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.