Was one of your New Year’s resolution to be more organised?
When things in our life become messy, cluttered and unorganised it can cause a surprising amount of stress. Think about it, if you’re running around looking for something or you’re missing appointments, it’s unlikely you are the picture of calm.
Incorporating a few simple routines to your day can help you feel more organised and therefore help eliminate unnecessary stress.
1. Schedule the week ahead
Look to take some time every Sunday evening to look at what you need to do in the upcoming week. Schedule your important appointments first (doctors, dentist, work meetings etc.) and then schedule self-care. This means scheduling time for exercise, time for rest and time for having fun!
Scheduling in fun may sound dull, but for many of us it’s the only way it’ll actually happen. Try your best to stick to your schedule for the week, but don’t beat yourself up if you go off-plan. Sometimes life just gets in the way!
2. Become a list lover
We’re big list fans here at Therapy Directory, they’re a simple way to keep track of what you need to do. For work, we love creating tick-lists in Evernote and for personal errands, the Any-Do app is super easy to use.
If you find them useful, try to get in the routine of creating to-do lists in the morning and keep them brief. Focus on the really important tasks and be realistic with what you can achieve in a day.
3. Set calendar alerts
Got an event coming up you don’t want to miss? Set yourself an alert in your calendar. This means you’ll get a reminder before the event, giving you plenty of time. During your scheduling time on Sunday, create alerts for any important upcoming events.
4. Have a five minute tidy
Taking just five minutes at the end of the day for a quick tidy can stop mess piling up. You can do this at work too, spend a couple of minutes at the end of the working day tidying your desk. This means you won’t spend the following morning rifling through your paperwork to find a key document!
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