Are you getting stressed-out just thinking about
everything you have to get done? If so, here's a simple
system to help you go from chaos to calm.
1. Stop what you're doing.
If you're super-busy and find yourself getting
overwhelmed with all the tasks and projects you have to
do, the best thing to do is stop what you're doing--at
least for a few minutes.
It's vital to take a deep breath and a step back to be
sure a) you're working on the right things and b) you're
working as efficiently as possible.
2. Be realistic.
The other day, someone asked me if I would volunteer my
time for an event. I quickly glanced at my busy schedule
and graciously declined the offer.
I realized immediately that if I took on this additional
project, that I would be in a major time-crunch.
While others may expect you to be super-human, the truth
is that everyone has limitations. Know yours and be
realistic about how much can actually be completed --
accurately -- in any given day.
3. Keep a running record.
There are always going to be things that need to be done.
Always have a Master List so you can jot these things
This running list serves as a memory tool, so you can
free your mind to concentrate on the task at hand.
4. Take your pick.
Once you have a Master List, use it to write up a Daily
To Do List. Wisely choose four (or five or six--whatever
you can handle each day without getting overwhelmed)
things from your Master List, and put those items on your
Daily To Do List.
Work on those four items, and don't put another four on
that list until those initial four are completed.
5. Make your environment more pleasant.
Are you surrounded by papers and mail? Clear your work
area, even if you have to put everything to the side for
Are your kids interrupting you? Give them a project to do
to keep them occupied.
Not enough light? Add a lamp, or paint the room a lighter
Put on some pleasant music. Light a scented candle.
The bottom line is, the more pleasant your environment
is, the more relaxed you're going to feel.
6. Sandwich in rewards.
After we did a bunch of yard work the other day, my
husband and I went out on the front patio and relaxed
with some lemonade while we flipped through our favorite
After I write my organizing columns for the media, I
often take a refreshing walk around my neighborhood.
Sandwiching enjoyable rewards in between work, can make
your day productive, stress-free and fun.
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