How to Use the Three S’s of Simplicity to Manage your Time

National Simplicity Day The 3 S's for Simplicity Professional woman simplifying their time


Hey all! It’s me, Clarity Claire, back to tell you about another one of my favorite pillars of simplicity: Time. 

My expertise goes beyond just benefits administration to ensure you’re living life to the fullest. And helping you simplify your time and improve time management is a huge part of that!

As we get closer to National Simplicity Day, it’s important to incorporate simplicity into your life to save you valuable time and improve your overall well-being. By simplifying your life, you can reduce stress, increase productivity, and ultimately, live a more fulfilling life.

So, let's break down the three "S's" of simplicity–Streamline, Scale back and Seek help–and explore how you can incorporate them into your life to achieve a simpler and more efficient lifestyle as you learn how to manage your time better.


What are the 3 S’s of Simplicity?

While there are many words that encompass the realm of simplicity, I’ve identified 3 that we are most passionate about here at Clarity.

  • Streamline
  • Scale Back
  • Seek Help

Let’s break each of them down and show how you can use each to better manage your time.


“S” Number 1: Streamline

Streamlining is all about identifying areas in your life where you can simplify and minimize. It means removing the unnecessary and focusing on what's most important.

When it comes to time management, streamlining can help you save valuable minutes or even hours each day by eliminating activities or tasks that don't add value to your life.

The benefit of streamlining is that it allows you to declutter your mind and reduce stress, leaving you with more time and energy to focus on what truly matters.


Here are 3 easy ways you can streamline things in your life to simplify your time.

  1. Declutter your Physical Space

A cluttered workspace or living space can be a significant source of stress and can distract you from important tasks. By getting rid of items that you no longer need or use, you can create a more organized and efficient space. Start by identifying items that can be donated, sold, or thrown away, and make a plan to eliminate them.

  1. Automate Recurring Tasks

Many routine tasks, such as paying bills or scheduling appointments, can be automated to save you time and mental energy. Set up automatic payments or use scheduling software to take care of these tasks without having to remember them each time.

  1. Limit your Social Media Usage

Social media can be a major time-waster and it's easy to get caught up in scrolling through feeds for hours. Set limits on your social media usage by scheduling specific times each day to check your accounts and consider using apps that can help you track and limit your usage.


“S” Number 2: Scale Back

Scaling back is all about reducing your commitments and obligations to create more time and space in your life. It means learning to say no to things that aren't essential so you can utilize your time more fully without getting burnt out.

When it comes to time management, scaling back can help you prioritize your time and reduce feeling overwhelmed. The benefit of scaling back is that it helps you create a more balanced and fulfilling life by reducing stress and allowing you to focus on your goals and values.


Here are 3 easy ways you can scale back things in your life to simplify your time.

  1. Learn to Say No

It's easy to get caught up in the desire to please others and say yes to every request or invitation that comes your way. However, this can quickly lead to feeling overwhelmed and burned out. Learn to say no to requests that don't align with your goals or values and prioritize your time accordingly.

  1. Reduce your Commitments

Take a look at your calendar and assess your commitments. Are there any that can be scaled back or eliminated? Consider reducing your involvement in non-essential activities or commitments that aren't bringing you joy or fulfillment.

  1. Prioritize Self-Care

Taking care of yourself is essential for maintaining a healthy work-life balance. Make self-care a priority by scheduling time for activities that bring you joy and relaxation, such as exercise, meditation, or hobbies.


“S” Number 3: Seek Help

First and foremost, contrary to what that little voice in your head might have told you, it’s 100% okay to ask for help.

Seeking help is all about recognizing that you can't do everything alone. It means delegating tasks to others and leveraging resources that can help you simplify your life.

When it comes to time management, seeking help can help you reduce stress and free up time to focus on your priorities. The benefit of seeking help is that it allows you to tap into the skills and resources of others, creating a more efficient and effective way of managing your time and responsibilities.


Here are 3 easy ways you can seek help in your life to simplify your time.

  1. Delegate Tasks

Identify tasks or responsibilities that can be delegated to others. This might mean assigning work tasks to colleagues or outsourcing household tasks to a cleaning service or meal delivery service. By delegating tasks, you can free up time and make more room for mental clarity.

  1. Use Technology

Much like me, technology is your helpful friend! There are many apps and tools available that can help you streamline and automate tasks, such as scheduling software and email management tools. Even in-home voice-activated virtual assistants like Google Home and Amazon Alexa can help you complete simple tasks with little to no effort. By leveraging technology, you can simplify your workflow and save time.

  1. Ask for Support

Don't be afraid to ask for help when you need it. This might mean reaching out to a friend or family member for emotional support or seeking professional help for a specific issue, like reaching out to the Clarity Customer Service team for help with one of your employee benefits. By asking for support, you can reduce stress and simplify your life.


Join us on July 12 for National Simplicity Day!

Our National Simplicity Day celebration is almost here, and it’s easily my favorite day of the year!

We’ve been counting down the days by offering tips and tricks you can use to simplify your life. One great way to do so is to enter our National Simplicity Day challenge, where you can enter to win a (insert gift item here) to help you streamline, scale back, and seek help across all the areas of your life.

For details, visit

Well, I’m off to put these three “S’s” to work in my virtual world!