Our main focus and desire is to find a way to reduce the daily amount of stress and get more organized and efficient, both in the workplace and in our personal life. The truth is that our worse enemy is in fact ourselves. We are the ones that keep us from having a stress-free life. Once we embrace the steps required to get things done faster and easier, we’ll get rid of a huge amount of pressure we put on our mind and body. You can find a few ways to cope with this problem in the following lines:
- Get rid of the clutter.
The first major step you need to make when embarking on this lovely journey of being organized and happy is to get rid of all the things you don’t need anymore. If you take a look around your house or at your own work desk, I bet you’ll find at least 2 items that belong to the garbage.
You can search for clothes in your closet that you haven’t worn in ages. Also, take a look at used-up shampoo bottles or body lotions. I bet you have plenty of them that you’ve been saving for a future need that never came. The simple act of removing unnecessary items from your house has a positive effect on your overall health. You feel lighter, literally!
- Say ‘No’ from time to time
This is a tough one for all people because we are used to pleasing everybody without worrying about the effect caused by this on our own persona. If you accept more workload you’ll end up doing a bad job for each task you are given.
It’s more important to successfully complete one errand before moving one to the next one. Try this method instead. Every day make a list of your top priorities and see how much time you need in order to finish them. If you still have time for something extra, you can say ‘Yes’ as long as it won’t interfere with other aspects of your life.
- Avoid procrastination and deal with new paperwork exactly when needed.
You can reduce a ton of stress if you organize your paperwork instead of tossing your mail into a huge pile each time you receive it. If you make time to go through your mail and classify into different categories, depending on the emergency, you’ll see major improvements in your life. Just recycle the junk mail and group the rest of the envelopes according to what you must solve immediately.
- Make a plan for the day a night before
If you don’t plan things thoroughly the night before, you end up forgetting about appointments, run late, or forget to re-stock your fridge with fresh groceries. So, before going to bed, grab a pen and paper and make a list. You’ll start the morning more relaxed and you’ll be in a perfect mood all day long.
- Make time for yourself
Basically, this should be your main priority every single day. If you don’t make time for yourself, you’ll be so overwhelmed that you’ll end up feeling tired and irritated. Try to take small breaks of 30 minutes and read a book or enjoy a nice cup coffee or tea.