a nose around a few Instagram ‘influencers’. My word, it’s exhausting. And formulaic. And presumably very successful – for them at least; I worry for some of the people who feel pressure to recreate the filtered, edited lives they are vicariously living.
It made me think about making life easy for yourself. At the moment I’m living in probably the most sensible house I’ve ever occupied.
It’s warm, cheap, draft-free, nothing is falling down, doesn’t leak, there is a small but easily-manaegeable garden, I don’t have to duck under beams in the kitchen, nor sit wrapped in a blanket to work. There’s no damp or mould, I don’t have to get the ladder out in a storm at 2am to hammer bits back onto the roof, the walls are roughly square and I can walk to either the railway station or fields, depending on my mood.
And it’s great. It’s a normal house. It’s not dull like I thought it might be. I wake up and there’s nothing to worry about, so I get on with my day. It might not have quite the same ‘character’ as some of my previous places (all the above examples are absolutely true), but ‘character’ tends to empty your bank account and freeze your toes.
There’s enough in life to occupy your mind without adding to it. Sometimes that means making your life easier. Living in a less exciting, less dramatic house for a little while. Doing the ‘boring’ bits of your marketing, because although it’s not as fun to, say, send an email to an old customer as it is to start a new Instagram account, it’s probably going to be more successful.
How have you – or could you – make life easier for yourself? Comment below.