This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of CenturyLink. The opinions and text are all mine.
With the start of a new school year, families everywhere are looking for ways to simplify, and reduce the craziness in their lives. After a relaxing summer, new schedules and routines can leave even the most seasoned parents feeling overwhelmed.
If your family is seeking tips for minimizing the chaos this school year, you’ll love these easy-to-implement ideas for streamlining your life.
Evaluate Your Commitments
Family life comes with all kinds of commitments, from work and school obligations, to extracurricular activities and social events. None of us can do it all, unless we are willing to spend our days frazzled and frustrated. The best way to eliminate overscheduling our lives, is to simply let go of some of the things that take up our time, money, and energy. If a commitment in your life doesn’t bring you joy, and isn’t completely necessary, try omitting it from your schedule, and see how much less stressful life can be.
Purge Household Items
My family has been on a minimalism journey for quite awhile now, and it has been the best thing for us. We literally went through every room, closet, and drawer in our house, and got rid of things that we no longer have a need for. Everything from toys and furniture, to clothing and pantry items were included.
Some of the things were sold, a few were repurposed, and others were donated to local programs, such as the CenturyLink Backpack Buddies Food Drive, that sends home nutritious meals with at-risk children, ensuring they have the food they need on weekends and during school breaks, when they don’t have access to school food programs. Now, we have fewer things to clean, less clutter, and our home is so much easier to keep tidy.
Utilize A Planner
Whether you prefer a paper version, or an app on your smartphone or tablet, using a planner is a straightforward way to keep track of your family’s busy schedule and to-do lists. As a single mom of 4, I can’t imagine living without my planner. It makes it possible to keep up with all of life’s demands, and helps to maintain my sanity.
Doing several things at the same time might seem like a great way to accomplish all of the day’s tasks in an efficient manner, but quite the opposite is actually true. Multitasking can be stressful and overwhelming, and doesn’t allow you to give each task the attention it deserves. Instead, choose one thing at a time, completing it to the best of your ability, before moving on to the next item on your list.
Simplify Your Internet Service
Technology is a major part of our lives today. We use it constantly, in nearly all that we do – business, education, household management, entertainment, communication, and more.
The new school year offers a wonderful opportunity to take inventory of our lives, figuring out what’s working and what isn’t. This is true of home internet service as well. If your family could benefit from a streamlined experience, you’ll be excited to learn about CenturyLink Price for Life.
No contracts, no promotional pricing, no rate hikes, and no bundling needed. Just one simple bill each month, backed by the premium customer service only CenturyLink provides. Like the name says, with CenturyLink Price for Life, your family will enjoy high-speed internet, priced for life. You’ll pay the same low rate each month, for as long as you keep the service. If that isn’t simple, I don’t know what is.
CenturyLink has been a long-time supporter of education, and the technology that fuels learning, by supporting several education initiatives in my local area (Portland, Oregon). Just this year, they donated more than $55,000 to the CenturyLink Teachers & Technology annual grant program, that awards funds to educators who exemplify technology excellence in the classroom.
Education and technology go hand-in-hand. With supporters, such as CenturyLink, the learning possibilities for our children are endless.
How does your family simplify back-to-school season? Feel free to share your tips in the comments below.