De-stress by becoming more organized!

De-stress by becoming more organized!

Clear out your surrounding (especially where you spend most of your time, whether it’s the kitchen, the office, or your bedroom) 

The first step to get organized is to get rid of things you don’t need and the unnecessary clutter. I bet that if you look around your home or office right now, you would find at least 20 things that you could easily live without. Get rid of them! It will lift a great weight off your shoulders, eyes, and mind.

Plan your day the night before (MY FAVORITE ONE AND MOST EFFECTIVE)

This will help you not to forget appointments, run late, or walk out of the house without everything that you need. When your time is organized, you’ll feel less stressed. Take 2-3 minutes at the end of the day to plan for the next day; set out anything you need to take with you in the morning, pick out your clothes, locate your car keys, and get a mental image of what you’re day going to look like the next day. This will help you not over-book your day and will give you a clear and realistic expectations of what needs to be accomplished. You will start your morning in a much more centered and relaxed mood without all of the rushing around.

Practice saying NO!

If you want to get organized, you have to set boundaries for yourself. We can greatly reduce stress by simply knowing our limits and most importantly sticking to them. It’s not required that you participate in every activity or personally handle each problem that comes your way. Lose your need of saying “yes” every time someone asks you to do something or go somewhere. You must know your limits! It’s better to tell someone “no” than to accept the additional responsibility, become overwhelmed, and do a not so great of a job.

Deal with paperwork as you receive them

Do you know how much you will reduce stress when you get that paperwork organized? Rather than tossing your mail into the pile, sort incoming paperwork as you receive them. This will help you save so much time when it comes to finding something you need, paying bills, and even studying. Things always look more overwhelming and scary when piled up and when we don’t exactly know what the pile consists of, so SORT THROUGH THEM EVERYDAY.

Make time for yourself every day

This is the number one way to reduce stress and get organized. Without time for yourself, getting organized will be a task that can become overwhelming. Take some time for relaxing and doing something you truly enjoy. It doesn’t have to be a long break, 30 minutes and a cup of tea and a TV show might be enough, or even a 15 minute walk around the neighborhood, or closing your eyes on the couch and listening to a song or two. Just don’t blow yourself off just because you get busy. When you treat yourself as a priority you’ll be much more able to get organized and of course reduce stress levels, so RESPECT your quality time.

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I, Tannaz Moein M.S., am a Licensed Professional Counselor-Intern (LPC-I) supervised by Dr. Dean Aslinia. I received myBachelor’s degree in Arts of Psychology from University of Texas at Dallas, Master’s degree in Science of Counseling at Southern Methodist University, and am currrently working toward my Doctor of Psychology degree from Southern California University. I work with children, adolescents, adults, couples, families, and the elderly population. I have also gained advanced training in substance dependency, adolescence counseling, and crisis intervention. As an Adlerian counselor, I believe people are holistic, phenomenological, creative, teleological, and social. In counseling, I pay close attention to the importance of the complete system of individuals. I believe in experiences, consciousness, and that people are creative and can shape their own personality and have the freedom to affect their destiny.

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1 Comment

  1. Chris
    January 19, 17:29 Reply
    Clutter is my biggest downfall! My desk is an absolute mess but even the thought of organizing it overwhelms me to the point where I just... don't. But I can definitely tell that it's going to make a huge difference in both my productivity and my stress level when I finally get everything organized. I think that dealing with paperwork immediately is a great piece of advice - as soon as I get a bill in the mail I write out the check immediately so I can get it in the mail the next morning. It's one area of my life that I don't have to stress about because I never forget to pay bills that way!

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